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Valve’s SteamOS to Dominate the Living Rooms

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The Chinese-made SteamOS is considered as the next major threat to the living-room gaming providers according to reports because it has more powerful specs and a cheaper price that will likely hit the world by storm.

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Government transformation and demand for Linux expertise

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IT is changing organizations across the globe, impacting enterprises, governments and the wider public sector. Open source in particular is a driver in innovation, giving organizations a competitive edge and an ability to scale and adapt to changing market demands.

According to the 2014 Linux Jobs Report, demand for Linux expertise continues to grow, with hiring managers across a number of industries citing Linux talents as one of the top recruitment priorities this year.

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Linux 3.18-rc2

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Another week, another rc - and now the merge window is *definitely* closed.

I had hoped that the rc1 release would mean that a few stragglers
would quickly surface, and then the rest of the rc would be more
normal. But no, I had straggling merge-window pull requests come in
all week, and rc2 is bigger than I'd like.

Oh well. It's not like I'm hugely surprised, but it does mean that I'm
probably going to be unpleasant next week to anybody who tries to get
me to pull things that I think looks like "development" rather than
"fixes". You've been warned. I effectively gave you a full three
weeks of merge window, now it's time for bugfixes, and not random
other noise. Ok?

And to be honest, we've had bigger rc2's in history. Not recently,
though. Both 3.3 and 3.4 had big -rc2 releases, and 3.15 (which was
the largest release ever, iirc) came reasonably close.

At least _part_ of the size is the very long-delayed overlayfs merge
that I already mentioned in the rc1 release message as being pending.
Let's see how much fallout that all causes, but it's been around for a
long time (partly because it needed various vfs-layer things to
integrate cleanly), and I think it's in good shape. Knock wood.

So at least partially as a result of that overlayfs merge, about a
third of the patch is filesystems. It's not _just_ overlayfs, though,
there was a late ext4 merge request that I think is actually bigger,
at least partly due to some extent handling refactoring.

The rest is the more usual driver updates (thermal, watchdog, scsi
target, ACPI & PM, misc other updates) and architecture updates (arc,
arm, powerpc, mips, x86). Some Documentation and include file updates
rounds out the rest.

Shortlog appended for details, I think it's still well within the
mailing list size constraints.


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What makes Linux so good?

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With Linux, everybody has access to the source code and everyone has the ability to join in and get involved and this means that through collaboration the software evolves at a faster pace and the end product is usually of a very high standard.

Linux isn't just for programmers though. Linux is for everyone. Most people couldn't care less what is under the hood in the same way that many people drive their cars without being able to tell a spark plug from a dipstick.

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Handy Disk Image Tools

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Disk images are computer files of a disk volume or an entire data storage device, such as a hard drive, optical disk (e.g. DVD, CD, Blu-ray), tape drive, USB flash drive, or floppy disk. A disk image represents the content exactly as it is on the original storage device, including both data and structure information.

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The Unbundling Of That Other OS At Lenovo

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For years, I’ve been annoyed that Lenovo supports GNU/Linux on all its PCs and will ship GNU/Linux for those who demand it but did not advertise GNU/Linux units side by side with units burdened with that other OS.

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OverlayFS Finally Offered For Pulling Into Linux 3.18

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When Linux 3.18-rc1 was released last week, one week sooner than anticipated, Linus Torvalds mentioned he was willing to still allow OverlayFS to be merged this cycle. One week later, that code is hopefully now ready for merging.

While Linux 3.18-rc2 is expected for release later today, last night Al Viro sent in a new VFS pull request that finally has OverlayFS ready for landing. OverlayFS has been aiming for Linux 3.18 and it's finally moving ahead while already having a lot of users even though it's not been part of the mainline kernel tree. OverlayFS is a simple union file-system already used by some live DVD/USB Linux distributions like Mageia and OpenWRT. OverlayFS has been trying for years to get mainlined in the Linux kernel but not all kernel developers have been happy with it -- some objecting it's incomplete, not happy with the design, etc.

With this pull request hopefully it will be honored by Torvalds today and let OverlayFS make it into Linux 3.18 this late. Anyhow, there's already a lot of other great features to Linux 3.18.

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Pi2D2 interview

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It was a pretty long project. I didn’t work on it full time, obviously, but I probably worked on it over a period of six months, and most of the time was writing the software. A lot of the software was written in Python – like the controls for the webcam, the soundboard and everything – so most of the time was getting the software running and getting the kinks worked out. Like where if it loses a Wi-Fi connection it tries to rejoin and things like that. So, yeah, I definitely want to revisit it, and obviously the second time round you can do it a lot better than you did the first, so I’d like to go back.

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[Video] Hands-on with the Samsung Gear S at the Tizen Developer Summit in shanghai 2014

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Navigating around the display is a breeze with swiping down from the clock face bringing down quick controls for volume, screen brightness and also the do not disturb setting. Swiping left brings you the user selectable and also installable widgets. This means that you can have the app widgets that matter to you most within striking distance. Swiping right from the clock face brings you to you notifications, where you are easily able to select notifications from different applications such as SMS, Whatsapp, email etc.

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GParted Live 0.20.0-2 Stable Release

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This live image contains GParted 0.20.0 which improves resizing for multi-device btrfs file systems. Also included is a patched version of parted 3.2 that fixes a crash that would occur when resizing fat16 file systems.

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    The Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran's nuclear program almost a decade ago was a watershed piece of malware for a variety of reasons. Chief among them, its use of cryptographic certificates belonging to legitimate companies to falsely vouch for the trustworthiness of the malware. Last year, we learned that fraudulently signed malware was more widespread than previously believed. On Thursday, researchers unveiled one possible reason: underground services that since 2011 have sold counterfeit signing credentials that are unique to each buyer.

  • How did OurMine hackers use DNS poisoning to attack WikiLeaks? [Ed: False. They did not attack Wikileaks; they attacked the DNS servers/framework. The corporate media misreported this at the time.
    The OurMine hacking group recently used DNS poisoning to attack WikiLeaks and take over its web address. Learn how this attack was performed from expert Nick Lewis.
  • Intel didn't give government advance notice on chip flaws

    Google researchers informed Intel of flaws in its chips in June. The company explained in its own letter to lawmakers that it left up to Intel informing the government of the flaws.

    Intel said that it did not notify the government at the time because it had “no indication of any exploitation by malicious actors,” and wanted to keep knowledge of the breach limited while it and other companies worked to patch the issue.

    The company let some Chinese technology companies know about the vulnerabilities, which government officials fear may mean the information was passed along to the Chinese government, according to The Wall Street Journal.

  • Intel hid CPU bugs info from govt 'until public disclosure'

    As iTWire reported recently, Intel faces a total of 33 lawsuits over the two flaws. Additionally, the Boston law firm of Block & Leviton is preparing a class action lawsuit against Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich for allegedly selling a vast majority of his Intel stock after the company was notified of the two security flaws and before they became public.

  • Intel did not tell U.S. cyber officials about chip flaws until made public [iophk: "yeah right"]

    Current and former U.S. government officials have raised concerns that the government was not informed of the flaws before they became public because the flaws potentially held national security implications. Intel said it did not think the flaws needed to be shared with U.S. authorities as hackers [sic] had not exploited the vulnerabilities.

  • LA Times serving cryptocurrency mining script [iophk: "JS"]

    The S3 bucket used by the LA Times is apparently world-writable and an ethical hacker [sic] appears to have left a warning in the repository, warning of possible misuse and asking the owner to secure the bucket.

  • Facebook's Mandatory Malware Scan Is an Intrusive Mess

    When an Oregon science fiction writer named Charity tried to log onto Facebook on February 11, she found herself completely locked out of her account. A message appeared saying she needed to download Facebook’s malware scanner if she wanted to get back in. Charity couldn’t use Facebook until she completed the scan, but the file the company provided was for a Windows device—Charity uses a Mac.

  • Tinder plugs flaw that enabled account takeover using just a phone number

    As Tinder uses Facebook profile pics for its users to lure in a mate or several, the 'dating' app is somewhat tied to the social network. When a swipe-hungry Tinder user comes to login to their account they can either do so via Facebook or use their mobile number.

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Android Leftovers

Report from Debian SnowCamp and a Look at Solyd XK, a Debian-Based Distribution

  • Report from Debian SnowCamp: day 1
  • Report from Debian SnowCamp: day 2
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  • Installing Solyd XK, a Debian based Linux distribution : Cooking With Linux
    It's time for some more "Cooking With Linux" without a net, meaning the video you are about to watch was recorded live. Today, I'm going to install a new Linux distribution (new to me, anyhow) called Solyd XK.