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Google melts 78 Android security holes, two of which were critical

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 01:54:56 PM
Chinese hackers thanked for help finding flawsGoogle has crushed 78 Android security flaws in its October bug blitzkrieg, repairing critical core Android services along the way.…

Linux Directory Structure (File System Hierarchy) Explained with Examples

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 12:57:45 PM
The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard (FHS) defines the structure of file systems in Unix/Linux, like operating systems.

Solving the Linux kernel code reviewer shortage

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 12:00:34 PM
Operating system security is top of mind right now, and Linux is a big part of that discussion. One of the questions to be solved is: How do we ensure that patches going upstream are properly reviewed?read more

Official Arduino IoT dev kit has WiFi hub and 25 sensor modules

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 11:03:23 AM
Arduino LLC launched an ESLOV IoT Invention Kit, featuring an Arduino compatible WiFi hub device and 25 modular sensor devices, united via an Arduino Cloud. At the World Maker Faire New York, where Arduino LLC and Arduino Srl announced the settlement of their legal dispute, as well as plans to merge by the end of […]

KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS released

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 10:06:12 AM
After many work around in the previous beta version of KDE Plasma 5.8 beta,KDE team is finaaly here with their first LTS of Plasma desktop software release, KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS.Beleive it or not, this release is surely gong to attract plenty of non-techie or simple users.But Techies are also not going to lose interest, this Ubuntu based beauty is going to prove the beast features as well.Check out new features of kde plasma 5.8 LTS[....]

Fedora Devs Warn Users Not to Run "dnf update" Inside a Desktop on Fedora 24

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 09:09:01 AM
Earlier today, Fedora Project's Adam Williamson published a public service announcement (PSA) to inform the Fedora Linux community about an important issue with the internal update process.

Indian Government Embraces ownCloud

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 08:11:50 AM
An interview with the project team behind India's DigiLocker project, which is built on ownCloud. It also goes into India's other plans to support free and open source software.

Open source compliance specs advance at LinuxCon

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 07:14:39 AM
The Linux Foundation announced the SPDX 2.1 and OpenChain 1.0 specs, which aim to clarify and standardize open source compliance and management. At LinuxCon Europe in Berlin, the Linux Foundation announced two new releases from different groups attempting to standardize open source license tracking, compliance, and supply chain management. The Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) […]

Moreutils For Your Linux Shell Tool Set

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 06:17:28 AM
I have this book -- a Spanish edition of Stephen Coffin's seminal manual, Unix System V Release 4: The Complete Reference. You can open it on any of its 700+ pages and bet your bottom dollar that the commands on the page will work in a modern-day Linux. Well, except where teletypes and tape storage are involved. Said like that, you may think the *NIX command line hasn't changed a lot since the early 1990s. This is not entirely true.

Linux Kernel 3.12.64 LTS Updates the Networking Stack and Fixes EXT4 Bugs

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 05:20:17 AM
One day after Linus Torvalds' announcement on Linux kernel 4.8, Jiri Slaby releases the sixty-fourth maintenance update to the long-term supported Linux 3.12 kernel series.

ISPConfig 3.1: Automated installation on Debian and Ubuntu

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 04:23:06 AM
As you might know, ISPConfig is one of the best free open source hosting control panels available to manage Linux hosting servers in single and multi-server environments. Today you will see how to deploy and install this amazing control panel with the ispconfig_setup script.

CMSpotlight: 5 CMS apps that deserve more attention

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 03:25:55 AM
Everybody knows about WordPress, Drupal and Joomla, although they are great and they are popular for a reason, there are quite a few other alternatives that you may have never heard of. Thousands of quality developers and designers work hard to create amazing masterpieces of applications.

Attempt of RDO Newton instack-virt-setup on CentOS 7.2 VIRTHOST

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 02:28:44 AM
Following bellow is verification of status Newton DLRN consistent trunks for TripleO undercloud/overcloud deployment based on packages currently been built via upstream git branches.

Nextcloud 10.0.1 Maintenance Release Improves the Updater, Patches Over 40 Bugs

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 01:31:33 AM
The Nextcloud developers have released recently the first maintenance update to the Nextcloud 10 series of the open-source and cross-platform self-hosting cloud server forked from ownCloud.

Klavaro A Simple But Great Typing Tutor For Linux

Wednesday 5th of October 2016 12:34:22 AM
Klavaro is a free and easy to use typing tutor for Linux operating system. Though it is also available for Windows OS but we're not talking about that. Klavaro is a very simple typing tutor without lots of bells & whistles in the interface. Let's see some of its features and know how we can install & use it in Linux. So let's get started!

How to Install official Android Emulator (SDK) on Linux

Tuesday 4th of October 2016 11:37:11 PM
Android SDK is the official android emulator which is developed by Google to emulate the Android App in Linux System

Buggy code to the left of me, perfect source to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with EU

Tuesday 4th of October 2016 10:40:00 PM
European project to clean up software hits halfway pointMidway through SUPERSEDE, the EU three-year project backed by €3.25m in funding to make software better, software still sucks.…

Avoiding quality assurance disasters with openQA

Tuesday 4th of October 2016 09:42:49 PM
Proper quality assurance can save lives and money. (Anyone remember the Ariane 5 explosion in 1996?) That's why the openSUSE and Fedora communities heavily rely on openQA, a fully automated and open source test framework. OpenQA is primarily used to test different Linux distributions, but applications can also be installed on top of it to test desktop environments like GNOME and more

What CIOs need to know about open source forking

Tuesday 4th of October 2016 08:45:38 PM
Forking is a concept that can strike terror into the heart of any CIO that relies on open source software. Here’s how to make sure you’re on the right side of the split.

Lenovo exec: Nope, not building Windows Phones

Tuesday 4th of October 2016 07:48:27 PM
'Not convinced Microsoft is committed long term to the OS'Lenovo will not build smartmobes running on Microsoft’s Windows operating system because it doubts the software giant’s long term commitment to the market.…

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  • Databricks Weaves Deep Learning into Cloud-Based Spark Platform
    Databricks, a company founded by the creators of the popular open-source Big Data processing engine Apache Spark, is a firm that we've been paying close attention to here at OStatic. We're fans of the company's online courses on Spark, and we recently caught up with Kavitha Mariappan, who is Vice President of Marketing at the company, for a guest post on open source tools and data science. Now, Databricks has announced the addition of deep learning support to its cloud-based Apache Spark platform. The company says this enhancement adds GPU support and integrates popular deep learning libraries to the Databricks' big data platform, extending its capabilities to enable the rapid development of deep learning models. "Data scientists looking to combine deep learning with big data -- whether it's recognizing handwriting, translating speech between languages, or distinguishing between malignant and benign tumors -- can now utilize Databricks for every stage of their workflow, from data wrangling to model tuning," the company reports, adding "Databricks is the first to integrate these diverse workloads in a fast, secure, and easy-to-use Apache Spark platform in the cloud."
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Security News

  • GNU Tar "Pointy Feather" Vulnerability Disclosed (CVE-2016-6321)
    Last week was the disclosure of the Linux kernel's Dirty COW vulnerability while the latest high-profile open-source project going public with a new security CVE is GNU's Tar. Tar CVE-2016-6321 is also called POINTYFEATHER according to the security researchers. The GNU Pointy Feather vulnerability comes down to a pathname bypass on the Tar extraction process. Regardless of the path-name(s) specified on the command-line, the attack allows for file and directory overwrite attacks using specially crafted tar archives.
  • Let’s Encrypt and The Ford Foundation Aim To Create a More Inclusive Web
    Let’s Encrypt was awarded a grant from The Ford Foundation as part of its efforts to financially support its growing operations. This is the first grant that has been awarded to the young nonprofit, a Linux Foundation project which provides free, automated and open SSL certificates to more than 13 million fully-qualified domain names (FQDNs). The grant will help Let’s Encrypt make several improvements, including increased capacity to issue and manage certificates. It also covers costs of work recently done to add support for Internationalized Domain Name certificates. “The people and organizations that Ford Foundation serves often find themselves on the short end of the stick when fighting for change using systems we take for granted, like the Internet,” Michael Brennan, Internet Freedom Program Officer at Ford Foundation, said. “Initiatives like Let’s Encrypt help ensure that all people have the opportunity to leverage the Internet as a force for change.”
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    Thirty-one-year-old Laurie Love is currently staring down the possibility of 99 years in prison. After being extradited to the US recently, he stands accused of attacking systems belonging to the US government. The attack was allegedly part of the #OpLastResort hack in 2013, which targeted the US Army, the US Federal Reserve, the FBI, NASA, and the Missile Defense Agency in retaliation over the tragic suicide of Aaron Swartz as the hacktivist infamously awaited trial.
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    At the Security Awareness Summit this August in San Francisco, a video clip was shown that highlights the need to develop holistic security awareness. The segment showed an employee being interviewed as a subject matter expert in his office cubicle. Unfortunately, all his usernames and passwords were on sticky notes behind him, facing the camera and audience for all to see. I bring this story up not to pick on this poor chap but to highlight the fact that security awareness is about human behavior, first and foremost. Understand that point and you are well on your way to building a more secure culture and organization. My work as director of the Security Awareness Training program at the SANS Institute affords me a view across hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of employees trying to build a more secure workforce and society. As we near the end of this year's National Cyber Security Awareness Month, here are two tips to incorporate robust security awareness training into your organization and daily work.

What comes after ‘iptables’? It’s successor, of course: `nftables`

Nftables is a new packet classification framework that aims to replace the existing iptables, ip6tables, arptables and ebtables facilities. It aims to resolve a lot of limitations that exist in the venerable ip/ip6tables tools. The most notable capabilities that nftables offers over the old iptables are: Read more

Linux 4.8.5

I'm announcing the release of the 4.8.5 kernel. All users of the 4.8 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.8.y git tree can be found at: git:// linux-4.8.y and can be browsed at the normal git web browser: Read more Also: Linux 4.4.28