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The End of Adobe Flash?

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  • Hacking Team claims terrorists can now use its tools
  • Hacking Team: government-sponsored cyberattack company likely hacked by another country, it claims

    An elite cyberattack group that was employed by governments and agencies was probably hacked by another country, it has said — and the attack has led to its powerful hacking tools being released into the wild.

    Hacking Team was hacked last week, revealing private emails and documents as well as insights into its tools. The leaked documents showed many of the vulnerabilities that were being used by the group — such as a bug in Adobe Flash that can be exploited to get complete control of a computer — which has meant that anyone can counteract them as well as use them for their own ends.

  • Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals
  • Adobe to Patch Two More Zero-Day Flaws in Flash
  • Mozilla blocks Flash as Facebook security chief calls for its death

    After yesterday's news that Facebook's new chief security officer wants to set a date to kill Flash once and for all, the latest version Mozilla's Firefox browser now blocks Adobe's vulnerability-riddled software as standard. Mark Schmidt, the head of the Firefox support team at Mozilla, tweeted that all versions of Flash Player are blocked in the browser as of its latest update, accompanying the news with an image showing a raised fist and the phrase "Occupy Flash."

  • Can we kill Adobe Flash?

    Yesterday the usual tech news outlets were buzzing over an accidental tweet which the media incorrectly interpreted as Mozilla was ditching flash (Blame The Verge for the chain reaction of copied news articles) entirely as a policy. While that is not the case, I was just as excited as many at the faux-news. This got me thinking: what would it really take for the web to kill Adobe Flash? Could Mozilla really make such a move and kill Flash on its own if it wanted to?

  • No Flash 0.5 - still fighting the legacy

    Last week I released No Flash 0.5, my addon for Firefox to fix the legacy of video embedding done with Flash. If you are like me and don't have Flash installed, sometime you encounter embedded video that don't work. No Flash will fix some by replacing the Flash object with a HTML5 video. This is done using the proper video embedding for HTML5.

  • Facebook's New Security Chief Calls On Adobe To Kill Flash

    This message comes after it was revealed that the recently hacked "Hacking Team" was using Flash zero-day vulnerabilities to hack journalists, activists, governments and more. Alex Stamos, like other security experts, must have also gotten tired of hearing about so many security vulnerabilities that Flash has had during its entire lifetime.

  • How to disable Flash Player: Why now's a better time than ever

    Now more than ever, leaving Adobe Flash Player on your system is looking like a dubious proposition.

    While Flash has long been a popular vector for malware, last week’s security breach of surveillance software firm Hacking Team underscored just how vulnerable Flash can be. Hacking Team was relying on at least three unpatched Flash exploits, which cybercriminals immediately adapted for their own nefarious uses. Adobe is scrambling to patch the exploits, but at least one remains unfixed as of this writing.

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Wine Staging:Release 1.7.47

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The main feature of this new release is the improved vcomp.dll support. The Visual C++ compiler uses this dll to create and manage threads when using OpenMP. Unlike the name might suggest, the internal details of the Microsoft implementation are undocumented. Before this release Wine Staging already contained the single-threaded fallback implementation by Dan Kegel, which was replaced with a new implementation including proper multi-threading support. For many applications that depend on OpenMP support through vcomp.dll it is no longer necessary to install native libraries. Various additional functions are planned to be implemented until the next release.

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Wine 1.7.47 Release with Direct2D Improvements and More Gaming Fixes

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Wine developers have just revealed that a new version of the application has been released, and it comes with a large number of fixes and various other improvements.

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VirtualBox 5.0

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  • Sbackup: A Simple Backup Solution For Linux Desktop

    Sbackup, Simple Backup, is an Open Source, easy to use backup solution intended for desktop use. It can backup any subset of files and folders. All configuration is accessible via Gnome interface. File and paths can be included and excluded directly or by regex, It supports local and as well as remote backups. Though it looks simple in use and configuration, it has many features like an advanced backup utility.

  • SmartSynchronize 3.4.3 Brings A Lot Of Fixes And Changes
  • Sysdig 0.1.101 (strace + tcpdump + lsof Exploration Tool) Has Been Released
  • Sylpheed 3.5.0 Beta 3 Brings Fixes Only
  • PyCharm 4.5.2 Brings Interesting New Features
  • OpenLDAP Gains Time-Based One Time Password Support

    There's been various one-time password features in the works for OpenLDAP -- the popular open-source implementation of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol -- in various code-bases while now within their mainline Git tree they have time-based one-time password (TOTP) support.

  • INN 2.6.0 release candidate

    In more INN-related news (and catching up on my substantial backlog), a second release candidate for the INN 2.6.0 release is now available. (The first one was only circulated on the inn-workers mailing list.)

  • INN 2.5.5

    This is the first new release of INN in about a year, and hopefully the last in the 2.5.x series. A beta release of INN 2.6.0 will be announced shortly (probably tomorrow).

  • ownCloud 8.1 – Raising the Bar on Security and Performance
  • OwnCloud 8.1 Focuses On Greater Performance & Scalability

    Today's release of ownCloud 8.1 focuses on greater scalability and performance of file operations and syncing. There are also security improvements, integrated documentation links, admin improvements, and other mostly minor improvements throughout this open-source file hosting cloud stack.

  • ownCloud 8.1 arrives with end user and admin improvements

    ownCloud has made it’s 8.1 release available. This release contains significant under the hood improvements, increasing scalability and performance of syncing and file operations while making ownCloud a better platform for developers to build upon.

  • ISL Light 4 Remote Support Software Brings Turbo Desktop Sharing to Linux

    ISL Online, a pioneer in the secure remote desktop industry, has released ISL Light 4.0.3, which expands the support to Linux platform and completes the series of releases of the fourth generation of state-of-the-art remote support software.

  • Why Are People Still Waiting for Proprietary Linux Apps?

    You often hear that Linux will only become mainstream when more proprietary software is ported to Linux. Like the two characters waiting for Godot, thousands of people are apparently waiting for the day Microsoft Office or Photoshop releases a Linux version and demolishes its free-licensed rivals. Against all reason, the expectation persists.

    The truth is, proprietary ports are unlikely to happen. Commercial software developers have never figured out how to profit from Linux ports. Meanwhile, in their hesitation, countless free software equivalents have matured into serious competition, providing another reason the commercial shops to avoid the market. The only exceptions are high-end products like Maya, which can be written off as a business expense.

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Audio-Video Production On Linux: Best Software

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Over the years, I've heard both Windows users and Linux enthusiasts make the claim that professional media production on Linux is impossible. While there may be some workflows so over-engineered that legacy software is a must, I firmly believe that, with effort, using Linux for media production is doable.

In this article, I'll share application titles that can help make media production with Linux possible. The key thing to remember is that in order to be successful you will have to put forth some effort. Because some of the applications are quite complicated and require an education all their own.

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The Ubuntu MATE project does something very admirable each month. Its makers contribute financially to other open source projects that are being used in the operating system, and that is something that doesn't happen all the often in the FOSS universe. Read more

Wine 1.7 Series Turn Two Years Old, No Sign Of Wine 1.8

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  • gtkmm now uses C++11
    All the *mm projects now require C++11. Current versions of g++ require you to use the –std=c++11 option for this, but the next version will probably use C++11 by default. We might have done this sooner if it had been clearer that g++ (and libstdc++) really really supported C++11 fully.
  • Pixman Baking ARMv6, PowerPC 64 Improvements
    Pixman 0.33.2 RC has many new ARMv6 optimizations, bug fixes for PowerPC 64-bit, and various other fixes and enhancements to the MMX code.
  • Obnam 1.13 released (backup software)
    I have just released version 1.13 of Obnam, my backup program. See the website at http://obnam.org for details on what it does. The new version is available from git (see http://git.liw.fi) and as Debian packages from http://code.liw.fi/debian, and uploaded to Debian, and soon in unstable.
  • MusicTube Review - Use YouTube as Your Source of Music
    MusicTube is a very interesting music player designed for multiple platforms using YouTube as the music source. It's not made for locally hosted music, and you can't add other online sources, but YouTube is a huge resource.