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Story Leftovers: GNOME Software Roy Schestowitz 1 01/09/2015 - 2:14am
Story OpenBSD Is Getting Its Own Native Hypervisor Rianne Schestowitz 31/08/2015 - 8:14pm
Story The Death of Ubuntu's Software Center Rianne Schestowitz 31/08/2015 - 8:07pm
Story Exclusive Interview: Michael Miller of SUSE Talks About Transition and Contributing to Open Source Rianne Schestowitz 31/08/2015 - 7:57pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 31/08/2015 - 7:20pm
Story today's leftovers Roy Schestowitz 31/08/2015 - 7:18pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 31/08/2015 - 7:11pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 31/08/2015 - 7:10pm
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 31/08/2015 - 7:01pm
Story Leftovers: OSS Roy Schestowitz 31/08/2015 - 6:57pm

OpenBSD Is Getting Its Own Native Hypervisor

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BSD

The OpenBSD Foundation has been funding work on a project to provide OpenBSD with its own, native hypervisor.

The hypervisor's VMM is so far able to launch a kernel and ask for a root file-system, but beyond that, it's been laying most of the hypervisor foundation up to this point.

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The Death of Ubuntu's Software Center

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Ubuntu

Over the past few weeks, the fate of Ubuntu's Software Center has received a lot of press. There have been ample ravings about how the Software Center is about to vanish from the face of the Earth. In reality, it's not going anywhere yet. What is changing, however, will be the ability to submit new applications or updates to existing applications. In this article, I'll explain what this means and where things will likely go from here.

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Exclusive Interview: Michael Miller of SUSE Talks About Transition and Contributing to Open Source

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Interviews
SUSE

SUSE is one of the Linux trinity -- which comprises Red Hat, SUSE, and Canonical. SUSE is also one of the leading contributors to many open source projects, including the kernel itself. However, the company went through challenging times as it was acquired by one company after another. It seems that things have stabilized with the Micro Focus acquisition, so I sat down with Michael Miller, SUSE’s Vice President of Global Alliances & Marketing at LinuxCon and talked about topics ranging from acquisition to future plans.

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Leftovers: Software

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today's leftovers

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Leftovers: Gaming

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Leftovers: GNOME Software

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Leftovers: OSS

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OpenStack and Servers

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Server
OSS
  • User Data Manifesto 2.0 launched

    In October 2012 I announced the first version of the User Data Manifesto during the Latinoware Keynote in Brazil. The idea was to define some basic right that all users should have in the digital age. This was still before the Snowden revelations. But it was already very clear that the privacy and security is at risk by cloud services and SaaS solutions that totally ignore the rights and interests of their users. So the idea was to try to define what this rights should be in the internet age.

  • OpenStack Continues to Push Cloud Integration Vision

    At the OpenStack Silicon Valley event, the head of the OpenStack Foundation announces new nonprofit status and developer initiatives.
    OpenStack continues to move forward, even as new technologies like containers enter the cloud virtualization landscape. At the OpenStack Silicon Valley event on Aug. 26, OpenStack supporters discussed why the open-source cloud platform is thriving and detailed new efforts to keep momentum moving forward.

  • Making strides in container integration, and more OpenStack news
  • Blue Box OpenStack Lands on IBM Softlayer Servers

    IBM is moving quickly to integrate technology from the recently acquired Blue Box cloud into its Softlayer cloud services. IBM announced the acquisition of Blue Box on June 3.

  • OpenStack makes some important friends
  • Intel reveals big data's dirty little secret

    Companies are spending billions on tools and engineering to analyse big data, though many are hampered by one little problem: they still don't know what to do with all the data they collect.

    "This is the dirty little secret about big data: No one actually knows what to do with it," Jason Waxman, an Intel vice president and general manager of the company's cloud platforms group, said Thursday in a webcast for investors.

    "They think they know what to do with it, and they know they have to collect it, because you have to have a big data strategy. But deriving the insights from big data is a little harder to do," he said.

  • Apache Advances Open Source Lens Big Data Platform

    The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has advanced the open source Lens project for unified Big Data analytics, providing a single view of multiple tiered data sources.

  • Community App Catalog is a Big Priority for the OpenStack Foundation

Security Leftovers

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Security
  • Security updates for Monday
  • Luxembourg to list European IT security policies

    The government of Luxembourg aims to make an inventory of policies on IT security and data protection in the EU Member States. The study is one of the priorities of Luxembourg’s presidency of the EUPAN network, an informal network of European public administration representatives.

  • Indian mobile broadband clients can make Linux system vulnerable to attacks
  • Why is Windows lying about what root certificates it trusts?

    Starting with Windows Vista, a new AutoUpdate mechanism was added, allowing these trusted root certificates to be seamlessly downloaded on first use.

    Why does this matter? Because the incomplete information shown by Windows leads many people (including some security professionals) to believe that Windows trusts only a dozen or two root certificates out of the box, rather than hundreds.

  • Linux Foundation's security checklist can help sysadmins harden workstations

    If you're a Linux user, especially a systems administrator, the Linux Foundation has some security tips to share with you, and they're quite good.

    Konstantin Ryabitsev, the Foundation's director of collaborative IT services, published the security checklist that the organization uses to harden the laptops of its remote sysadmins against attacks.

    The recommendations aim to balance security decisions with usability and are accompanied by explanations of why they were considered. They also have different severity levels: critical, moderate, low and paranoid.

  • Linux Foundation releases PARANOID internal infosec guide

    Linux Foundation project director Konstantin Ryabitsev has publicly-released the penguinistas' internal hardening requirements to help sysadmins and other paranoid tech bods and system administrators secure their workstations.

    The baseline hardening recommendations are designed that balance security and convenience for its many remote admins, rather than a full-blown security document.

  • Linux workstation security checklist

    This is a set of recommendations used by the Linux Foundation for their systems administrators. All of LF employees are remote workers and we use this set of guidelines to ensure that a sysadmin's system passes core security requirements in order to reduce the risk of it becoming an attack vector against the rest of our infrastructure.

  • Seriousness of the OPM Data Breach Disputed

    On April 15, 2015, officials of the Office of Personnel Management realized they had been hacked and the records of 4.2 million of current and former employees had been stolen. Later investigations by OPM determined in early June that the number affected is 21.5 million, for whom sensitive information, including Social Security Numbers (SSNs), was stolen from the background investigation databases.

    This was the biggest breach of United States government data in history. Reports point to China as the source of the breach, but the Administration has not formally accused China.

  • Automakers fight car hacking bill - Computer Fraud and Abuse Act takes some blows

    You might think the effort to fortify cars’ cybersecurity could possibly make strange bedfellows out of automakers and safety advocates, what with all the recent reports basically amounting to the conclusion that a whole car can be hacked. But you’d be wrong.

  • Oracle, still clueless about security

    Oracle’s chief security officer, Mary Ann Davidson, recently ticked off almost everyone in the security business. She proclaimed that you had to do security “expertise in-house because security is a core element of software development and you cannot outsource it.” She continued, “Whom do you think is more trustworthy? Who has a greater incentive to do the job right — someone who builds something, or someone who builds FUD around what others build?”

  • Grsecurity Forced by Multi-Billion Dollar Company to Release Patches Only to Sponsors

    Grsecurity is a well-known set of patches for the Linux kernel, which greatly enhance the ability of the system to withstand various security threats. As you can imagine, there are many companies that want to use Grsecurity, and they need to follow the accompanying GPL license. They are not doing that, and now Grsecurity needs to take some drastic action.

  • BitTorrent patched against flaw that allowed crippling DoS attacks
  • GitHub wobbles under DDOS attack

    GitHub is under a distributed-denial-of-service attack being perpetrated by unknown actors.

    The service's status page reported “a brief capacity overload” early on Tuesday. The site's assessment of the incident was later upgraded to a a DDOS and at the time of writing the site is at code yellow.

  • CERT Warns of Hard-Coded Credentials in DSL SOHO Routers

32/64 bit versions of LXLE 14.04.3 released

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Linux

Delays, delays. First with SeaMonkey then Lanshop. Still, moving forward with the release of LXLE 14.04.3 OS for both 32 & 64 bit machines. 12.04.5 32 bit has also been updated to reflect the same changes.

Notable new features in this release includes, 'Xautolock' providing a top left hotcorner that invokes the 'WinPick" script which is an expose like utility and finally 'OpenSnap' added true aerosnap with just a simple drag & drop.

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Back to school: 5 open source programs for students and teachers

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In September 2013, Opensource.com featured a selection of top-shelf software to help students and teachers ease back into the classroom. Like our students, open source learning software has grown up since that time. Let's take a look at a few affordable and stress-free open source software tools to help students and teachers make learning fun and stress-free... the commercial software bullies will be running off the playground in no time.

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LLVM Clang 3.7 vs. GCC Compiler Benchmarks On Linux

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Originally I was also going to feature some OpenMP benchmarks in this compiler comparison since LLVM/Clang 3.7 now has OpenMP 3.1 support, but with these tests and using the latest LLVM OpenMP library, I was still running into some issues even when setting the appropriate compiler flag. I'm still investigating the issue so for now all of the tests in this article are not using OpenMP.

As a side note, daily LLVM/Clang SVN benchmarks using the daily LLVM APT snapshot repository continue to be done in a fully-automated manner each morning on multiple systems over at LinuxBenchmarking.com.

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DebEX KDE Is a Pure Debian 8.1 Based Distro with Linux Kernel 4.1.3 and KDE Plasma 5

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KDE
Debian

Arne Exton, the creator of numerous GNU/Linux and Android-x86-based distributions, was more than happy to inform us earlier today about the immediate availability for download of a new build for its DebEX KDE edition distro.

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Midori 0.5.11 Open-Source Web Browser Adds Support for Client Side Decorations

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Linux
Web

Christian Dywan has announced the immediate availability for download of the eleventh maintenance release of the Midori 0.5 open-source web browser used by default in numerous lightweight GNU/Linux distributions, including elementary OS.

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Pro tip: Find business phone numbers faster in Android Lollipop

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Android

Say you're in a hurry to phone a local business to either order a pizza, find out their hours, reserve a table... or whatever reason you might need quick access to that business's front desk. In the old days of Android KitKat, you'd have to do a search for the business from Chrome (or Google Now), locate a phone number listed for the business, and then tap the associated number to place the call. Android Lollipop has made that process quite a bit more efficient.

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LXLE 14.04.3 Linux Distro Is Now Based on Lubuntu 14.04.3 LTS - Screenshot Tour

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Linux

The LXLE team has announced the immediate availability for download of the third maintenance release of their lightweight and open-source LXLE 14.04 Linux kernel-based operating system built around the LXDE desktop environment.

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Kodi 15.2 RC Addresses Important Android Issues, Adds Better Xbox Controller Suppor

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Movies

It looks like the Kodi developers can't stop implementing new features and fixing annoying bugs in the best open-source and cross-platform media server software ever created, Kodi (formerly XBMC Media Center).

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