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Troubleshoot & repair Linux networks

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 01:20:44 PM
No network connection on your laptop or problems with your web hosting? We’re here to help

Open organizations don't need to serve Kool-Aid

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 12:23:33 PM
Red Hatters tend to be enthusiastic about the company and our projects, so I occasionally run into somewhat-snarky comments about us "drinking the Kool-Aid," as if we're members of a cult, repeating what we've been told to say. The truth is that any open organization fosters this kind of enthusiasm. The ideas Jim Whitehurst shares in The Open Organization aren't new to me—Red Hat isn't the first "open org" I've worked in—but Jim does a great job of explaining this business model to anyone who hasn't yet benefited from it.read more

antiX 15 Officially Released, Based on Debian 8 "Jessie" but Without systemd

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 11:01:47 AM
Straight from Thessaloniki, Greece, the antiX development team had the great pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of the final release of the antiX 15 GNU/Linux operating system.

Looking at the Cracker Hacker Economy

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 10:04:36 AM
There’s a bit of sobering news for sites like FOSS Force, as again in 2014, technology sites top the list of the type of sites most likely to be exploited by cracker hackers, with the number on the rise. According to Symantec, last year 21.5 percent of tech sites were infected by malware, up from 9.9 percent in 2013. Even more disturbing is that number two on this list are hosting sites, up from the number three position in 2013, with a 7.3 percent infection rate.

OpenVZ / Virtuozzo 7 Beta First Impressions

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 09:07:25 AM
Odin (formerly Parallels) and the OpenVZ Project announced the beta release of a new version of Virtuozzo today. This is also the next version of OpenVZ as the two are merging closer together... In the extended article I go over some of the details about the bare-metal installer, what's new including libvirt and KVM support, as well as some of the changes as OpenVZ and Virtuozzo merge together in the new release.

Linux-based DAQ board has simultaneous ADC and DAC I/O

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 08:10:14 AM
Data Translation’s “DT7816″ data acquisition board runs Linux on a TI Sitara, and offers eight simultaneous ADC inputs, two DAC outputs, and 16 GPIO lines. The DT7816 is billed as a “real-time ARM-based, high throughput, high accuracy, simultaneous data acquisition module.” Its feature set is similar to the mainboard in Data Translation’s recent DT7837 device, […]

21 Canadians to follow on Twitter #CanadaDay

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 07:13:03 AM
Happy Canada Day to our neighbors to the north! In honor of your special day, we've rounded up a list of Canadians in open source to follow on Twitter.

Kinoma HD Linux powered HDMI stick

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 06:15:52 AM
Kinoma HD is an HDMI stick for developers who want to display visually rich content on big displays. Kinoma HD’s HDMI output plugs into an HD capable display, connecting wirelessly to IoT devices, iOS and Android handhelds, cloud services, and content from web-based apps.

Linux Mint 17.2: If only all Penguin desktops were done this way

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 05:18:41 AM
The underlying packages in Linux Mint 17.2, just released, are largely unchanged. What you will find are a lot of improvements and added polish in everyday tools like the update manager, login screen and the Software Sources app.

Arch Linux 2015.07.01 Is Now Available for Download

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 04:21:30 AM
Being July 1 and all that, that time has come for a new Arch Linux build to surface the Web. Arch Linux is one of the world's most customizable, lightweight, rolling-release distributions of GNU/Linux, an independent operating system powered by the latest Linux kernel builds and following the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle.

Amazon wrote a new TLS crypto library in just 6,000 lines of code

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 03:24:19 AM
At 1/10 the size of OpenSSL, it should be easier to spot bugs. Amazon Web Services has released a new, open source library that implements TLS encryption – the standard behind the secure HTTPS web protocol – using far less code than the prevailing OpenSSL library.…

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.2 Screencast and Screenshots

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 02:27:08 AM
Just as any offering in the Mandrake spirit should be - it's even more stable and it has loads of new fun stuff! OpenMandriva Scion (2014.2) is a major update release of OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1. What's in and what's new? With this release you can boot the installer or live system from memory stick or DVD on any EFI or BIOS based machine.

Open Source History: What We've Learned So Far

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 01:29:57 AM
The history of open source is long and storied, and fascinating enough to be a book. Which is what The VAR Guy contributing editor Christopher Tozzi is doing. And while he's been plugging away at his trusty Smith-Corona (not really—he's definitely an open source stalwart), The VAR Guy has been lucky enough to be the recipient of the byproducts of his research.

Tough, IP67-sealed box PC runs Linux on Atom

Thursday 2nd of July 2015 12:32:46 AM
X-ES unveiled a rugged, sealed embedded PC that runs Linux on an Atom E3800, and offers 4GB of ECC RAM, IP67 protection, M12 ports, and -40 to 70°C support. For its new XPand6903 embedded computer, Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) returned to the same Intel Atom E3800 system-on-chip found in its Linux-ready XPedite8150 and XPedite8152 COM Express modules. The feature sets are close enough that it’s possible there’s a XPedite8150 COM under the hood, although this is not indicated in the documentation.

YouTube for Android now supports 60 FPS video

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 11:35:35 PM
In today's open source roundup: Android users can now view 60 FPS video on YouTube. Plus: Why Ubuntu is moving to Snappy for packages. And Linux Mint 17.2 released.

Latest Windows 10 Build Has Some Cool Linux Features

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 10:38:24 PM
Windows 10 is about to launch in less than a month, and it's going to be a very interesting release. We had a chance to play with the latest build, and at least a couple of things have jumped out that you could say are flattering towards Linux..

Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 09:41:13 PM
Microsoft revealed that it will be joining the Linux Foundation R Consortium as a founding member. The founding members of the R Consortium include other major corporations like Google, HP and Oracle.

Supreme Court decision threatens programmers' API rights

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 08:44:02 PM
The Supreme Court decision that let stand a lower court decision that Java's application programming interface may be subject to copyright could be a developer disaster in the making.

R, Matey: Hoisting the Sails for a Programming Language

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 07:46:51 PM
Our friends at the Linux Foundation yesterday set sail wit the formation of the R Consortium, which includes such notorious pirates…um, I mean, notable companies as Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Google and Microsoft, along with the other founders like Alteryx, Mango Solutions, Tibco Software, and we won’t be sailin’ without our mateys at, wait for it, RStudio. Of course, when you read that last one, you read it as Arrrrrr Studio, right? Right?

Supreme Court Won't Hear Oracle v. Google Case, Leaving APIs Copyrightable And Innovation At Risk

Wednesday 1st of July 2015 06:49:40 PM
This is unfortunate, even if it was somewhat expected: the Supreme Court has now rejected Google's request to hear its appeal over the appeals court decision that overturned a lower court ruling on the copyrightability of APIs. The lower court decision, by Judge William Alsup (who learned to code Java to understand the issues), noted that APIs were not copyrightable, as they were mere methods, which are not subject to copyright.

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Gaming

  • See How Your Linux System Stacks Up To 15 GPUs For 1080p Gaming
    This week I posted the results of a 15-way graphics card comparison on Ubuntu Linux with AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards while running the very latest proprietary drivers. Those tests were focused on 4K resolution testing in order to stress the latest-generation AMD/NVIDIA GPUs. However, if you want to see 1080p numbers, here are some benchmark-friendly results.
  • Victor Vran Action RPG Is Now Available on Steam for Linux
    Victor Vran, an isometric action RPG developed by Haemimont Games and published by EuroVideo Medien on Steam, has been released on Linux as well. The genre of isometric action RPGs is a very well defined one and it incorporates titles like Diablo. Victor Vran has been very well received by the community and the Linux platform has been supported right from the start.

Red Hat News

Leftovers: OSS

  • Open Source rising as Cloud Computing, Analytics take off – Study
    Open source software has become a critical driver for innovation at leading companies and public-sector organizations around the world, according to a new research report produced by Oxford Economics in partnership with Wipro Limited. The report, The Open Source Era, also shows that open source software is essential to the use of other cutting-edge technologies and that open source methodologies have spread far beyond software development.
  • Check out this open source programming typeface entirely generated by code
    Typefaces designed for programmers aren’t a new idea, but I’m particularly taken with Iosevka, a monospace coding typeface that’s completely generated using Node.js. The project – which is inspired by existing coding typefaces Pragmata Pro, M+ and PF DIN Mono – aims to produce characters that “have a narrow shape to be space efficient and compatible to Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters.”
  • Capital One Launches Hygieia Open-Source DevOps Dashboard
    The bank launched its Hygieia DevOps dashboard at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) last week in Portland, Ore. The Capital One Agile development teams all use the technology.
  • New Portal For IBM Open Source Projects
    IBM has just launched developerWorksOpen to enable developers to collaborate using its open sourced technologies. It is poised to provide new tools, in particular with regards to mobile.
  • Open Source IFTTT Collection Introduced
    IFTTT (If This Then That) has this month introduced a new collection of new open source projects as well as updating existing ones.
  • Roadies vs. rock stars: The art of open leadership
    Allen Gunn is a facilitator, open source technologist and Executive Director of Aspiration, where he helps NGOs, activists, and software developers make smarter use of tech for social change. Later this month, Aspiration is partnering with Greenpeace's Mobilisation Lab to host the first-ever Open Campaigns Camp in Berlin. We recently got together to chat about working open and the leadership required to make it work.
  • How to get designers involved in your software project
    Kravets showed us a report she found. It reviewed 23,493 GitHub projects and found that 75.3% had no gender diversity at all. This brought Kravets to the following quote from Malcolm Gladwell: "The world that we could have is much richer than the world we've settled for."
  • The right way to fail
    In the open source industry, we often hear that we should fail quickly and often, but that doesn't make failure any less scary. Failure seems like a personal problem, but it's really a corporate problem. We use the phrase "failure is not an option," and people are so proud to live by it. The fact of the matter, said Scavarda and Hawthorn, is that this statement should say "failure is not an option; it is a requirement." The truth is that it's not a matter of whether we will fail, but when we will fail and what will be our timeline for our recovery.
  • The Dronecode Foundation aims to keep UAVs open
    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles' (UAV) applications and capabilities are advancing at a phenomenal rate, and the cost of these systems is decreasing at an equally impressive rate largely because of the open source. In many cases, open source projects are outpacing the development of their equivalent closed source systems.
  • phpMyAdmin Bids SourceForge Farewell
    phpMyAdmin, the popular free and open source web based tool for administering MySQL databases, has left the SourceForge building. In a blog post on Saturday, the project’s infrastructure coordinator, Michal Čihař, announced that a migration from Sourceforge is all but complete. The few remaining items left on the SourceForge server will be “hopefully handled in upcoming days as well.”
  • Boundless: Commercial open source geospatial software
    Boundless’ global customer base uses the OpenGeo Suite, a complete open source geospatial web services stack, to deploy solutions for web mapping, transportation, telecommunications, open government, and a diverse range of other solutions. The OpenGeo Suite provides a continually updated geo web services platform along with maintenance agreements that include support and training to support the growing functionality of continually enhanced open source geospatial software.
  • Seven Key Milestones in OpenStack's Five-Year History
    On July 19, 2010, Chris Kemp, at the time NASA's CTO for IT, went on stage at the OSCON open-source conference to announce OpenStack, a new open-source effort along with Rackspace. Five years later, OpenStack has emerged as one of the leading cloud platforms governments and big-name companies around the world use. Best Buy and Walmart are among the major retailers that use OpenStack while major carriers, such as Comcast and AT&T, are also users and contributors. One of the biggest drivers of OpenStack's growth in the last five years was the formation of the OpenStack Foundation, a vendor-neutral, multi-stakeholder effort to help build and promote the OpenStack platform. While OpenStack in 2010 was made up of two companies, the OpenStack Foundation in 2015 numbers well over 100 members. Another key driver of OpenStack's growth is continued technical innovation. In 2010, the OpenStack Platform started with just two projects: the Nova Compute Project and the Swift Storage Project. Over the years, multiple additional projects were added, including Glance image, Horizon dashboard, Neutron network and Keystone identity. Here's a look at key milestones in OpenStack's five-year history.
  • A new center for innovation, celebrating five years, and more OpenStack news
  • Q&A: Pepperdata's Chad Carson Discusses Getting Much More Out of Hadoop
    In the data analytics and Hadoop arena, the folks at Pepperdata have an interesting story to tell. Pepperdata's cofounders ran the web search engineering team at Yahoo during the development of the first production use of Hadoop and created Pepperdata with the mission of providing a simple way of prioritizing Hadoop jobs to give resources to the ones that need them most, while ensuring that a company adheres to its SLAs.
  • cps soup
    In the olden days, Guile had no compiler, just an interpreter written in C. Around 8 years ago now, we ported Guile to compile to bytecode. That bytecode is what is currently deployed as Guile 2.0. For many reasons we wanted to upgrade our compiler and virtual machine for Guile 2.2, and the result of that was a new continuation-passing-style compiler for Guile. Check that link for all the backstory.
  • Docker 1.8 Linux Container Engine to Bring Better LXC and Fedora 22 Support, More
    The developers of the famous open-source Docker Linux container engine have recently announced that the first RC (Release Candidate) version of the anticipated Docker 1.8 app is now available for download and testing.
  • Docker Engine 1.8.0-rc1

Security Leftovers

  • Unhinged Linux backdoor still poses a nuisance, if not a threat
    If successfully planted, the malware tries to register itself in the system as a daemon (system service). Thereafter it uses LZO compression and the Blowfish encryption algorithm to chat to command and control servers. Every packet contains a checksum, so that the recipient could verify data integrity.
  • Researchers analyze faulty new Linux backdoor
  • Seven things security experts do to keep safe online
    Cybersecurity experts aren’t like you or I, and now we have the evidence to prove it. Researchers at Google interviewed more than 200 experts to find out what security practices they actually carry out online, and then spoke to almost 300 non-experts to find out how they differ.
  • Why Chrysler's car hack 'fix' is staggeringly stupid
    More than a million Chrysler vehicles, including Jeeps, Ram pickups, and Dodge vehicles, are vulnerable to a major vulnerability that could drive them -- literally -- off the road. Last week, the company recalled 1.4 million vehicles at risk of a remote hijack vulnerability, which, as detailed by Wired, can result in a hacker remotely operating the brakes, interfering with the driver's visibility by switching on the windshield wipers, and even shutting off the engine.
  • The Elderly & the Scam Masters
    Jane answered the phone and a pleasant young man identified himself as an internet technician with Microsoft. He told her they’d received a report that something was extremely wrong with their computers and he was calling to help. [...] From here it gets crazy. There was a $200 payment made to this “tech expert” and then he calls back and says that payment wasn’t necessary. In fact, an error was made and a draft of $2,000 had been made and not $200. He needed to take his $1,800 back. Of course, the “bank statement” Jane looked at did indeed show $2,000 instead of $200, so Jane was being asked to refund the $1,800.
  • We Can Put An End To Identity Theft
  • Darkode Hacking Forum Taken Down by FBI and Europol
    In a joint operation that included law enforcement agencies from 20 countries, the infamous Darkode hacking forum has been taken down.
  • ​Stagefright: Just how scary is it for Android users?
    To do this with Android Kitkat, the most popular Android version, you open the Messenger app and tap on the menu at the top right corner of the screen (the three vertical dots) and then tap on Settings. Once there, select Block Unknown Senders, and you're done.
  • Bin your Android phone: 1 BILLION mobes can be infected by text message
    (There are a couple of workarounds: one is to root your Android mobile and disable Stagefright. Another is to remove or disable Google Hangouts, the default messaging app on Android, which processes video messages automatically. Even without Hangouts, if you receive a booby-trapped MMS and accidentally view it, you'll still be infected. Finally, you could tweak your carrier settings to not receive MMS texts.)
  • 950 million Android phones can be hijacked by malicious text messages
    Interestingly, the Stagefright vulnerability also affects Firefox on all platforms except Linux, and that includes the Firefox OS. Firefox developers have patched the vulnerability in versions 38 and up.
  • Researchers have found a new texting vulnerability in Android