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Ubuntu Linux Phone from bq to Ship in February 2015

59 min 42 sec ago
Smartphone vendor bq says it will begin shipping the Aquarius E4.5, the first commercial mobile phone running Canonical's Ubuntu Linux OS, in February 2015.

Sony & North Korea: Dumb & Dumber

1 hour 56 min ago
For those of you with short memories, back between 2005 and 2007, Sony didn’t want us playing their CDs on our computers, fearing we might rip-and-burn, so they surrepticiously used their CDs to install DRM software on our computers, which ended up making our machines vulnerable to all sorts of malicious attacks. Their solution to that brouhaha was to release an “uninstaller,” which didn’t uninstall anything and actually installed more exploitable software while collecting email addresses to send back to Sony’s home office.

Canonical Releases Most Stable Ubuntu Touch RTM Version So Far - Screenshot Tour

2 hours 54 min ago
Canonical has just promoted a new Ubuntu Touch RTM version of its operating system and it's moving even closer to the final build that should be ready in time for the February 2015 release.

Best of open hardware in 2014

3 hours 51 min ago
Open hardware is the physical foundation of the open movement. It is through understanding, designing, manufacturing, commercializing, and adopting open hardware, that we built the basis for a healthy and self-reliant community of open. And the year of 2014 had plenty of activities in the open hardware front.read more

Canonical Brings Snappy Ubuntu Core OS to Amazon AWS

4 hours 48 min ago
Canonical's Snappy Ubuntu Core, an Ubuntu flavor designed for lean, secure deployments of containerized apps that uses transactional updates, is now in Amazon's public cloud.

The correct way to install Puppy Linux to a USB drive

5 hours 45 min ago
This guide shows how to create a Puppy Linux USB drive using the Puppy Linux tools as opposed to using generic tools such as UNetbootin.

Librem 15 Is a Beast of a Linux Laptop with a Gorgeous Finish

6 hours 42 min ago
Librem 15 aims to be the only laptop coming with completely free software...

Processed in digiKam: Using Perspective Adjustment

7 hours 39 min ago
The perspective adjustment tool in digiKam is indispensable for editing architectural shots. It can be somewhat fiddly to use, but with enough practice, you can achieve rather good results.

DRM glitch leaves new Max Payne 3 buyers temporarily in the lurch

8 hours 37 min ago
Rockstar’s Max Payne 3 is 70% off right now as part of the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale, but would-be neonoir crime story aficionados were denied entry into the cynical world of of the drug-dependent detective yesterday by a failure in the game’s third-party authentication and matchmaking system.

Forget Google's robot cars, now it's on to ANDROID cars

Monday 22nd of December 2014 02:30:08 AM
Next OS to come built into auto dashboards, sources claimGoogle is planning a big push into in-car infotainment systems with an upcoming version of Android, sources claim.…

12 of the Best Free Git Books

Sunday 21st of December 2014 09:31:51 PM
Git is the most widely used version control system, in part because of the popularity of GitHub, a web-based Git repository hosting service, which offers all of the distributed revision control and source code management) functionality of Git as well as adding its own features.

Hands-on review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC/Kodi and Android

Sunday 21st of December 2014 11:53:51 AM
This hands-on review takes a first look at SolidRun’s tiny CuBoxTV set-top box, running both its default OpenELEC/XBMC OS, as well as an Android 4.4.4 beta. The CuBoxTV is one of several CuBox-i models currently available from Israel-based SolidRun. Whereas the full-up “CuBox-i Pro” model comes with 2GB RAM, WiFi, and Ethernet, the CuBoxTV hits […]

Git Vulnerability Exposed; Patch Now or Be Hacked Later

Sunday 21st of December 2014 09:59:29 AM
Even though the issue may not affect Linux users, if you are a hosting service whose users may fetch from your service to Windows or Mac OS X machines, you are strongly encouraged to update to protect such users who use existing versions of Git," Git developer Junio Hamano wrote in a Git mailing list posting.The Git vulnerability has got the attention of security researchers as well, including Tod Beardsley, who is the Metasploit engineering manager at Rapid7.

How to protect SSH server from brute force attacks using fail2ban

Sunday 21st of December 2014 08:05:07 AM
One common attack on SSH service is brute force attacks where a remote attacker indefinitely attempts to log in with different passwords. Fail2ban is an open-source intrusion prevention framework on Linux that monitors various system log files (e.g., /var/log/auth.log or /var/log/secure) and triggers various defensive actions upon detecting any suspicious activities. You can use fail2ban to defend against brute force password guessing attacks on an SSH server.

Hands-on review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC+Kodi and Android

Sunday 21st of December 2014 06:10:45 AM
This hands-on review takes a first look at SolidRun’s tiny CuBoxTV set-top box, running both its default OpenELEC/XBMC OS, as well as an Android 4.4.4 beta. The CuBoxTV is one of several CuBox-i models currently available from Israel-based SolidRun. Whereas the full-up “CuBox-i Pro” model comes with 2GB RAM, WiFi, and Ethernet, the CuBoxTV hits […]

The 7 Best Alternative Linux Distributions Of 2014

Sunday 21st of December 2014 02:55:02 AM
Here is a list of the 7 best alternative Linux distributions of 2014. The list is formed of specialist distributions which have a unique quality, such as the ability to run from a USB drive or dedicated to gaming.

Top 5 articles of the week: Best of open source this year, and more

Sunday 21st of December 2014 01:00:40 AM
Every week, I tally the numbers and listen to the buzz to bring you this week's most read articles on Opensource.com. Here's the top 5 for this week: December 15 - 19, 2014.

Building a Healthy Web to Hand to Future Generations

Saturday 20th of December 2014 11:06:18 PM
Ten years ago, a scrappy group of ten Mozilla staff and thousands of volunteer Mozillians broke up Microsoft’s monopoly on accessing the Web with the release of Firefox 1.0. We won by bringing together a diverse and global community through … Continue reading

Top patent court shoots down Myriad gene testing patents

Saturday 20th of December 2014 09:11:56 PM
The US Patent and Trademark Office handed out patents on human genes for about 30 years, but genomic patents were blocked after a landmark Supreme Court ruling last year.The patent holder in that case, Myriad Genetics, had patented a test on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The test shows mutations that reveal which women are more susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer. The BRCA test is substantially cheaper in countries where it wasn't patented, such as Canada.After losing its case, Myriad didn't give up. Instead, it quickly filed a new round of lawsuits, trying to keep competitors like Ambry Genetics out of the business of BRCA testing. The new suits named different patents, which instead of simply claiming the gene itself, included "method" claims and also discussed the use of DNA "primers"—an entirely lab-made substance which Myriad lawyers said were still open to being patented.

Pirate Bay alternatives

Saturday 20th of December 2014 07:17:34 PM
As you may have heard, the Pirate Bay was raided and is down as I write this post. The closure of the Pirate Bay has generated a lot of discussions online, and many people have been looking for alternative torrenting sites. Fortunately, there was an interesting thread on Reddit about that very topic and one redditor was kind enough to post a list of alternative torrent sites.

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Librem 15 Is a Beast of a Linux Laptop with a Gorgeous Finish

Librem 15 aims to be the only laptop coming with completely free software and its makers are looking to get some funding through a crowdfunding campaign. You might think that if a laptop ships with any Linux distribution, then it would stand to reason that it would be loaded with free and open source software, but the truth is that it's not that simple or even intuitive. For example, it's true that the Linux kernel is an open source project and that it's freely distributable, but there are some people in the community that say it's not enough. Read more

Google and Facebook feel the wrath of German open source advocate

Open-Xchange CEO Rafael Laguna has hit out at the closed nature of services offered by Silicon Valley giants like Google and Facebook. Speaking in Paris earlier this month, Laguna said many of Silicon Valley's largest companies, and others like them, need to open up their proprietary systems to comply with laws around the world and uphold many of the citizen’s rights that people have fought for over the last several hundred years. Read more

Best of open hardware in 2014

Open hardware is the physical foundation of the open movement. It is through understanding, designing, manufacturing, commercializing, and adopting open hardware, that we built the basis for a healthy and self-reliant community of open. And the year of 2014 had plenty of activities in the open hardware front. Read more

Open Source Online Game Gets Students Excited About Linux

When Razvan Rughinis began teaching the introductory operating systems course at University Politehnica of Bucharest in Romania 10 years ago, he was challenged to get students interested in Linux and keep them interested for the entire three-month course. Many first-year computer science students have no experience with Linux, and they have no interest in learning it, said Rughinis a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department. And those students who do know Linux are regarded as unusual and treated as social outcasts, he said. “They wouldn't pay attention to the first experience to see what Linux has to offer; not just the desktop, but how the services work and the depth of the system,” he said. “It's a steep learning curve for students coming from high school. Their first encounter was too difficult.” Read more