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Story Ubuntu Touch Transforms into a PC with Just a Bluetooth Mouse - Video Rianne Schestowitz 24/07/2015 - 6:52pm
Story Red Hat and Fedora Roy Schestowitz 24/07/2015 - 6:52pm
Story Android rocks out with a new Marshall smartphone for music lovers Rianne Schestowitz 24/07/2015 - 6:34pm
Story Oracle tries to beef up copyright case against Android Roy Schestowitz 24/07/2015 - 12:35pm
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Security and Linux/FOSS/Proprietary

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Security
  • Security updates for Monday
  • Why DANE isn't going to win

    1024 bit RSA keys are quite common throughout the DNSSEC system. Getting rid of 1024 bit keys in the PKI has been a long-running effort; doing the same for DNSSEC is likely to take quite a while. Yes, rapid rotation is possible, by splitting key-signing and zone-signing (a good design choice), but since it can’t be enforced, it’s entirely likely that long-lived 1024 bit keys for signing DNSSEC zones is the rule, rather than exception.

  • RealVNC: more open remote access protocols will increase security

    Yes but RFB 5 is new... and it's a closed, secret, previously unpublished protocol (unlike earlier RFB 3.x versions).

    Hmm, still doesn't sound very secure.

    Security in remote access solutions will always be a concern for some it's true.

  • I worked at #HackingTeam, my emails were leaked to WikiLeaks and I’m ok with that

    Is radical transparency the best solution to expose injustice in this technocratic world, a world that is changing faster than law can keep up with?

    That question became even more relevant to me, a privacy activist, when I found myself in the Wikileaks archive, because I worked at Hacking Team 9 years ago.

    [...]

    This is a leak in the public interest, and I really feel that the personal and corporate damage is smaller than the improvement our society can gain from it. But to reach such an improvement, we have to focus on the bigger picture rather than getting distracted by the juicy details.

  • Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

    Immediately my accelerator stopped working. As I frantically pressed the pedal and watched the RPMs climb, the Jeep lost half its speed, then slowed to a crawl. This occurred just as I reached a long overpass, with no shoulder to offer an escape. The experiment had ceased to be fun.

    At that point, the interstate began to slope upward, so the Jeep lost more momentum and barely crept forward. Cars lined up behind my bumper before passing me, honking. I could see an 18-wheeler approaching in my rearview mirror. I hoped its driver saw me, too, and could tell I was paralyzed on the highway.

  • 470,000 Vehicles At Risk After Hackers "Take Control & Crash" Jeep Cherokee From A Sofa 10 Miles Away

Samsung says data-eating TRIM bug is a Linux kernel problem

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Linux

Algolia says Samsung has developed a patch for the Linux kernel that solves the problem. The patch was set to be released to the Linux community on July 18, along with Samsung's official statement on the matter and details of the issue, but as of today (July 21), the patch has apparently not been released. We'll try and get our hands on a copy of the statement to see what's up when it arrives.

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elementary OS Freya Gets Greeter and More Desktop Improvements

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OS

elementary OS Freya has been around for a while now, but that is not stopping its developers to keep pushing new features and fixes all the time. The latest improvements have landed for the Greeter and Desktop.

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Researcher lashes out at Hacking Team over open-source code discovery

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OSS
Security

System security researcher Colin Mulliner said in a blog post on Tuesday that he discovered his open-source creations were being used -- without notice or permission by Hacking Team -- after individuals on Twitter pointed it out and he received a flood of emails and personal notifications.

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What do you think of Mageia 5 KDE?

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KDE
MDV

The last time I ran Mageia was in 2013. I wrote two articles about Mageia 3 and its predecessor Mageia 2 in these very pages. I had written several articles about Mandriva for years before eventually moving on to openSUSE, Fedora and Debian so I'm not unfamiliar with Mageia's roots.

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Robolinux 8.1 Cinnamon Runs Windows 10 Inside the OS

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Debian

Robolinux is a Linux distribution based on Debian that features various flavors and that allows its users to run Windows apps via a virtual machine solution. Now the developer has released the first version in the 8.x branch, and it's powered by a Cinnamon desktop.

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KDAB contributions to Qt 5.5

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KDE

The release process of Qt 5.5 has been focused on stabilizing and improving performances. Once more KDAB is proud to be a part of the release, with its engineers constantly providing contributions and patches, as demonstrated by the commit graph of the last 16 weeks.

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DNF 1.0.2 released

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Red Hat

Finally there’s the new release of DNF which fixes the bugs which were highly demanded from Fedora community (former yum users). When a transaction is not successfully finished DNF preserves downloaded packages until the next successful transaction. The resolution configuration hints are printed to the output and user is notified which packages were skipped during update in case there are conflicts. The new –repofrompath switch was added and many more.

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Shashlik - a Tasty New Android Simulator

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Android
GNU
Linux

Although the Linux kernel forms the beating heart of the Android operating system, it's still a very different platform from most distros. In fact, beyond the kernel, most of the libraries, services and applications are completely different. While there are hundreds of different Linux distros out there, they all share components from the GNU project. Android, on the other hand, has taken a completely different route, tailored to the requirements of mobile devices.

As a result, it's not been possible to run Android apps natively on GNU Linux systems without using a virtual machine. Obviously running a VM and the complete Android stack adds a lot of overhead, and as a result, Android apps tend to run much slower. This is bad news for developers, who must run their apps thousands of times over during development and testing, and although it is possible to run tests through a device via a USB connection, it's still clumsy.

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Linux Kernel 4.1.3 LTS Is Now the Most Advanced Version Available

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Linux

The latest version of the stable Linux kernel, 4.1.3, has been made available by Greg Kroah-Hartman, which means that this is now the most advanced version released.

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Setting Up Shop With KDE’s Plasma

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KDE

We’ve all seen those “screenshot tours” of FOSS desktops, but how about a real, guided tour of the Plasma (KDE) desktop? There are still a great many people who simply are not familiar with Plasma’s features. A large number of people never had any computer training, and when they find themselves in such an advanced environment, they feel completely lost. Many people can barely find their way around a single desktop; the concept of multiple virtual desktops is completely lost on them — never mind Plasma’s activities. So let’s take a little time and make some very basic changes to our desktop theme, and then organize our work. After all, that’s what activities are all about.

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Also: VDG + Akademy = Mmmm

BackBox Linux 4.3 Is a Powerful Penetration Testing Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Ubuntu

BackBox Linux is a distribution based on Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS that's used to perform penetration tests and security assessments. A new update has been released, bringing the version number up to 4.3.

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HP ProBook 455 Ubuntu review

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Reviews
Ubuntu

For basic office tasks, the ProBook 455 Ubuntu isn't a bad desktop replacement, and Ubuntu has made big strides from niche project to a rounded OS that most people will adapt to comfortably.
Nonetheless, every one of this laptop's strengths seems to be countered by some related weakness. It's spacious and filled with ports, but clunky and heavy. Its operating system is feature-rich, but buggy. It's secure for now, but won't be in two years' time.

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GNOME's GTK+ 3.18 to Bring Multiple Mir, Wayland, and X11 Improvements

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GNOME

The development team behind the GNOME Project are hard at work these days to bring you the fourth snapshot of the anticipated GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, due for release on September 23, 2015.

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Introducing the First MATE Edition of Gentoo-Based Calculate Linux - Gallery

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Gentoo

On July 21, Alexander Tratsevskiy, the creator and lead developer of the Russian Calculate Linux project, had the great pleasure of informing us all about the immediate availability for download of the first MATE edition of his Gentoo-based distribution.

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Tiny Yocto-ready ARM COM supports industrial temps

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Linux

Gumstix launched a Linux-ready Overo COM with an 800MHz TI DM3730 SoC, 1GB of flash,, a microSD slot, a camera input, and support for -40 to 85°C temperatures.

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7 Current Trends on the Linux Desktop

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Linux

Desktop environments are supposed to be yesterday's technology, gradually being replaced by mobile devices. Yet someone apparently forgot to tell the developers of Linux desktops. At a time when desktops are supposed to be obsolete, Linux offers more alternatives than ever. Apparently, Linux users are not prepared to give up their workstations and laptops for tablets or phones.

Of course, the modern Linux desktop is not the Linux desktop of five years. If you look at the Linux desktop today, at least seven development trends are visible, including several that are reversals of popular past trends.

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Debian 9 "Stretch" Alpha 1 Installer Released, Supports Linux Kernel 4.0

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Debian

The Debian Project, through Cyril Brulebois, announced earlier today that the first Alpha build of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" Installer is now available for download and testing.

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Kodi 15.0 – Isengard – One Release to Rule Them All

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OSS

We are proud to announce the release of Kodi 15.0. No new name this time around, but many new features that cover requests both more than 5 years old and less than 5 months old. Let’s take a quick look at a few.

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GNOME's Evince 3.18 Document Viewer Will Bring a New Annotations Toolbar

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GNOME

The GNOME Project is hard at work these days to release the fourth snapshot of the upcoming GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, due for release on September 23, 2015. The Evince 3.17.4 document viewer app has been updated with new features.

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