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RIPS - Static Source Code Analysis For PHP Vulnerabilities

2 hours 24 min ago
RIPS is a tool written in PHP to find vulnerabilities using static source code analysis for PHP web applications. By tokenizing and parsing all source code files RIPS is able to transform PHP source code into a program model and to detect sensitive sinks (potentially vulnerable functions) that can be tainted by user input (influenced by a malicious user) during the program flow. Besides the structured output of found vulnerabilities RIPS also offers an integrated code audit framework for further manual analysis.

5 open access journals for open source enthusiasts

3 hours 21 min ago
The ever rising cost of academic journals is a major burden for researchers. Academic libraries cannot always keep up with increases in subscription fees causing libraries to drop journals from their collection. This makes it harder for students and professors to quickly and easily access the information they need. Inter-library loan requests are an option but they do take time. Even if it only takes a few days to fill an inter-library loan request, that is still time wasted for a researcher that has a deadline. While there is no single, quick fix to the problem with the academic journal prices, there is a movement applying the open source way to academic research in an attempt to solve the problem—the open access movement.

News: Ubuntu Past (Warty), Present (Utopic) and Future (Vivid)

4 hours 18 min ago
The Ubuntu 4.10 release debuted on October 20, 2004. At the time the goal of the project was to succeed where Debian was failing, namely offering users the promise of a steady release cadence.

What should they call Ubuntu 15.04?

5 hours 15 min ago
In this week's news, Munich is not switching back to Windows, will Gnome make a comeback and the all important question, what should they call Ubuntu 15.04?

Ubuntu Touch RTM Update Is Out, Has Better Performance and Beautiful New Indicators

6 hours 12 min ago
A new Ubuntu Touch RTM update has been released by Canonical and it makes the operating system a lot more stable and snappier, among other changes.

Google Chromebook quietly takes aim at the enterprise

7 hours 9 min ago
When Google introduced Chromebook for Work recently, it very likely made the Chromebook even more attractive to frugal enterprises. While the price tag has always been a draw, having administrative control should appeal to IT and could facilitate more Chromebook use in the enterprise in the future.

Mirantis Raises $100M for OpenStack Cloud Efforts

8 hours 7 min ago
Armed with its latest funding round, OpenStack specialist Mirantis is positioning itself for an IPO in 2016.

How OpenStack powers the research at CERN

9 hours 4 min ago
OpenStack has been in a production environment at CERN for more than a year. One of the people that has been key to implementing the OpenStack infrastructure is Tim Bell. He is responsible for the CERN IT Operating Systems and Infrastructure group which provides a set of services to CERN users from email, web, operating systems, and the Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud based on OpenStack.We had a chance to interview Bell in advance of the OpenStack Summit Paris 2014 where he will deliver two talks. The first session is about cloud federation while the second session is about multi-cell OpenStack.read more

What is a good command-line calculator on Linux

10 hours 1 min ago
Every modern Linux desktop distribution comes with a default GUI-based calculator app. On the other hand, if your workspace is full of terminal windows, and you would rather crunch some numbers within one of those terminals quickly, you are probably looking for a command-line calculator. In this category, GNU bc (short for "basic calculator") is […]Continue reading...The post What is a good command-line calculator on Linux appeared first on Xmodulo.Related FAQs:How to look up dictionary via command line on Linux How to speed up directory navigation in a Linux terminal How to access Linux command cheat sheets from the command line What are useful CLI tools for Linux system admins

What would you print with a 3D printer?

10 hours 58 min ago
3D printing is all the rage. 3D printing changes lives. 3D printing is fun and amazing!I saw for myself this past spring when we held our first Open Hardware Day at Opensource.com. Here, we're printing a gear.read more

UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

11 hours 55 min ago
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open sourceA group of “Veteran Unix Admins” reckons too much input from GNOME devs is dumbing down Debian, and in response, is floating the idea of a fork.…

A Seat at the Big Kids’ Table at Ohio LinuxFest

12 hours 53 min ago
Ohio LinuxFest isn’t just another excuse to travel. It’s a means for us to fulfill ourselves, and to get honest, tangible feedback for what we do and for what others are doing. It’s a place where ideas are sounded, bent, crumpled and turned until they either come out of the crucible perfect…or useless.

The Debian Jessie installer: first impressions -- desktop choice (yay), encryption fail (boo)

13 hours 50 min ago
As much as I've praised the Debian installer in the past, and I'll praise it a little bit right now, I will also drop it in a hole and throw a shallow layer of dirt over it just because.

Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

14 hours 47 min ago
"Microsoft loves Linux" is generally not something one expects to hear, but that was one of the messages that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered at a San Francisco media event touting Redmond's cloud offerings on Monday. According to Nadella, 20 per cent of Microsoft's Azure cloud is already Linux and the software giant plans to always have first-class support for Linux distributions in its public cloud offerings.

Why work in the open?

15 hours 38 min ago
What prevents you from working in the open?I work for an open source company on an open source project and still I encounter on a daily basis that people who are working on open source software prefer to work in private (from time to time). They do not discuss technical questions on public mailing lists, the normal chat goes on in internal chat rooms instead of public IRC, and new features are rather demoed on private video conference channels than as e.g. Hangout on Air.read more

Microsoft “loves Linux” as it makes Azure bigger, better

16 hours 35 min ago
In San Francisco today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said something that was more than a little surprising: Microsoft loves Linux. The operating system once described as a "cancer" by Nadella's predecessor, Steve Ballmer, is now being embraced (if not extended) with open arms, at least when it comes to Redmond's Azure cloud platform. Nadella told us that some 20 percent of VMs on Azure use the open source operating system.

Five Best Linux Desktop Environments

17 hours 32 min ago
Whether you're customizing your Linux install or choosing a distro to go with, one of your many options is the desktop environment you use. There are tons to choose from, all with different benefits and features. There may be no one single best, but this week we're looking at five of them, based on your nominations.

Linux distro Ubuntu 15.04 gets its name -- Vivid Vervet

18 hours 30 min ago
Today, Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical CEO, announces the latest name, for the upcoming 15.04. For this release, the letter V is being used. The adjective? Vivid. The animal? Vervet.

Catalyst/fglrx trouble in Debian (and not just in Fedora)

19 hours 27 min ago
My AMD Catalyst (aka fglrx) trouble in Fedora is well-documented. Biggest of the big at this point is that the proprietary AMD driver DOES NOT work with GNOME 3. So I did a test install of Debian Jessie last week, and the same thing happened: GNOME 3 runs fine with the open-source Radeon driver, not at all with the closed-source fglrx.

How to repeat a script, or not

20 hours 24 min ago
I have a data-entry script which adds records to a plain-text data table. It's a fairly complicated script with a GUI dialog, and until recently it added one record at a time. To add another record, I had to launch the script again. Was there a simple way (I asked myself) to re-run the script, or exit it, from within the script?After a lot of rummaging on the Web, I found a suitable method in William Shotts' excellent book The Linux Command Line. This article explains the details.

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In wake of Anonabox, more crowdsourced Tor router projects make their pitch

Last week, Ars reported on the story of Anonabox, an effort by a California developer to create an affordable privacy-protecting device based on the open source OpenWRT wireless router software and the Tor Project’s eponymous Internet traffic encryption and anonymization software. Anonabox was pulled from Kickstarter after accusations that the project misrepresented its product and failed to meet some basic security concerns—though its developers still plan to release their project for sale through their own website. But Anonabox’s brief campaign on Kickstarter has demonstrated demand for a simple, inexpensive way to hide Internet traffic from prying eyes. And there are a number of other projects attempting to do what Anonabox promised. On Kickstarter competitor Indiegogo there’s a project called Invizbox that looks almost identical to Anonabox—except for the approach its team is taking to building and marketing the device. Read more

Debian Now Defaults To Xfce On Non-x86 Desktops

Back in September Debian switched back to the GNOME desktop by default in place of Xfce for the upcoming Debian 8.0 "Jessie" release. However, as of today, the non-x86 versions of Debian have flip-flopped once again back to Xfce. Debian switched back to GNOME in September over reasons dealing with accessibility, systemd integration, and other factors when seeing what was the best fit to be the default for Debian 8 Jessie. However, now for platforms aside from x86 and x86_64, Xfce has returned to the default over poor experiences in using the GNOME Shell. Read more

Phoenix Is Trying To Be An Open Version Of Apple's Swift

Apple unveiled the Swift programming language at this year's WWDC event but sadly it's still not clear whether Apple will "open up" the language to let it appear on non-Apple platforms. Swift is built atop LLVM and designed to be Apple's successor to Objective-C in many regards while suppoorting C/Obj-C/Obj-C++ all within a single program. With non-Apple folks being interested in the language, it didn't take long before an open-source project started up around it. Ind.ie has today announced their Phoenix project that aims to be a free and open version of Apple's Swift programming language. The work is being led by Greg Casamento who is also the leader of GNUStep, the common open-source implementation of Apple's Cocoa frameworks. Read more

Google Chromebook quietly takes aim at the enterprise

Google's Chromebook is a cheap alternative to a more expensive Windows or Mac PC or laptop, but up until recently it lacked any specific administrative oversight tools for enterprise IT. While IT might have liked the price tag, they may have worried about the lack of an integrated tool suite for managing a fleet of Chromebooks. That's changed with release of Chromebook for Work, a new program designed to give IT that control they crave for Chromebooks. Read more