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  • Torvalds Wants Hackers on Linux's Team Instead of Going to 'Dark Side’

    Today’s topics include Linus Torvalds wanting hackers to join Linux before turning to the “dark side”; an Apache Struts vulnerability being the potential cause of the Equifax breach; ScanMyPhotos.com offering free photo digitizing to Texas and Florida residents; and Google’s appeal of its $2.9 billion EU antitrust fine.

    At the Open Source Summit in Los Angeles on Sept. 11, Linux founder Linus Torvalds said one way to improve security is to get hackers to join Linux before they attack us. He also said the concept of absolute security in Linux doesn't exist.

    "Even if we do a perfect job … let's be honest, there will always [be] bugs,"Torvalds said. There are a lot of security checks to help identify vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel. Therefore, as a technical person he is impressed by the ingenuity of the people who attack Linux code.

  • New Initiatives to Create Sustainable Open Source Projects at The Linux Foundation

    Open source software isn’t only growing. It’s actually accelerating exponentially in terms of its influence on technology and in society.

  • Linux Foundation: Announcing Our Open Source Guides for the Enterprise

    Last March we held a TODO Group track at Open Source Leadership Summit focused entirely on sharing best practices for businesses managing and building out open source programs. More than a dozen open source program leads and other leaders from companies shared their tips and best practices at the event.

    Furthermore in the last year or so, we have seen companies like AWS build out an open source program via @AWSOpen and even companies like VMWare hired their first Chief Open Source Officer. We’ve had many organizations approach TODO Group members asking for advice on how to get started with an open source program.

  • OPNFV Membership Grows Globally as Community Plans Fourth Developer Plugfest

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GPL Violations: Grsecurity Carries on Bullying Bruce Perens, Israel Complies with AGPL, Xiaomi Violates GPL

  • Linux's Grsecurity dev team takes blog 'libel' fight to higher court
    Open Source Security, Inc., the maker of the Grsecurity Linux kernel patches, suffered a setback last month when San Francisco magistrate judge Laurel Beeler granted a motion by defendant Bruce Perens to dismiss the company's defamation claim, with the proviso that the tossed legal challenge could be amended. The code biz and its president Brad Spengler sued Perens over a blog post in June in which Perens said that using the firm's Grsecurity software could expose customers to a contributory infringement claim under the terms of the Linux kernel's GPLv2 license. Open Source Security contends that statement has damaged its business.
  • Israel’s Information and Communications Technology Authority Bows to Pressure to Comply with Affero GPL
    Under pressure from open source advocates, the Israeli Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Authority recently shared its first open source software, extensions made by the ICT Authority to the CKAN data portal platform to help make the platform usable in Hebrew. The CKAN software is an open source data portal platform used since 2016 by the ICT Authority to make Israeli government data open and available on its government database website. The CKAN software is licensed under the GNU AGPL Version 3 license, an “ultra-strong” open source license that requires users of modified versions of CKAN software to offer its source code, even in the absence of distribution, to users interacting with software over the Internet.
  • Xiaomi Violating GPL 2.0 License With Mi A1 Kernel Sources
    Xiaomi is in violation of the GPL 2.0 license of the Linux Kernel project by still not releasing the kernel sources for the Mi A1 Android One and has been publicly criticized on the matter by established Android developer Francisco Franco earlier this week. While the smartphone was released in September and the Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer’s official policy is to publicize kernel sources for its devices within three months of their market launch, the Android One edition of the Mi A1 remains undetailed in this regard. Mr. Franco — best known for his work on the Franco Kernel, one of the most popular custom OS cores in the Android ecosystem — had some harsh words for the company on Twitter, calling its laidback approach to publicizing the kernel sources for the Mi A1 “an embarrassment” for the open source community and the type of software it allows it to create its commercial devices in the first place.

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Introducing my new friend: a Slimbook

I have been following Slimbook for some time now. As you probably know, they ship a KDE laptop that is very cool, with KDE Neon pre-installed. They have attended to a couple of events I have attended to so I have been able to test their laptops, get feedback from buyers and ask them questions directly. The fact that they are a Spanish company was a beautiful surprise, We do not have that many hardware integrators and vendors in Spain. But what definitely caught my attention was the fact that they pay a lot of attention to the software. They ship the laptops with Linux pre-installed. Ok, that is not new any more. But they do pre-install several different distros. Now, that’s uncommon. But news do not stop there. Read more