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Severe flaws in widely used archive library put many projects at risk

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 09:15:27 PM
Three severe flaws in libarchive, recently found by researchers from Cisco Systems' Talos group, could affect a large number of software products.

Building a business on a solid open source model

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 08:18:16 PM
Since we announced Nextcloud, an ownCloud fork, many people have asked me how we plan to build a sustainable, healthy open source business. My short answer is that it requires a strong focus on maintaining a careful balance between the needs of all stakeholders: users, contributors, employees, customers, and—of course—investors.read more

Running Distributed Applications at Scale on Mesos from Twitter and CloudBees

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 07:21:05 PM
A recurring theme in our MesosCon North America 2016 series is solving difficult resource provisioning problems. The days of investing days or even weeks in spec’ing, acquiring, and setting up hardware and software to meet increased workloads are long gone. Now we see vast provisioning adjustments taking place in seconds.

This Android malware can secretly root your phone and install programs

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 06:23:54 PM
A new type of malware has been found in legitimate-looking apps that can “root” your phone and secretly install unwanted programs. The Godless malware targets devices running Android 5.1 and earlier and has mainly hit India and other parts of southeast Asia, Trend Micro says.

Point Linux 3.2 Screenshot Tour

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 05:26:43 PM
We announce the availability of Point Linux 3.2. Despite that fact that this is a minor release, it has some notable changes and bug fixes: inability to install from custom-made Flash drives fixed; Firefox package replaced with Debian's firefox-esr; Thunderbird is not installed by default; Flash plugin removed due to security reasons; Plymouth theme changed to spinner; up-to-date Debian packages; do not show 'virtualbox kernel service is not running' banner; boot from local drive ability fixed in live CD boot menu;

7 open source Android apps for chess players

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 04:29:32 PM
The game of chess has challenged and entertained players for centuries. From the courts of medieval royalty to modern after-school chess programs, the game has widespread appeal and has withstood the test of time. Chess is easy to learn but difficult to master. Each player controls 16 pieces on a board consisting of 64 squares. There are six different types of pieces: Pawn, Bishop, Knight, Rook, Queen, and King—so learning the basics can take an hour or so.read more

Ubuntu's Snappy Packages: Smoke and Little Fire

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 03:32:21 PM
When Canonical Software, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, announced that developers from other distributions were working on Snappy packages, the media pumped a minor announcement into a major story.

Dysfunction and Sabotage: Why Large Hospital EHR Costs So Much

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 02:35:10 PM
I've wondered for years why large hospital EHR deployments are reported to cost north of 100 million dollars. I've asked the question: what is that software made of Unicorn dust? I've also heard reports that the EHR company in question fields 'an army' of workers for its go-live. I've wondered what justifies all this and what justifies the giant budgets. In working in and around hospitals for 20 years now I've come to some conclusions.

Whiskey, Linux and RAM

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 01:37:59 PM
The continuing adventures of a new open source tinkerer this week takes him to that part of the Linux Zone known as "oh-yeah-I-shoulda-checked-that-first." We'll resist the urge to poke fun and give him an A for effort.

The current state of open data in the US government

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 12:40:48 PM
The S.2852 OPEN Government Data Act aims to require true open data access at the federal level. In this article I will discuss the importance of open data in government, the current state of open data in government, and what we need to do to implement true open data.read more

How well do Android apps run on Chromebooks?

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 11:43:37 AM
Also in today's open source roundup: DistroWatch compares live version upgrade methods, and which e-ink devices can run Linux?

Antergos Linux One Of Best Arch Based Distros

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 10:46:26 AM
One of the most difficult tasks for Linux newbies is to install Arch Linux. Unlike most of other Linux distributions, Arch Linux does not have graphical installer. It's completely CLI. Users have always been interested to use Arch based distros and luckily there are many. Antergos Linux is one the best, beautiful and sleek Arch based distros available.

Fedora 24 shows off new visions of the Linux desktop, cloud, and containers

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 09:49:15 AM
Fedora adds multiple Linux desktops, OpenShift cloud Origin and Fedora Atomic Host to drive containerized application development and deployment.

Fedora 24 Workstation Review: All Work and Very Little Play

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 08:52:04 AM
Fedora 24 brings with it a number of technical improvements, software upgrades, and under the hood. It’s clear that the Fedora developers have been working closely with upstream sources to tightly integrate advances in everything from the kernel to GNOME, Systemd, NetworkManager, and GCC6 which have all been forged into a powerful core. However, that’s about where it ends.

Anecdotal Comparison of Steam on Linux Vs Windows

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 07:54:53 AM
The word on the street is that gaming on Linux doesn't work as well as on Brand X. According to our everyday Super Geek, that seems to be just another Microsoft myth.

Fedora 24 Screenshot Tour

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 06:57:42 AM
The Fedora 24 Workstation release features GNOME 3.20, with many usability improvements such as easier input device and printer settings, a better search interface, shortcut windows for keyboard commands, and more convenient music controls. Flatpak (formerly xdg-app) is another building-block feature, with Software able to track installed Flatpaks and adding more features in the future as the technology develops. The Software app has also grown features to provide a full system upgrade directly from the desktop from one Fedora release to the next, and the ability to provide labelling as well as reviews of available software. Fedora 24 continues our work on the X replacement, Wayland, a next-generation graphics stack. Although this release will not default to Wayland, it includes many improvements and is available as an option for users to try out, and potentially will be the default stack in Fedora 25.

Raspberry Pi Zero IoT adapter adds Grove modules and more

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 06:00:31 AM
Dexter’s $17 “GrovePi-Zero” IoT expansion board for the Raspberry Pi Zero features analog, digital, and serial ports that support Grove modules. Back in 2014, robotics specialist Dexter Industries released a GrovePi expansion kit for the Raspberry Pi equipped with ports that support SeeedStudio’s catalog of hundreds of Arduino-compatible Grove sensors and I/O modules. This was […]

What’s new in Fedora 24 Workstation

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 05:03:20 AM
Fedora 24 Workstation is the latest release of our free, leading-edge operating system. You can download it from the official website here. There are several new and noteworthy changes in Fedora Workstation. GNOME 3.20 The default environment comes courtesy of the GNOME community.... Continue Reading →

Upgrading Fedora 23 Workstation to Fedora 24

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 04:06:09 AM
Fedora 24 just became available and is officially released. You’ll likely want to upgrade your system. If you’ve upgraded from past Fedora releases, you may be familiar with the dnf upgrade plugin. This method is the recommended and supported way... Continue Reading →

Amazon Web Services Launches Partner Competencies For Sensitive Government Data

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 03:08:58 AM
The new concentrations recognize firms with deep experience and expertise in serving the unique requirements of providing cloud-based technology solutions to the public sector.

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IT runs on the cloud, and the cloud runs on Linux. Any questions?

A recent survey by the Uptime Institute of 1,000 IT executives found that 50 percent of senior enterprise IT executives expect the majority of IT workloads to reside off-premise in cloud or colocation sites in the future. Of those surveyed, 23 percent expect the shift to happen next year, and 70 percent expect that shift to occur within the next four years. Read more

Security Leftovers

  • Teardrop Attack: What Is It And How Does It Work?
    In Teardrop Attack, fragmented packets that are sent in the to the target machine, are buggy in nature and the victim’s machine is unable to reassemble those packets due to the bug in the TCP/IP fragmentation.
  • Updating code can mean fewer security headaches
    Organizations with high rates of code deployments spend half as much time fixing security issues as organizations without such frequent code updates, according to a newly released study. In its latest annual state-of-the-developer report, Devops software provider Puppet found that by better integrating security objectives into daily work, teams in "high-performing organizations" build more secure systems. The report, which surveyed 4,600 technical professionals worldwide, defines high IT performers as offering on-demand, multiple code deploys per day, with lead times for changes of less than one hour. Puppet has been publishing its annual report for five years.
  • Over half of world's top domains weak against email spoofing
    Over half of the world's most popular online services have misconfigured servers which could place users at risk from spoof emails, researchers have warned. According to Swedish cybersecurity firm Detectify, poor authentication processes and configuration settings in servers belonging to hundreds of major online domains are could put users at risk of legitimate-looking phishing campaigns and fraudulent emails.