According to a new report from Der Spiegel based on internal NSA documents, the signals intelligence agency's elite hacking unit (TAO) is able to conduct sophisticated wiretaps in ways that make Hollywood fantasy look more like reality. The report indicates that the NSA, in collaboration with the CIA and FBI, routinely and secretly intercepts shipping deliveries for laptops or other computer accessories in order to implant bugs before they reach their destinations. According to Der Spiegel, the NSA's TAO group is able to divert shipping deliveries to its own "secret workshops" in a method called interdiction, where agents load malware onto the electronics or install malicious hardware that can give US intelligence agencies remote access.
After many years of using traditional desktop environments like Gnome 2 and KDE and XFCE, I recently spent a few months with Ubuntu 13.04. Overall, my experience with the Unity desktop was fairly positive after I tweaked and configured it to my liking. Since then, I’m using a different non-Ubuntu based distribution, so I’m currently using Mate 1.6. Probably the feature that I most miss from Unity is the launcher. Frankly, I’m surprised that the Unity launcher was so useful and intuitive for me, since I have never been particularly fond of keyboard navigation. Although I still don’t use the keyboard much for window management or within the applications, now that I’m back on Mate I find myself really missing the convenience of searching and launching both apps and files from one unified interface with just a few keywords. With the online results all disabled, Unity’s launcher learns from the user’s habits and quickly becomes uncannily accurate at suggesting relevant local files and applications based on a few letters of input. It really did significantly add to my productivity. The only problem is that the Unity desktop environment, apart from its launcher, is not what everyone wants in a desktop. Additionally, despite a few efforts to port it to other distributions with varying degrees of success, Unity continues to be an option almost exclusively for Ubuntu based systems. So, what other options are available for users who want a launcher like Unity’s, but in a different desktop environment and/or distribution? That’s what I set to find out.
Foundation president Richard Stallman tried to get Stratfor hacker Jeremy Hammond’s judge to only hand down a community service sentence. Hammond, instead, received 10 years in jail today.
Stallman provided VentureBeat with his letter in full, which you can find below.
Dice this week released new data showing that more than half of new tech jobs created in 2013 year-to-date have been filled by women.
We're encouraged to see this trend and believe it will continue. The Linux Foundation is doing what it can to encourage women to contribute to and advance Linux. Our participation in this year's Outreach Program for Women resulted in a variety of important contributions to the Linux kernel by the interns. These interns were also invited to speak at LinuxCon North America and LinuxCon Europe about their experiences. I talked to a variety of attendees who enjoyed the interns' session and learned a lot about getting started in Linux.
Summary: Recent changes and plans for the future
To longtime readers of Tux Machines there will be no substantial change.
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- KDE and Canonical Conflict over Mir Finally Bursts into the Open
- Major KDE Developer Says Goodbye to Ubuntu
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- Outreach Program for Women Seeks New Linux Kernel Interns
- Upgrading on a budget: Running Linux on a refurbished laptop and docking station
- Ode to Project Ara
- Red Hat Fedora 20 Linux: New Networking, ARM Features
- Make sense of a lot of messy text with TreeLine
- Hinkle: Linux Can Change the World Beyond Technology
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- GNOME Settings Daemon 3.10.1 Fixes Memory Leaks
- PCLinuxOS KDE MiniMe and LXDE 2013.10 Review
- US Navy’s most advanced warship is powered by Linux
- Happy Birthday, Ubuntu 4.10
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Opens For Development
- Debian 6.0.8 Officially Released
- In Depth Look at Linux’s Archiving and Compression Commands
- Writing a GNOME thumbnailer
- Believe in openSUSE
- Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine is coming to Linux with new content
- openSUSE Summit Schedule Ready
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- Installing and Configuring CentOS
- Dark Matter brings survival horror to PC, Mac and Linux
- Windows 8.1, Linux, Android, and "The Next Big Thing"
- Why system76 always ships the newest ubuntu
- Rogue Legacy out now on Mac, Linux
- S06E34 – Gone With The Ubuntu
- Create custom Linux-based systems regardless of the hardware
- Fully Bugged Little Cells Unveiled
- Fedora Outreach Program for Women Internships
- Bacon: Reflections On Ubuntu 13.10
- SCALE is a first-person puzzler that has you re-sizing the world
- Open hardware and why it is revolutionary
- Microsoft Office fends off open source OpenOffice and LibreOffice
- October 18, 2013 Indie Game Bundle Update
- Ubuntu 13.10 Finally Released, Big Yawner
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- GRUB2 Editor 0.6.4 Is the Perfect Tool for Your GRUB Needs
- GNOME Control Center 3.10.1 Released with Multiple Improvements
- GNOME CAKE 3.10 - Fully Baked, No Bugs
- "New Installer" Details Have Been Published
- The Linux Setup - Tynan, SETT Developer
- Ubuntu races toward convergence
- Arma Tactics is now available on Steam
- SteamOS to have NVIDIA developer tools from day one
- Red Hat CEO Whitehurst talks about 'Team Jim'
- How the end of XP support helped France's gendarmes embrace Ubuntu
- AbiWord: The little word processor that could
- Open Source Pundits Sound Off on Surveillance