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WordPress 3.8.2 Delivers Security Fixes

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 5:23am
Perhaps the biggest security-hardening impact, however, is likely to come from a new mechanism to help reduce the impact of pingback attacks from WordPress installations. A pingback attack takes advantage of the XML-RPC (remote procedure call) pingback functionality in WordPress to launch DDoS attacks. XML-RPC is legitimately used within WordPress to allow content owners to track where their content is getting linked.

Leaked images and video show simplified Android TV UI

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 4:26am
[Updated Apr 9] — Leaked images and a CES 2014 demo of Google’s new Android TV user interface show a more streamlined and intuitive approach to the big screen than Google TV. Rumors of the impending sunsetting of Google TV have been around at least since September when Sony, Google’s most stalwart partner for its […]

Skylable releases SX 0.1 - a complete Open Source Cloud Storage solution

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 3:29am
Skylable SX is an open source, reliable, fully distributed cluster solution for your data storage needs. With SX you can aggregate the disk space available on multiple servers and merge it into a single storage system.

FLASHOUT 2 Looks Like A Great Futuristic Racer

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 2:32am
FLASHOUT 2 looks like it will revive futuristic fast-paced combat racers and that's a pretty good thing. I have been waiting for a decent game like this to arrive on Linux and this may deliver.

Does Google need to lock down the Google Play store?

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 1:34am
Disturbing reports of fake Android apps make me wonder if it's time for Google to lock down the Google Play store to protect users.

Humble Bundle PC & Android 9 Ups The Ante With Three More Linux Games

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 12:37am
Humble Bundle PC & Android 9 was already a good thing for Linux gamers, and now even more so with three more native games for Linux included as extras. So, we now have 9 games in this bundle making it quite the whopper.

Open Source Embroidermodder goes where no embroiderer has gone before

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 11:40pm
Even Linus Torvalds has had trouble with the proprietary formats of Embroidery machines. Enter Embroidermodder 2, an open source program on Kickstarter to create and edit digital embroidery designs.

ODF vs. OOXML: War of the Words Chapter 5 - Open Standards

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 10:43pm
In which the ability of open standards to break even the most monolithic IT monopolies is explained and explored

Short Stack: Inside Telestra's OpenStack Build and Cisco CIO talks OpenStack

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 9:46pm
This week, we look at HP embracing OpenStack, inside Telestra's move to OpenStack and Cisco's CIO explaining the advantages of OpenStack.

Useless Android security app fakes out Google Play users

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 8:49pm
In today's open source roundup: A fake Android app temporarily rockets up the Google Play rankings. Plus: elementary OS "Isis" preview, and a review of Slacko Puppy 5.7.

Free, Open-Source Linux Games Part IV: 5 More

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 7:51pm
This is the fourth article in a series covering completely free and open-source games available for Linux, usually included in any of the popular distributions. These games are all included in the Ubuntu repositories, so you can install them with APT.

Wallabag to serve your open source read-it-later app needs

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 6:54pm
No matter how well organized you are, no matter how well you manage your time, you probably don't get the chance to read all of the interesting articles that you find when you find them. To get around that, you can use services like Readability, Instapaper, and Pocket that allow you clip articles and read them when you do have the time.

Test Sites for Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 5:57pm
[url=http://lxer.com/team.php][img]http://lxer.com/content/carla_schroder.jpg[/img][/url] [b]LXer Feature: 09-April-2014[/b]Cryptography and security expert Filippo Valsorda created a Web-based Heartbleed tester. He released the code and now multiple sites have posted the tester. I do not know how reliable it is. To us lusers out here in the real world, the Internet and the sites we visit are black boxes. We have no way to know how safely they are handling our data. The sky is always falling.

NVIDIA Releases First Linux Driver with Overclock Features

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 5:37pm
NVIDIA has just announced the immediate availability for download of a new Beta version of its graphics driver for Linux operating systems, 337.12.

How to configure Conky with a GUI-based Conky config tool

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 4:40pm
Conky is a light-weight system monitor for X, which displays a variety of information on your desktop. Conky is highly configurable program which can monitor various time-varying system properties such as CPU load/temperature, free memory, free disk space, battery status, network traffic, etc. Conky consumes little system resources because it renders information within a desktop theme instead of using separate widget toolkits.

The Internet's 25 years and future with open source

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 3:57pm
What began as ARPANET back in 1969, has become the Internet as we know it today. This year on March 12 marked 25 years of the World Wide Web. It all got started when...In March 1989 Tim Berners-Lee, a scientist working at CERN, submitted a proposal to develop a radical new way of linking and sharing information over the internet.(Source: home.web.cern.ch)

Do you need antivirus protection on a Chromebook?

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 3:00pm
I was asked via email last week whether antivirus software was required on a Chromebook. The simple answer is of course no but I have elaborated a bit on the question and there are possibly a few more things to take into consideration

Tech Gurus Still Don't "Get" Linux

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 2:02pm
It’s been my experience that, despite any progress, Ubuntu and distros like it have made in gaining new users, those in the tech media continue to get it wrong. In this article, I’ll examine how the tech media continues to spread misinformation about Linux on the desktop, why it happens and what we as users can do about it.

Making FLOSS circumvention tools safer for journalists and activists

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 1:05pm
Software tools that bypass censorship and surveillance, also known as circumvention technology, are used in variety of contexts. Chinese citizens get around the Great Firewall to access censored sites and popular international social media platforms. Activists in Iran bypass government surveillance to post photos and video of anti-government demonstrations. Journalists in Mexico circumvent cartel surveillance to report on local drug-related violence.While circumvention tools have become more popular in recent years, many are shipped with little or no security review. This is precarious since any error could place end-users who are located in high-risk areas in danger.

Five Things in Fedora This Week (2014-04-08)

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 12:08pm
Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to follow it all. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive news coverage — just quick summaries with links to each. Here are the five things for April 8st, 2014..