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Ubuntu Snappy Core 16 Beta Images Are Now Available for PC and Raspberry Pi 3

Tuesday 13th of September 2016 01:25:31 AM
The Ubuntu Snappy team, through Michael Vogt, was pleased to announce the availability of the first Beta images of the long-anticipated Ubuntu Snappy Core 16 operating system for embedded and IoT devices.

You’re a step closer to getting $55 from the PS3 Linux debacle lawsuit

Tuesday 13th of September 2016 12:28:20 AM
Open up your wallets—Sony might have as much as $55 for you. PlayStation 3 owners who lost the ability to run Linux on their consoles following a 2010 firmware update should soon be getting a notice from the console maker that it is settling a class-action lawsuit over the debacle.

The Future at the Internet's Edge

Monday 12th of September 2016 11:31:09 PM
With the current focus on the cloud it might seem that the Internet works from the center out -- if the Internet can be said to have a center. And with the massive move of IT infrastructure to the cloud, DevOps folks might be wondering what this means for the future of their careers and if increasing centralization will mean a shrinking job market, a question Robert Shimp with Oracle's Linux and virtualization unit, took a stab at answering at last month's LinuxCon.

Is Debian the gold standard for Linux security?

Monday 12th of September 2016 10:33:58 PM
Also in today's open source roundup: DistroWatch reviews Apricity OS 07.2016, and 10 big improvements in Android 7.0 Nougat.

Google Developer Kees Cook Details The Linux Kernel Self-Protection Project

Monday 12th of September 2016 09:36:47 PM
At the Linux Security Summit last month, Google developer Kees Cook shared the current workings of the Kernel Self-Protection Project (KSPP). The project, he said, goes beyond user space and even beyond kernel integrity. The idea is to implement changes to help the kernel protect itself.

How to Install Ghost Blog Software with Apache and SSL on Ubuntu 16.04

Monday 12th of September 2016 08:39:36 PM
Ghost is a powerful Open Source publishing and blog platform that is beautifully designed and easy to use. Ghost is written in javascript and uses node.js as runtime environment. This tutorial shows the installation of the Ghost Blog software with Apache and SSL on Ubuntu 16.04.

Xen Project patches serious virtual machine escape flaws

Monday 12th of September 2016 07:42:25 PM
The Xen Project has fixed four vulnerabilities in its widely used virtualization software, two of which could allow malicious virtual machine administrators to take over host servers.

Five Linux Server Distros Worth Checking Out

Monday 12th of September 2016 06:45:14 PM
Pretty much any of the nearly 300 Linux distributions you'll find listed on Distrowatch can be made to work as servers. Since Linux's earliest days, users have been provisioning "all purpose" distributions such as Slackware, Debian and Gentoo to do heavy lifting as servers for home and business. That may be fine for the hobbyist, but its a lot of unnecessary work for the professional.

8 best practices for building containerized applications

Monday 12th of September 2016 05:48:03 PM
Containers are a major trend in deploying applications in both public and private clouds. But what exactly are containers, why have they become a popular deployment mechanism, and how will you need to modify your application to optimize it for a containerized environment?read more

TuxCut - A Tool To Protect Linux Against arpspoof Attacks

Monday 12th of September 2016 04:50:52 PM
TuxCut is an open source program that protects Linux computers against arpspoof attacks and also helps to block unwanted users on the network. Tuxcut is an alternative of Windows tool NetCut which is used for the same purpose of blocking unwanted users from the network. It is written in Python/Qt4 using PySide binding.

KDE Returns Home, QtCon Talks Videos Available

Monday 12th of September 2016 03:53:41 PM
KDE has finished its fantastic week, celebrating 20 years of hacking and freedom fighting together with Qt, VLC and FSFE in Berlin. We finished our week with a fun day trip to Pfaueninsel, Berlin[he]#039[/he]s Peacock Island.Videos from many of the talks are now available to download with the rest being added in the coming weeks. They are also linked from the conference program with slides, where available.

CodeLathe FileCloud Google Chrome Extension

Monday 12th of September 2016 02:56:30 PM
Nearly everyone in today's enterprises is connected throughout the dayto a web browser, of which anywhere from 44–71% are Google Chrome.Seeking to make this vast number of users' work more productive isdeveloper CodeLathe, whose new "amazingly easy-to-use" FileCloudextension for Google Chrome enables users to save documents, images andscre

Global citizens unite to improve housing with open design and development

Monday 12th of September 2016 01:59:19 PM
Mass-scale collaboration in free and open source software has proven so successful the concept has expanded to free and open source hardware. A strong case can be made that the area of hardware with the most promise for an open source approach is appropriate technology (AT).read more

How we used Linux

Monday 12th of September 2016 01:02:08 PM
How BubbleAutomation used Linux to innovate in a industry with a reluctantly to change.

Linus Torvalds Announces the Release of Linux Kernel 4.8 RC6, One More to Go

Monday 12th of September 2016 12:04:57 PM
It's still Sunday in the U.S., so Linus Torvalds just published his weekly announcement to unleash yet another Release Candidate (RC) development snapshot of the upcoming Linux 4.8 kernel series.

4 desktop note-taking applications for getting stuff done

Monday 12th of September 2016 11:07:46 AM
In a previous article, I looked at four web-based alternatives to Evernote. I realize, however, that not everyone wants or needs to have their notes available on the web. Many people just want to do everything locally on their computers.That's not a problem since there are more than a few open source note taking applications for your desktop. In this article, I take a look at four of those applications.read more

Samba 4.5 Is a Massive Release That Improves Security, Adds Many New Features

Monday 12th of September 2016 10:10:35 AM
Samba 4.5 has been released and it is the latest, newest stable branch of the widely-used, free, cross-platform, and open-source software project that re-implements the SMB/CIFS networking protocol on UNIX-like platforms.

Affordable Electronics Board Showdown: Raspberry Pi Zero vs. C.H.I.P.

Monday 12th of September 2016 07:59:03 AM
Hobbyists latched on to the idea of micro-sized, Linux-capable computers. Since the launch of the first Raspberry Pi, we’ve seen several revisions to the Raspberry Pi, and many other similar electronics boards.

Affordable Electronics Board Showdown: Raspberry Pi Zero vs. C.H.I.P.

Monday 12th of September 2016 07:59:03 AM
Hobbyists latched on to the idea of micro-sized, Linux-capable computers. Since the launch of the first Raspberry Pi, we’ve seen several revisions to the Raspberry Pi, and many other similar electronics boards.

Bodhi 4.0 Linux OS Gets a Second Alpha Build, Remains Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Monday 12th of September 2016 05:47:32 AM
Bodhi Linux developer Jeff Hoogland is pleased to announce the release of the second Alpha development snapshot of his upcoming Bodhi 4.0.0 GNU/Linux distribution.

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When Richard Stallman set out to create the GNU Project, the goal was to create a fully free operating system. Over 33 years later, it is now possible for users to have a computer that runs only free software. But even if all the software is available, putting it all together yourself, or finding a distribution that comes with only free software, would be quite the task. That is why we provide a list of Free GNU/Linux distributions. Each distro on the list is commited to only distributing free software. With many to choose from, you can find a distro that meets your needs while respecting your freedom. But with so much software making up an entire operating system, how is it possible to make sure that nothing nasty sneaks into the distro? That's where you, and GNU Bucks come in. Read more

Linux 4.7.6

I'm announcing the release of the 4.7.6 kernel. All users of the 4.7 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.7.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.7.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st... Read more Also: Linux 4.4.23

Linaro beams LITE at Internet of Things devices

Linaro launched a “Linaro IoT and Embedded” (LITE) group, to develop end-to-end open source reference software for IoT devices and applications. Linaro, which is owned by ARM and major ARM licensees, and which develops open source software for ARM devices, launched a Linaro IoT and Embedded (LITE) Segment Group at this week’s Linaro Connect event in Las Vegas. The objective of the LITE initiative is to produce “end to end open source reference software for more secure connected products, ranging from sensors and connected controllers to smart devices and gateways, for the industrial and consumer markets,” says Linaro. Read more Also:

  • Linaro organisation, with ARM, aims for end-end open source IoT code
    With the objective of producing reference software for more secure connected products, ranging from sensors and connected controllers to smart devices and gateways, for the industrial and consumer markets, Linaro has announced LITE: Collaborative Software Engineering for the Internet of Things (IoT). Linaro and the LITE members will work to reduce fragmentation in operating systems, middleware and cloud connectivity solutions, and will deliver open source device reference platforms to enable faster time to market, improved security and lower maintenance costs for connected products. Industry interoperability of diverse, connected and secure IoT devices is a critical need to deliver on the promise of the IoT market, the organisation says. “Today, product vendors are faced with a proliferation of choices for IoT device operating systems, security infrastructure, identification, communication, device management and cloud interfaces.”
  • An open source approach to securing The Internet of Things
  • Addressing the IoT Security Problem
    Last week's DDOS takedown of security guru Brian Krebs' website made history on several levels. For one, it was the largest such reported attack ever, with unwanted traffic to the site hitting levels of 620 Gbps, more than double the previous record set back in 2013, and signalling that the terabyte threshold will certainly be crossed soon. It also relied primarily on compromised Internet of Things devices.