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Why the media loves to exaggerate Linux security problems

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GNU
Linux
Security

There have been a lot of media reports about Linux security problems recently. ZDNet has taken a stand and pointed out that the problem isn't with Linux, the problem is with certain Linux users and administrators. I'd also argue that the problem is also with certain media outlets who jump on the "linux security stinks!" bandwagon at the earliest opportunity.

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Opening up Linux: Is the OS becoming ripe for game development?

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GNU
Linux
Gaming

Develop investigates how recent changes and support from gaming's biggest companies is making Linux a viable option for developers

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Also new: Witcher 2 available for download for Linux users

ATM operators eye Linux as alternative to Windows XP

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

Some financial services companies are looking to migrate their ATM fleets from Windows to Linux in a bid to have better control over hardware and software upgrade cycles.

Pushing them in that direction apparently is Microsoft's decision to end support for Windows XP on April 8, said David Tente, executive director, USA, of the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA).

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NVIDIA, Intel, and AMD Join Forces to Improve OpenGL Performance Up to 15 Times

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

NVIDIA, Intel, and AMD are not always rivals and they proved that by organizing a joint panel at the Game Developer Conference 2014 in San Francisco to explain to developers how they can unlock the amazing potential of OpenGL.

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Linux Mint 17 to Be Called “Qiana,” Release Date Announced

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GNU
Linux

Clement Lefebvre, the creator of the Linux Mint distribution, has just announced that the next version of the Mint operating system will be called “Qiana” and it should be available by the end of May 2014.

Linux Mint is one of the most popular Linux distributions out there and it's only superseded by Ubuntu. Actually, Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu and makes use of its repositories, but that may not happen for very long anymore.

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Trojita 0.4.1, a security update for CVE-2014-2567 / Announcing Geary 0.6.0

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GNU
KDE
Linux
GNOME

An SSL stripping vulnerability was discovered in Trojitá, a fast Qt IMAP e-mail client. User's credentials are never leaked, but if a user tries to send an e-mail, the automatic saving into the "sent" or "draft" folders could happen over a plaintext connection even if the user's preferences specify STARTTLS as a requirement.

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On the GNOME side:

We at Yorba are pleased to announce the release of Geary 0.6.0, a new stable version of our IMAP mail client. Much has changed since our last stable release.

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BBQLinux and OS for Android developers and Arch enthusiasts

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OS
Android
Linux

BBQLinux is an user-friendly Linux distribution made for Android Developers and for enthusiasts who want to test a bit of Arch Linux. It has everything on board to build AOSP or AOSP-based Distributions like OmniROM or CyanogenMod. It’s based on Arch Linux and uses Rolling Release system. BBQLinux uses Arch repositories so its a direct Arch derivative, for example Manjaro is based on Arch but uses their own repositories.

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"Cryogenic" Linux Kernel Drops Power Use

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Linux

Alejandra Morales announced the Cryogenic Linux kernel module on the LKML today. Cryogenic aims to reduce system power consumption by "enabling cooperative clustering of I/O operations among the various applications that make use of the same hardware device. In order to achieve this target, Cryogenic provides an API that enables applications to schedule I/O operations on SCSI and network devices at times where the impact the operations have on energy consumption is small."

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Linux and botnets: It's not Linux's fault!

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Linux

With Darlloz, which tends to attack devices such as small office/home office (SOHO) Internet routers, it's one way of infection is to try 13 combinations of the default user names and passwords on a device. If the gadget's owner has done the bare minimal of security: Change the blasted default user ID and/or password, they can't be infected. That's it!

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Rackspace Launches Linux for Ladies Training Program

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GNU
Linux
Server

At the Women in Tech Networking event at South by Southwest Interactive last week, Rackspace Hosting launched its new training program, Linux for Ladies, aimed at helping women get top jobs in the IT industry.

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