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Linux: Removing The Big Kernel Lock

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kerneltrap.org: Arnd Bergmann noted that he's working on removing the BKL from the Linux kernel, "I've spent some time continuing the work of the people on Cc and many others to remove the big kernel lock from Linux and I now have [a] bkl-removal branch in my git tree".

Announcing the Fedora 12 Newbie Remix

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hackersramblings.wordpress: The Fedora Unity community is proud to announce a new release of the Fedora Newbie Remix. The Fedora Newbie Remix, codenamed "Longhorn", caters to new users of our operating system, giving them the tools they need to do their every day business.

Join Opera Space Browsing Testing

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opera.com: I believe that this company should commit itself to achieving the goal of putting a Web browser in space. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to other browser makers or more important for the long-range exploration of the Web, and none will be so difficult to accomplish.

Ubuntu goes Democratic

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Ubuntu
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ubuntu.com: Canonical has announced that Ubuntu is moving to a democratic process. Mark is quoted as saying, "We'd be nothing without our loyal and vocal users scrutinizing and criticizing our every move. I may have been too quick in cutting them off from our development process."

Google is going to acquire Novell and the Unix copyright

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Google
SUSE
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shermann.name: Some secret source inside Google Inc. reported to us, that Google is going to acquire Novell, the Company who brought you Novell Netware.

Also: A different kind of company name

Microsoft To Distribute Their Own Version of BSD/Linux

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Microsoft
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From the oldie but almost still goodie department: Maddog: Today, CEO Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft would be releasing their own version of the Linux operating system in twelve months.

Calling All Robots

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OSS
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Linus Torvalds Buys SCO. Monetizes Linux.

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daniweb.com: Today marks the end of an era for SCO, the embattled company whose officers thought that they owned the full rights to the UNIX code, is no more. Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, purchased the company for just over $4 million.

Linux Mint partnership with Mattel and Microsoft

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linuxmint.com: We are happy to announce that Linux Mint entered in a joined partnership with Mattel and Microsoft. This partnership will result in Linux Mint being pre-installed on a new range of computers sold throughout the World and in a number of toys and games distributors.

Linus Torvalds: The New Linux Is Gnu Linux

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katonda.com: One of the long and painful debates over the name has ended with Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux kernel, accepting the name Gnu/Linux for the Linux based machines.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

Security Leftovers

  • Chrome vulnerability lets attackers steal movies from streaming services
    A significant security vulnerability in Google technology that is supposed to protect videos streamed via Google Chrome has been discovered by researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Cyber Security Research Center (CSRC) in collaboration with a security researcher from Telekom Innovation Laboratories in Berlin, Germany.
  • Large botnet of CCTV devices knock the snot out of jewelry website
    Researchers have encountered a denial-of-service botnet that's made up of more than 25,000 Internet-connected closed circuit TV devices. The researchers with Security firm Sucuri came across the malicious network while defending a small brick-and-mortar jewelry shop against a distributed denial-of-service attack. The unnamed site was choking on an assault that delivered almost 35,000 HTTP requests per second, making it unreachable to legitimate users. When Sucuri used a network addressing and routing system known as Anycast to neutralize the attack, the assailants increased the number of HTTP requests to 50,000 per second.
  • Study finds Password Misuse in Hospitals a Steaming Hot Mess
    Hospitals are pretty hygienic places – except when it comes to passwords, it seems. That’s the conclusion of a recent study by researchers at Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania and USC, which found that efforts to circumvent password protections are “endemic” in healthcare environments and mostly go unnoticed by hospital IT staff. The report describes what can only be described as wholesale abandonment of security best practices at hospitals and other clinical environments – with the bad behavior being driven by necessity rather than malice.
  • Why are hackers increasingly targeting the healthcare industry?
    Cyber-attacks in the healthcare environment are on the rise, with recent research suggesting that critical healthcare systems could be vulnerable to attack. In general, the healthcare industry is proving lucrative for cybercriminals because medical data can be used in multiple ways, for example fraud or identify theft. This personal data often contains information regarding a patient’s medical history, which could be used in targeted spear-phishing attacks.
  • Making the internet more secure
  • Beyond Monocultures
  • Dodging Raindrops Escaping the Public Cloud