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Debian Elections and ownCloud

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  • Debian Project Leader elections 2016

    It's that time of year again for the Debian Project: the elections of its Project Leader!

    Neil McGovern who has held the office for the last year will not be seeking reelection. Debian Developers will have to choose between voting for the only candidate running Mehdi Dogguy or None Of The Above. If None Of The Above wins the election then the election procedure is repeated, many times if necessary.

    Mehdi Dogguy was a candidate for the DPL position last year, finishing second with a close amount of votes to the winner Neil McGovern.

  • It's Looking Like Debian 9.0 Stretch Won't Support OwnCloud

    It's looking incredibly likely that ownCloud, the popular open-source project for easily setting up your own private cloud for file storage, will not be available as Debian packages with next year's 9.0 Stretch release.

    The past few weeks have seen Debian stakeholders debating over ownCloud as an unfit upstream with it being a pain to maintain the current ownCloud Debian packages. Due to the unwillingness of the ownCloud developers, managing ownCloud upgrades being a headache, and Debian packaging rules, it's looking like the Debian developers maintaining these packages are getting ready to throw in the towel for Stretch. Of course, others are wanting ownCloud to continue to be packaged since there is no viable open-source alternative to this project.

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    A mobile application built by a third party for the RSA security conference in San Francisco this week was found to have a few security issues of its own—including hard-coded security keys and passwords that allowed a researcher to extract the conference's attendee list. The conference organizers acknowledged the vulnerability on Twitter, but they say that only the first and last names of 114 attendees were exposed.

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    In a yet-to-be peer-reviewed study published on Freedom To Tinker, a site hosted by Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, three researchers document how third-party tracking scripts have the capability to scoop up information from Facebook's login API without users knowing. The tracking scripts documented by Steven Englehardt, Gunes Acar, and Arvind Narayanan represent a small slice of the invisible tracking ecosystem that follows users around the web largely without their knowledge.

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    If you login to websites through Facebook, we've got some bad news: hidden trackers can suck up more of your data than you'd intended to give away, potentially opening it up to abuse.

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