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Story Ubuntu Forums Hacked! Here Is What Hacker Stole? Mohd Sohail 22/07/2016 - 3:45pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 22/07/2016 - 3:11pm
Story Intro to LimeSurvey: An open source, feature-rich polling platform Rianne Schestowitz 22/07/2016 - 2:57pm
Story How I use Linux for theoretical physics Rianne Schestowitz 22/07/2016 - 2:55pm
Story Hands-On: Updating Fedora 23 to 24 via Gnome Software Rianne Schestowitz 22/07/2016 - 2:47pm
Story Keeweb A Linux Password Manager Mohd Sohail 22/07/2016 - 12:31pm
Story ​Nextcloud 10 beta includes two-factor authentication security Roy Schestowitz 22/07/2016 - 6:07am
Story Ubuntu 16.04 Updated, Remembering Mandriva, Leap 42.2a3 Report Roy Schestowitz 22/07/2016 - 5:28am
Story Opensuse Leap 42.2 alpha3 Roy Schestowitz 22/07/2016 - 5:27am
Story Games: Stardew Valley and Life is Strange Roy Schestowitz 22/07/2016 - 5:22am

EC to audit Apache HTTP Server and Keepass

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Security

The European Commission is preparing a software source code security audit on two software solutions, Apache HTTP server and Keepass, a password manager. The source code will be analysed and tested for potential security problems, and the results will be shared with the software developers. The audits will start in the coming weeks.

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This $50 Android smartphone may be the best deal in tech

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Android

In life, you get what you pay for.*

*Exceptions: Costco wine, $1 New York City pizza and the Blu R1 HD smartphone, now sold by Amazon for $50. In those cases, the quality of the product far exceeds your low expectations.

Yes, you read that right, there’s an Android GOOGL, +0.56% 6.0 smartphone that costs less than family dinner at the Olive Garden. It’s cheap, but it’s not, you know, cheap.

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Games for GNU/Linux

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Gaming

Open source offers job security as businesses navigate an IT talent war

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OSS

If you're in open source and looking for a job, chances are you won't have to search long. According to recent research, businesses are going out of their way to find—and hang onto—their best open source talent. Last month, the 2016 Open Source Jobs Report found that 79% of hiring managers have increased incentives to retain their current open source professionals.

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SUSE Leftovers

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SUSE
  • Tumbleweed updates bash, KDE, new Kernel coming soon

    There is a lot of excitement around the latest openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots because of new KDE features and the newest stable Linux Kernel, which is expected in the next snapshot.

    Snapshot 20160715 brought all those KDE updates Tumbleweed users were looking forward to like Framework 5.24.0, Plasma 5.7.0 and Applications 16.04.3. Breeze icons have a new feature and there is now jump list actions for tasks within an application available with KRunner thanks to the new Plasma. There is plenty of other new features with Plasma 5.7, so check out the video to see what is new.

  • SUSE helps resellers extend software benefits to the cloud, giving customers more flexibility with SUSE solutions

    SUSE today introduced a new program that allows resellers of SUSE subscriptions to host SUSE software products on behalf of their end-user customers, providing more flexibility to both resellers and end customers as they extend the benefits of SUSE products beyond customers’ on-site data centers.

    “Many of our customers are finding value in partnering with a managed cloud provider so they can stay fast and lean and focus their limited resources on their core business and on driving innovation,” said Ronald de Jong, president of sales at SUSE. “SUSE Reseller Hosting enables our reseller partners to easily create new offerings to serve these customers within their existing SUSE partnership framework, while growing the important relationships our SUSE end-user customers rely on.”

  • Google Summer of Code Mid-Term

    In this years edition of Google Summer of Code, an international annual program in which stipends are awarded to students to hack on Free Software during the summer, openSUSE members are mentoring seven students who all passed their mid-term evaluation last week. Go on to read what they have to say about their first 10 weeks in the program.

Security News

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Security
  • Security advisories for Tuesday
  • BlackBerry Inks Software Deal With U.S. Senate
  • BlackBerry inks security software deals, shares slip
  • BlackBerry Announces String of Small Security Software Deals
  • BlackBerry inks U.S. government software deals; shares slip
  • Carbanak Gang Tied to Russian Security Firm?

    Among the more plunderous cybercrime gangs is a group known as “Carbanak,” Eastern European hackers blamed for stealing more than a billion dollars from banks. Today we’ll examine some compelling clues that point to a connection between the Carbanak gang’s staging grounds and a Russian security firm that claims to work with some of the world’s largest brands in cybersecurity.

    The Carbanak gang derives its name from the banking malware used in countless high-dollar cyberheists. The gang is perhaps best known for hacking directly into bank networks using poisoned Microsoft Office files, and then using that access to force bank ATMs into dispensing cash. Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab estimates that the Carbanak Gang has likely stolen upwards of USD $1 billion — but mostly from Russian banks.

  • Now you can ask Twitter directly to verify your account

    Do you have an army of imposters online pretending to be you? Probably not, but now you can still request for a verified Twitter account.

    On Tuesday, Twitter launched an official application process so that any account can be verified and receive a blue checkmark badge next to its username. Twitter users interested in applying should have a verified phone number and email address, as well as a profile photo that reflects the person or company branding.

    Verified accounts get to filter their mentions to only see those from other verified accounts. But that seems to be the only real feature or perk that comes from having a blue badge–aside from bragging rights, of course. Additionally, verified accounts can’t be private, and the username must remain the same or you will have to seek verification all over again. If you are rejected, you can reapply after 30 days. Previously, the verification process was never clear-cut, and it seemed to require a direct connection to a Twitter rep.

  • Software flaw puts mobile phones and networks at risk of complete takeover [Ed: proprietary software]

    A newly disclosed vulnerability could allow attackers to seize control of mobile phones and key parts of the world's telecommunications infrastructure and make it possible to eavesdrop or disrupt entire networks, security experts warned Tuesday.

    The bug resides in a code library used in a wide range of telecommunication products, including radios in cell towers, routers, and switches, as well as the baseband chips in individual phones. Although exploiting the heap overflow vulnerability would require great skill and resources, attackers who managed to succeed would have the ability to execute malicious code on virtually all of those devices. The code library was developed by Pennsylvania-based Objective Systems and is used to implement a telephony standard known as ASN.1, short for Abstract Syntax Notation One.

Results of the EU-FOSSA survey

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OSS

Between 17 June and 8 July, you sent the EU-Fossa project 3282 answers, to help us choose which open source software to audit.

First, thank you very much for the many interesting and encouraging comments!

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Learn an instrument with this open source music teacher

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OSS

Playing musical scores is a heavy kind of art. The Nootka app will help you understand the basics of music notation reading, and help you improve by practicing various kinds of exercises. Nootka gives real-time feedback, has multiple difficulty levels, and is customizable.

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libinput is done

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Red Hat

Don't panic. Of course it isn't. Stop typing that angry letter to the editor and read on. I just picked that title because it's clickbait and these days that's all that matters, right?

With the release of libinput 1.4 and the newest feature to add tablet pad mode switching, we've now finished the TODO list we had when libinput was first conceived. Let's see what we have in libinput right now.

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$5 Linux-equipped Omega2 IoT module launches on Kickstarter

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Linux

Onion launched an “Omega2” module on Kickstarter, featuring a faster CPU, options for double the RAM and flash, and lower pricing than last year’s Omega.

Last year, Onion launched an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign for the original Omega module, with packages starting at $25. That campaign won $267,851 from 4,459 backers. Today, the company returned to the Kickstarter well seeking support for a version 2 follow-on to the Omega, appropriately dubbed Omega2. The new project has already reached more than 90 percent of its $15,000 funding goal — a modest feat, in light of the quarter of a million dollars last year’s project earned.

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Fedora News

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Red Hat
  • Fedora's answer to Snap Packages only begs more questions

    The universal package is the future of Linux and both Canonical and Red Hat have their own take. Which is the better solution? Or should there be a third?

  • Korora 24 (Sheldon) is Now Available

    The Korora Project has released version 24 (codename "Sheldon") which is now available for download.

  • 2016 July Elections: Interviews

    The 2016 July cycle of Elections is in full swing. Voting officially began on Tuesday, July 19, and ends Monday, July 25th at 23:59 UTC. Voting takes place on the Voting application website. As part of the Elections coverage on the Community Blog, most of the candidates running for seats published their interviews and established their platforms here. Are you getting ready to vote and looking for this information? You can find the full list of candidates and links to their interviews below.

Four Alternatives to Raspbian and Ubuntu MATE

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Linux
Ubuntu

It seems like every article one reads about the Raspberry Pi always makes a reference to Raspbian. If not, then the writer will probably write about how wonderful Ubuntu MATE is on the Raspberry Pi. Which begs the question: Are there any other OS options for the Raspberry Pi? While there’s nothing wrong with either distro, we should remember that the main appeal of using Linux is the freedom and amount of choice that is offered to the user. With that being said, here are four other distros that offer a great user experience on the Raspberry Pi.

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Korora 24 & OpenMandriva 3.0 RC1 Released, Dell XPS 13

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-s

Jim Dean today announced the release of Fedora-based Korora 24, following just one day after their EOL announcement for version 22. Kate Lebedeff announced the release of OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 RC1 today with Linux 4.6.4, Xorg 1.18.3, and KDE 5.6.5. Two reviews of the 2016 Dell XPS 13 landed today praising the newest Ubuntu laptop and Sandra Henry-Stocker continued celebrating Linux' 25th birthday with a fairly tough quiz.

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Linux and Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks

Leftovers: Software

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Software

GNOME News

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GNOME
  • Cosimo in BJGUG

    Last Month Cosimo came Beijing, and we had a meet up with Beijing GNOME User Group and Beijing Linux User Group in SUSE Office, Cosimo introduced ‘Looking ahead to GNOME 3.22 and beyond’, the flatpak bring lots of attention. Here I just shared some photos. Thanks for Cosimo’s coming!

  • GUADEC Flatpak contest
  • Automatic decompression of archives

    With extraction support in Nautilus, the next feature that I’ve implemented as part of my project is automatic decompression. While the name is a bit fancy, this feature is just about extracting archives instead of opening them in an archive manager. From the UI perspective, this only means a little change in the context menu:

  • Nautilus Is Adding Native Archive Extraction

    Nautilus, the GNOME file manager, is to improve support for extracting zips, tars and other compressed archives.

Android Leftovers

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Android

Security News

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Security
  • Ubuntu forum breach traced to neglected plugin
  • Canonical warns users after Ubuntu forum data breach
  • Flaw in vBulletin add-on leads to Ubuntu Forums database breach
  • CrypTech — Internet Engineers’ New Open Source Weapon Against ‘Creepy’ Governments

    The CrypTech project is an independent security hardware development effort that consists of an international team. CrypTech Alpha is an open source crypto-vault that stores the private/public keys and separates the digital certificates from the software using them. It has been developed as a hardware secure module (HSM) to make the implementation of strong cryptography easier.

  • Entrepreneur in £10m swoop for hacking team

    One of the northwest’s best-known entrepreneurs has splashed out about £10m on a cyber-security venture that helps businesses repel hackers.

    Lawrence Jones, who runs the Manchester-based internet hosting and cloud computing specialist UKFast, has bought Pentest, an “ethical hacking” firm whose staff help detect flaws in clients’ cyber-defences.

    Jones, 47, will merge Pentest’s 45 staff into his own cyber-security outfit, Secarma. “It’s become obvious that there is a massive need to put emphasis on cyber-security,” said the internet tycoon, whose wealth is calculated by The Sunday Times Rich List as £275m.

  • Guilt by ASN: Compiler's bad memory bug could sting mobes, cell towers

    A vulnerability in a widely used ASN.1 compiler isn't a good thing: it means a bunch of downstream systems – including mobile phones and cell towers – will inherit the bug.

    And an ASN.1 bug is what the Sadosky Foundation in Argentina has turned up, in Objective Systems' software.

    The research group's Lucas Molas says Objective's ASN1C compiler for C/C++ version 7.0.0 (other builds are probably affected) generates code that suffers from heap memory corruption. This could be potentially exploited to run malware on machines and devices that run the vulnerable compiler output or interfere with their operation.

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