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A cloud is only as secure as the hypervisors that support its virtual machines and how secure are those? That's a darn good question and one we tend to avoid looking at.
This, of course, created quite a stir among privacy advocates. So much so that the folks in Redmond on Thrusday announced a change of policy when it comes to riffling through people’s Hotmail accounts. They’re still going to do it, but in the future the company will publish stats regarding its breaking into people’s free Hotmail accounts. In other words, we’ll know just how much they do it.
"On March 27, 2014, Lenovo voluntarily recalled certain lithium-ion batteries. These batteries were manufactured for use with ThinkPad notebook computers that shipped worldwide between October 2010 and April 2011," the company said. "Lenovo is offering replacement batteries free of charge regardless of warranty status."The battery problems affect the Edge 11, 13 and 14 series, the T410, T420, T510 and W510 series, and the X100e, X120e, X200, X201 and X201s lines. Batteries that came with the laptops, and those bought as spares, have been recalled, and the problems affect 3-cell, 4-cell, 6-cell or 9-cell parts.
In "How to Manage Btrfs Storage Pools, Subvolumes And Snapshots on Linux (part 1)" we learned how to create a nice little Btrfs test lab, and how to create a Btrfs storage volume. Now we're going to learn how to make live snapshots whenever we want, and how to roll the filesystem back to any point to any arbitrary point in time. This does not replace backups. But it's a great tool for quickly going back in time to a known good state. If you make a mess, for example a botched upgrade, this is a great way to keep your system up while you figure out what to do.
Now a German court has weighed in on the subject, with interesting results. The case concerned the use of a photo from Flickr, released under a CC-BY-NC license. The photo appeared on the Web site of Deutschlandradio, part of the German public broadcaster -- a non-commercial organization, that is. Alongside the photo, Deutschlandradio's Web site included the name of the artist, the license, and a link to its terms. Despite this, the photographer demanded 310 Euros plus costs on the grounds that Deutschlandradio had used the photo for commercial purposes.
Distrohopping can be fun, but it can also be a waste of time. Are there just too many Linux distributions to choose from?
Aaron Neyer discovered that missing input sanitising in the logging component of Ruby Actionmailer could result in denial of service through a malformed e-mail message.
In today's open source roundup: Beta 2 of Ubuntu 14.04 is available for download. Plus: A screenshot tour of Fedora 20 3.12, and a review of Makulu Linux 5 Xfce.
Next week, from Monday the 31st of March to the 4th of April (Friday), developers from the major Linux desktops (GNOME, KDE, Unity and RazorQt) will meet in Nuremberg for the second Freedesktop Summit.
I remember the first time I’ve encountered Dillo was when trying one of the older versions of Damn Small Linux, which at the time was pretty popular as a minimal distribution and came with this very small web browser.
The Xubuntu team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 14.04 Beta 2. This is the last beta towards the final LTS release. Unlike its parent, however, Xubuntu uses the light-weight Xfce desktop environment and is optimised for lower-end machines.
Although limited, there is an increasing number of F2P (Free to Play) games available on Steam for Linux. Below is an overview of seven such titles, all available for free download via Steam.
Red Hat reported its full-year fiscal 2014 earnings late Thursday, showing continued momentum for the Linux server operating system business leader. As Red Hat looks for future growth, the open-source OpenStack cloud platform is front and center.
KDE has released the release candidate of the 4.13 versions of Applications and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing. We kindly request your assistance with finding and fixing issues.A partial list of improvements can be found in the 4.13 Feature Plan. A more complete list of the improvements and changes will be available for the final release in the middle of April.This release candidate release needs a thorough testing in order to improve quality and user experience. A variety of actual users is essential to maintaining high KDE quality, because developers cannot possibly test every configuration. User assistance helps find bugs early so they can be squashed before the final release. Please join the 4.13 team's release effort by installing the release candidate and reporting any bugs. Read this article to find out how you can help testing.The official announcement has information about how to install the RCs.Dot Categories: KDE Official News
The Opensource.com team gathered in one of the large conference rooms at Red Hat tower in Raleigh on March 21 to make an open hardware day of it.
In this tutorial I’ll show you how to automatically fire up any program or command when KDE starts up. You can create your own launchers (desktop files) to be ran or even Bash scripts with commands to be executed.
Calibre 1.30, the eBook reader and management software developed for multiple platforms, including Linux, has been released with new drivers and a few new interesting features.
Do distrohoppers suffer from CTS (Cable Television Syndrome)? This is just a bit of Friday fun analysing the world of distrohoppers and comparing the issue to the sudden emergence of 100s of television channels.
In another win for open-source the developers behind Natural Selection 2 have opened up the code they use to parse HLSL calls into OpenGL's GLSL.
Wait, Canonical actually listened to us?Review The final beta release of Ubuntu 14.04, due in April, is here.…