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Linux and open source are the future

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OSS

To me, open source is the future of computing and of jobs. Programming, especially on the web, is in high demand. So, we must make sure that our youth are on the path to intersect with these jobs. Several years ago, Brazil adopted open source for use with their 50 million K-12 students, and I sometimes wonder if the United States will be playing catch-up to get students into open source.

One of my dreams is to help unite open source enthusiasts in the Washington D.C. area. There's so much we can learn from each other, and the time to start is now.

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Tails 2.0 is out

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GNU
Linux
Debian

We are especially proud to present you Tails 2.0, the first version of Tails based on:

GNOME Shell, with lots of changes in the desktop environment.
Debian 8 (Jessie), which upgrades most included software and improves many things under the hood.

This release fixes many security issues and users should upgrade as soon as possible.

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Fast Times With Nelum OS

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OS
Linux
Reviews

Nelum OS is a light and fast live-installable Linux distribution family offering three separate releases.

"Nelum" means "lotus" in Sinhalese, the language of Sri Lanka, according to developer Ostro Leka.

The distro is a brand-new entry to the land of Linux, with its initial release posted earlier this month. It is an unusual twist on what you usually see with a Linux release.

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BackBox Linux 4.5 Security-Oriented OS Comes Preinstalled with New Hacking Tools

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GNU
Linux
Security

The developers of the BackBox Linux operating system have announced the release and immediate availability for download of the BackBox Linux 4.5 release, which promises to bring a new kernel and lots of updated packages.

According to the release notes, BackBox Linux 4.5 comes preinstalled with Linux kernel 4.2 and adds various new and special tools, such as Automotive Analysis and OpenVAS, which promise to make a big difference when talking about the overall performance of the system.

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Also: Are There Open Source Vulnerability Assessment Options?

Managing Security Vulnerabilities and Risks

Linux Kernel 3.10.95 LTS Updates USB Drivers, Improves the Networking Stack

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Renowned kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of the ninty-fifth maintenance build for the long-term supported Linux 3.10 kernel series, urging all users to update as soon as possible.

The announcement for Linux kernel 3.10.95 LTS comes right after Mr. Greg Kroah-Hartman informed us about the general availability of the Linux kernel 4.3.4, Linux kernel 4.1.16 LTS, and Linux kernel 3.14.59 LTS versions, and just by looking at the appended shortlog we can notice that it's a small update with only 46 files changed consisting of 336 insertions and 92 deletions.

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Linux Devices

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  • ARM-based “Colibri” COMs hatch a hardware ecosystem

    Toradex launched a partner program aimed at supporting its Linux-ready, ARM based “Colibri” COMs with carrier boards, displays, enclosures, and more.

    Toradex has structured a new third party hardware partner ecosystem for its Linux-ready Colibri family of ARM-based computer-on-modules. The Swiss embedded vendor is also actively recruiting partners to make third-party, general purpose and application specific carrier boards for Colibri COMs.

  • Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

    We chatted for a while and it became apparent that they had been holding themselves back from actually making something because they were afraid the result would be wrong. I went to my box and retrieved the failures from my most recent case design for a Raspberry Pi model B to put alongside the successful end product to try and encourage them.

  • A Cheap WiFi Memory Card Reader Hacked To Run OpenWRT

    The ZSun WiFi Memory Card Reader isn't intended for running OpenWRT, but has been modified to do so. There is this detailed Wiki page explaining how to adapt this cheap WiFI SD card reader into running OpenWRT for WiFi networking purposes, possible use-cases around IoT, play around with mesh networking, or really any other interesting scenarios along those lines. The Zsun device is powered by an AR9331 SoC with 64MB of RAM and 16MB of flash storage.

Desktop Leftovers

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GNU
Linux
  • The U.S. Government and Open Standards: A Tale of Personal Woe

    That was a little annoying for me because I didn't have Acrobat -- which Adobe no longer offers for Linux -- on my Ubuntu Linux computer. Fortunately, I was able to download an older version of Acrobat and install it on Ubuntu easily enough. With that in place, I could fill out the document.

  • Free

    It's been an interesting few months, getting used to this whole advertising-among-the-stories thing. But in the end, I have come to realize that everything being free might be good, but there are times when all of that free stuff can bring an end to things we've come to count on. It was mentioned to me just a day ago, that if a news website like FOSS Force goes under, then there are a lot more to fill that space. I asked him what sites he was speaking of and he pointed out two of the biggest, those being LXer and LinuxToday.com. I then asked him just where he thought those two website got their news. He's probably standing just where I left him. The same deer-in-the-headlights look. Like I had explained quantum mechanics to him.

  • Why Linux is still better than Windows 10

    Microsoft's release of Windows 10 has added a new wrinkle to the eternal "Windows versus Linux" discussions online. And recently a Linux redditor took the time to install Windows 10 and do some exploring. While he found Windows 10 to be a prettier version of Windows, it wasn't long before he realized that Linux still beats Windows as a desktop operating system.

OpenAMP heterogeneous multicore standard targets Linux

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The MCA announced its Open Asymmetric Multi Processing Framework (OpenAMP) for Linux multicore development, with support from Mentor Graphics and Xilinx.

The Multicore Association (MCA) formally unveiled its open source “Open Asymmetric Multi Processing Framework” (OpenAMP), and announced a working group to establish standardization of the multicore development framework. The working group will expand and document the specification for Linux, and collaborate with the OpenAMP open source community.

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Which Linux Is Secure? The Analysis Of Top Popular Distributions

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Linux
Security

So, can I be sure that web site of my lovely Linux Distribution is real and hackers doesn’t replace it with infected software? Can I get a backdoor in my operating system from installed updates? No, but only with these conditions:

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Linux on Servers

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Linux
Server
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