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March 2014

GNU Linux-libre 3.14-gnu: "Freedom Pi" is now available

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GNU
Linux

The deblobbing scripts didn't require significant changes, compared to those of the previous release; only small adjustments had to be made to account for drivers removed or modified upstream. That said, I have been working on the fix for our #1 bug, namely, that disabling the requests for non-Free firmware removes the ability to load and use the non-Free firmware without rebuilding the driver or the entire kernel. The plan is to implement (at last! Smile the proposal outlined in http://www.fsfla.org/anuncio/2010-03-Linux-2.6.33-libre

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Linux 3.15 Kernel Gains EFI Mixed Mode Support

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Linux

These EFI mixed mode patches initially debuted in early March by Intel's Matt Fleming. This is great news for those with devices -- particularly laptops / mobile devices -- that have only 32-bit EFI but have been wanting to run Linux. Most 32-bit Linux distributions don't ship with EFI support and up until now it hasn't been clean to get a 64-bit kernel running on the 32-bit firmware... One of the well known devices that have run into this problem is the ASUS Transformer Book T100TA that was one of the early Intel Bay Trail convertible laptops/tablets. Sadly that T100TA of mine is now dead and wouldn't even power up correctly at last attempt after doing some last-ditch attempts to make the device Linux friendly some months ago.

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Grml 2014.03 "Ponywagon" Is Based on Debian Jessie

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Debian

Grml is not a regular Linux distribution for regular users. It’s packed with a sysadmin's favorite tools and allows admins with packages for installation, deployment and system rescue. This latest version has been dubbed Ponywagon and it comes with a couple of interesting features.

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Intel UMS Support To Be Eliminated In Linux 3.16 Kernel

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Linux

With the Linux 3.14 kernel that was released over the night, Intel UMS support was deprecated. Intel hasn't maintained their user-space mode-setting support on Linux in about a half-decade with pushing everything these days through kernel-based mode-setting. The Radeon and Nouveau drivers have also become completely dependent upon kernel mode-setting too, with user-space mode-setting these days mostly being left to really old X.Org drivers without a DRM/KMS module. Modern Linux distributions are also beginning to drop support for these old GPUs.

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Prison Architect Gets Massive Update on Steam for Linux

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Gaming

Prison Architect, a game developed and published by Introversion Software, and available for the Linux platform, has just received a massive update.

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OpenELEC 4.0 Beta 3 Is Based on XBMC Gotham Beta 3

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GNU
Linux

“Internally this will be known by the less-catchy name OpenELEC 3.95.3. This release includes some bugfixes and improvements since 3.95.2 (beta2). Besides the usual bugfixes and package updates as well the XBMC Gotham beta3 release we also added drivers and firmwares for some more Realtek WLAN USB devices and DVB devices. Also we added initial support for TTS (TextToSpeech) output which can be already used together with Ruuk's Addo,” reads the official announcement.

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[Development] Qt 4.8.6 Release Candidate available

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Development
KDE

Qt 4.8.6 Release Candidate packages are available at http://download.qt-project.org/development_releases/qt/4.8/4.8.6-rc1/ Sha1 for Qt 4.8.6 is now considered frozen so please test these packages accordingly. These packages are built against sha1 215a78618b185a71f660201c902da51360d8c30d "Pass events to QGestureManager from the main (GUI) thread only". Current version of changes file is available at http://download.qt-project.org/development_releases/qt/4.8/4.8.6-rc1/changes-4.8.6-rc1

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The MariaDB Foundation Announces General Availability of MariaDB 10

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Software
OSS

London, United Kingdom – 31 March 2014 – The MariaDB Foundation, an independent body which promotes the popular open source database MariaDB, today announced the much-anticipated general availability of MariaDB 10, providing today’s generation of application developers with enhanced performance and functionality.

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4MLinux Allinone Edition 8.1 Distro Has Everything You Could Possibly Need

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GNU
Linux

http://news.softpedia.com/news/4MLinux-Allinone-Edition-8-1-Distro-Has-Everything-You-Could-Possibly-Need-434998.shtml4MLinux Allinone Edition, a Linux distro focusing on the Maintenance (system rescue Live CD), Multimedia (e.g., playing video DVDs), Miniserver (using the inetd daemon), and Mystery (Linux games) 4M editions, has just reached version 8.1, finally exiting the Beta stages.

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Open source workshop explores FOSS in universities

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OSS

The Association for Computing Machinery's annual meeting of their Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education is one of the largest academic computing meetings there is. This year's event featured a full-day workshop on teaching open source practices, tools, and techniques by engaging students as contributors to humanitarian projects such as Ushahidi, OpenMRS, Gnome Accessibility, and others. TitanPad was used for collaborative notetaking during the event, and this article is a result. You could call it a crowd-sourced article.

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More in Tux Machines

Avidemux 2.6.13 Open-Source Video Editor Gets AAC/ADTS Import and Export

The developers of the Avidemux open-source and cross-platform video editor software have announced a new maintenance update in the 2.6 series, bringing multiple improvements, bug fixes, and a handful of new features. Read more

5 Best Linux Distros for Security

Security is nothing new to Linux distributions. Linux distros have always emphasized security and related matters like firewalls, penetration testing, anonymity, and privacy. So it is hardly surprising that security conscious distributions are common place. For instance, Distrowatch lists sixteen distros that specialize in firewalls, and four for privacy. Most of these specialty security distributions, however, share the same drawback: they are tools for experts, not average users. Only recently have security distributions tried to make security features generally accessible for desktop users. Read more

Linux Foundation and Linux

  • How IoTivity and AllJoyn Could Combine
    At the Embedded Linux Conference in April, Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) Executive Director Mike Richmond concluded his keynote on the potential for interoperability between the OCF’s IoTivity IoT framework and the AllSeen Alliance’s AllJoyn spec by inviting to the stage Greg Burns, the chief architect of AllJoyn. Burns briefly shared his opinion that not only was there no major technical obstacle to combining these two major open source IoT specs, but that by taking the best of both standards, a hybrid could emerge that improves upon both. Later in the day, Burns gave a technical overview of how such a hybrid could be crafted in “Evolving a Best-of-Breed IoT Framework.” (See video below.) Burns stated in both talks that his opinions in no way reflect the official position of OCF or the AllSeen Alliance. At the time of the ELC talk in April, Burns had recently left his job as VP of Engineering at Qualcomm and Chair of the Technical Steering Committee at the AllSeen Alliance to take on the position of Chief IoT Software Technologist in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corp.
  • ​Linus Torvalds' love-hate relationship with the GPL
    Linux's founder appreciates what the GNU General Public License has given Linux, but he doesn't appreciate how some open-source lawyers are trying to enforce it in court.
  • Linus Torvalds reflects on 25 years of Linux
    LinuxCon North America concluded in Toronto, Canada on August 25th, the day Linux was celebrating its 25th anniversary. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and Dirk Hohndel, VP and chief of open source at VMware, sat down for a conversation at the event and reflected upon the past 25 years. Here are some of the highlights of that conversation.
  • 6 things you should know from Linux's first 25 years
    Red Hat was founded in 1993, two years after Linux was announced and the company has been one of the top contributors to Linux. There is a symbiotic relationship between the company and the project. Whitehurst pointed out that it’s hard to talk about the history of Red Hat without talking about Linux and vice versa.
  • There Is Talk Of Resuming OpenChrome VIA KMS/DRM Driver Development
    Two or so years back or so it was looking hopeful that the mainline Linux kernel would finally have a proper VIA DRM/KMS driver for the unfortunate ones still have VIA x86 hardware and using the integrated graphics. However, that work was ultimately abandoned but there is talk of it being restored.

Security News

  • New FairWare Ransomware targeting Linux Computers [Ed: probably just a side effect of keeping servers unpatched]
    A new attack called FaireWare Ransomware is targeting Linux users where the attackers hack a Linux server, delete the web folder, and then demand a ransom payment of two bitcoins to get their files back. In this attack, the attackers most likely do not encrypt the files, and if they do retain the files, probably just upload it to a server under their control.
  • How do we explain email to an "expert"?
    This has been a pretty wild week, more wild than usual I think we can all agree. The topic I found the most interesting wasn't about one of the countless 0day flaws, it was a story from Slate titled: In Praise of the Private Email Server The TL;DR says running your own email server is a great idea. Almost everyone came out proclaiming it a terrible idea. I agree it's a terrible idea, but this also got me thinking. How do you explain this to someone who doesn't really understand what's going on? There are three primary groups of people. 1) People who know they know nothing 2) People who think they're experts 3) People who are actually experts
  • Why the term “zero day” needs to be in your brand’s cybersecurity vocabulary
    Linux is “open source” which means anyone can look at the code and point out flaws. In that sense, I’d say Linus Torvalds doesn’t have to be as omniscient as Tim Cook. Linux source code isn’t hidden behind closed doors. My understanding is, all the Linux code is out there for anyone to see, naked for anyone to scrutinize, which is why certain countries feel safer using it–there’s no hidden agenda or secret “back door” lurking in the shadows. Does that mean Android phones are safer? That’s up for debate.