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Linux chief: ‘Open source is safer, and Linux is more secure than any other OS’ (exclusive)

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The realization of years of promise in software defined networking will be one of THE major stories of 2014. People don’t appreciate how big software defined networking and network function virtualization will become. Think about it. Billions of dollars are spent on hardware based switches, routers, load balancers, firewalls, etc; this is all being abstracted into software. More importantly it is being abstracted via open source software in the sweet spot for OSS which is at this infrastructure layer. I think you’ll see projects like OpenDaylight and others have a big breakout year in 2014.

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People’s Voice in the Linux Foundation

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The Linux Foundation is a good organisation, but if it becomes increasingly dependent on funding from companies with weak/no ethics, then we have a real problem in our hands.

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The People Who Support Linux: A Desktop Lover and Photo Editor

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Over the years, Lance Spaulding has worked with a medical company, a non-profit foundation, a credit card company, a start-up, a small e-commerce business, and now a large defense contractor. But at least one thing hasn't changed in that time: he's a devoted Linux desktop user and tinkerer.

Improv Modular Linux Mer Development Platform Unveiled

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If you enjoy creating your own electronic projects you might be interested in a new modular development platform called the Improv which is a modular engineering kit that comes with a CPU card and a separate feature card to connect it to.

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Giving profits back: where and how

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Our plan to give 50% of our profits back to the community has got a lot of people talking. Everyone likes the idea, but some people are wondering how it’s going to work. It’s important to note that this plan isn’t just a short term gimmick — no, it’s a crucial part of what Linux Voice will be about over the years. A thriving Linux and Free Software community is good for all of us!

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Linux the Easy Way - Watching 100 Videos

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The Linux Foundation launched the 100 Linux Video Tutorials campaign last January and today an update was posted. According to Jennifer Cloer nearly 100 videos have been submitted but she said, " We need your help to reach 100 Linux video tutorials in January." The collection boasts 83 submissions so far.

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Symantec Reveals that Cybercriminals Employ New Linux Trojan to Embezzle Data

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Security researchers of well-known security firm 'Symantec' have identified a cyber-criminal operation which relies on a new-fangled Linux backdoor, nicknamed Linux.Fokirtor, to embezzle data without being discovered.

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Honor Thy Tux: Linux Membership Drive Is for the Birds

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In honor of the open-source operating system’s longtime penguin mascot, the Linux Foundation is taking a conservation-friendly approach to its latest membership drive.

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Lightworks 11.1.1 for Windows and 11.5 beta for Linux, First Take: Open-source video editing

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Lightworks is currently only available as a full release for Windows, but EditShare has always planned both Linux and Mac OS X versions. Betas of Lightworks 11.5 have just been made available for Linux and Windows, with Lightworks 12 scheduled for release early next year.

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Amherst's Jon 'Maddog' Hall is still leading the Linux legions, from do-it-yourselfers to supercomputers

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"Companies spend billions on operating systems, and time making them more efficient, and they don't even get a mention!" he groused to me while waiting for his special hot sauce to be delivered from a secret spot behind the counter. It's kept there so nobody accidentally gets their palate obliterated (I declined to try it).

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At Long Last, Linux Gets Dynamic Tracing

When the Linux kernel version 4.9 will be released next week, it will come with the last pieces needed to offer to some long-awaited dynamic thread-tracing capabilities. As the keepers of monitoring and debugging software start using these new kernel calls, some of which have been added to the Linux kernel over the last two years, they will be able to offer much more nuanced, and easier to deploy, system performance tools, noted Brendan Gregg, a Netflix performance systems engineer and author of DTrace Tools, in a presentation at the USENIX LISA 2016 conference, taking place this week in Boston. Read more