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Learn How to Contribute to the Linux Kernel, Take the Eudyptula Challenge

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Development
Linux

If you want to contribute to the Linux kernel but aren't sure where to start, the Eudyptula Challenge could be a great way to test your programming skills and learn how to participate in the kernel community.

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Deepin 2014 Alpha Linux Distro Will Blow You Away – Gallery

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Linux
Ubuntu

“Deepin is a Linux Distribution which devoted to provide elegant user interface and secure environment for global users. The Deepin Team has made a series of custom made software like the Deepin Desktop Environment, the Deepin Music Player, the Deepin Media Player, the Deepin Software Center based on the HTML5 standard & technology.”

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Google’s Project ARA Modular Phone Looks Really Amazing

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Android
Linux

Google intends to get a modular phone ready for just $50, in early 2015. The default phone will only have support for wifi and will be available in three sizes: small, medium and large. If you want to have the features of a normal phone, you will be needing to buy different modules for conectivity, camera, touchscreen and others. The modules will be attached via magnets, to be easy to replace modules, without having to restart the phone.

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The US Air Force Wants to Keep You Secure with Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) 1.5.1 Distro

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OS
Linux

Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) 1.5.1, a thin Linux operating system that creates a secure end node from trusted media on almost any Intel-based computer (PC or Mac), has been released and is now available for download.

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Early Linux 3.15 Benchmarks Of Intel Core i7 + Radeon

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

While a lot of exciting changes have been introduced, for the test system I used for this initial benchmarking (an Intel Core i7 4770K "Haswell" with AMD Radeon graphics), the results weren't too interesting thus resulting just in this brief one-page article. In this initial benchmarking on the same hardware I compared the Linux performance of the 3.12, 3.13, 3.14, and 3.15-rc1 kernels for representing the latest-generation Intel CPU paired with a Radeon R9 270X graphics card on its open-source driver.

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Rugged Android fleet computer offers 3G, GPS, CANbus

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Android
Linux

Micronet announced a rugged touchscreen fleet computer that runs Android 4.x on a TI Sitara AM3715 SoC, and features optional GSM 3.5G, GPS, and CANbus.

Micronet’s A-317 fleet computer updates the A-307 device that shipped last August. Both of these software-compatible devices are low-end complements to the long-haul oriented CE500 series fleet computers, says Micronet, a subsidiary of Micronet Enertec Technologies (MICT). The devices support fleet management and mobile resource management (MRM) applications, says Micronet.

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Linux module controls micro-helicopters

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Linux
Hardware

Gumstix announced an “AeroCore” MAV (micro air vehicle) controller board that runs NuttX on a Cortex-M4 MCU, plus Linux on a Cortex-A9-based DuoVero COM.

The AeroCore MAV control board is principally run by a separately available Yocto Linux-based DuoVero Zephyr or DuoVero Crystal computer-on-module (COM) that plugs into the board. The AeroCore itself includes an ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller unit (MCU), which is said to be directly interfaced with the DuoVero. The device is intended for developers of micro air vehicles such as tiny helicopters or quadrocopter drones.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 release candidate arrives

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Linux
Red Hat

The good news is that Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 is almost here. That's also the bad news. I'd really expected to see the shipping version of RHEL 7, the best-selling enterprise Linux distribution of all, at the company's annual Red Hat Summit meeting this week in San Francisco. Alas, it was not to be.

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Android (Linux) is creating more jobs than iPhone

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Android
Linux

A new analysis for online jobs done by Freelancer reveals that the number of jobs for Android developers is growing at a faster rate than the number of iPhone developers. According to the report, In Q2 of 2013, the number of Android jobs (7,073 jobs) overtook iPhone (6,989 jobs) for the first time; now in Q1 2014, Android is continuing its reign with a 33.9% increase to 11,141 jobs versus iPhone’s 32.0% to 10,207 jobs. In Q1 2014, over 270,000 jobs were analyzed by Freelancer to provide a snapshot of the global business ecosystem.

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Linux is about to take over the desktop but not like you think it will

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GNU
Linux

For years I've heard that year X is the year of the Linux desktop and I've always scoffed at it. I scoffed because it's ridiculous to think that Linux or Mac OS X or anything could supplant Windows on the desktop. That is until now. And don't get me wrong, it won't happen for at least another year in businesses but for personal computing and BYOD, it's already happening. The Linux that's taking over the desktop is called the Chrome OS and it will happen on the Chromebook device.

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    A vulnerability in Samba, the standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix, can be exploited remotely to gain access to Linux machines that have port 445 exposed.

  • UK cyber chief says directors are devolving responsibility for hacks {sic} [iophk: "a step towards banning Microsoft, yet the article closes with Microsoft talking points"]

    Ciaran Martin, the head of the agency's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), said it is unacceptable for boards to plead ignorance about the threat from cyber attacks.

  • Ransomware and the Internet of Things

    But it is a system that's going to fail in the "Internet of things": everyday devices like smart speakers, household appliances, toys, lighting systems, even cars, that are connected to the web. Many of the embedded networked systems in these devices that will pervade our lives don't have engineering teams on hand to write patches and may well last far longer than the companies that are supposed to keep the software safe from criminals. Some of them don't even have the ability to be patched.

    Fast forward five to 10 years, and the world is going to be filled with literally tens of billions of devices that hackers can attack. We're going to see ransomware against our cars. Our digital video recorders and web cameras will be taken over by botnets. The data that these devices collect about us will be stolen and used to commit fraud. And we're not going to be able to secure these devices.

  • Kodi 17.3 Security Update Patches Infamous Subtitle Hack, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Crash
    The second stable point release of the major Kodi 17 "Krypton" open-source and cross-platform media center was launched the other day, on May 24, 2017, but it was missing some binary add-ons, so Martijn Kaijser announced today Kodi 17.3.
  • Samba vulnerability brings WannaCry fears to Linux/Unix