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  • Microsoft open-sources PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat... (includes OpenSSH) (tr)

    08/18/2016 9:09:01 AM PDT · by dayglored · 17 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | Tim Anderson
    Microsoft has published PowerShell, its scripting and automation platform, as open source under the permissive MIT licence, as well as porting it to Linux and Mac, with an alpha build now available on GitHub. PowerShell is built on Microsoft's .NET platform, and one of the enabling pieces here is .NET Core, the refactored fork of .NET which runs cross-platform. PowerShell "Core" has already turned up on Nano Server, the barebones edition of Windows Server 2016, and the newly announced release will run on .NET Core on Mac and Linux. The initial Linux support is for Ubuntu, CentOS and RedHat. "Others...
  • Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea (Secure Boot, tr)

    08/11/2016 8:04:39 AM PDT · by dayglored · 20 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 10, 2016 | Chris Williams
    Redmond races to revoke Secure Boot policy Microsoft leaked the golden keys that unlock Windows-powered tablets, phones and other devices sealed by Secure Boot – and is now scrambling to undo the blunder. These skeleton keys can be used to install non-Redmond operating systems on locked-down computers. In other words, on devices that do not allow you to disable Secure Boot even if you have administrator rights – such as ARM-based Windows RT tablets – it is now possible to sidestep this block and run, say, GNU/Linux or Android. What's more, it is believed it will be impossible for Microsoft...
  • Fun with the Windows Subsystem for Linux

    07/22/2016 12:13:55 PM PDT · by Scutter · 31 replies
    Windows Blog ^ | 7/22/2016 | Pete Brown
    At Build 2016, Microsoft introduced to the world the Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta) [WSL], which enables developers to run native Ubuntu user-mode console binaries through the Bash shell in Windows 10. If you’re in the Windows Insider program, you’ve had the opportunity to try out this feature using the latest Windows Anniversary Update Insider Builds.
  • Ubuntu user forums hack leaks millions of user details

    07/18/2016 6:41:00 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 5 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 18 2016 6:27AM | Juha Saarinen
    Canonical, the parent company of popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, has disclosed that its user web forums have suffered a major data breach. Over the weekend, Canonical said that it had come across claims that a third party had a copy of the Ubuntu Forums database. The company was able to verify that a breach had taken place, with a database containing details of two million Ubuntu Forums users being leaked. No "active passwords" were copied over, although the attacker downloaded the random, hashed and salted strings generated by Ubuntu Single Sign On that is used for Forum logins. Canonical shut...
  • Ubuntu Linux forums hacked!

    07/15/2016 6:57:53 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 24 replies
    BetaNews ^ | Published 10 hours ago (that's what it says!) | Brian Fagioli
    There is a common misconception that all things Linux are bulletproof. The fact is, no software is infallible. When news of a Linux vulnerability hits, some Windows and Mac fans like to taunt users of the open source kernel. Sure, it might be in good fun, but it can negatively impact the Linux community's reputation -- a blemish, if you will. Today, Canonical announces that the Ubuntu forums have been hacked. Keep in mind, this does not mean that the operating system has experienced a vulnerability or weakness. The only thing affected are the online forums that people use to...
  • Microsoft, Red Hat release open source programming protocol

    06/28/2016 9:41:17 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 17 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jun 28 2016 12:30PM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft has released a protocol that allows developers to easily add new programming language support for coding tools, in partnership with developer workspaces provider Codenvy and enterprise Linux distributor Red Hat. Whereas traditional coding tools tend to support a single programming language, the Microsoft-led protocol aims to make sure the tools can handle whichever language developers work in. The language server protocol lets developers code in different languages without having to switch editors or development environments. Microsoft engineer Erich Gamma said the protocol came into existence after the company intergrated OmniSharp for C# and TypeScript servvers for its Visual Studio...
  • Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD

    06/09/2016 5:38:38 AM PDT · by dayglored · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 9, 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    Redmond will support it inside Azure and send code back to the FreeBSD Foundation Microsoft has published its own distribution of FreeBSD 10.3 in order to make the OS available and supported in Azure. Jason Anderson, principal PM manager at Microsoft's Open Source Technology Center says Redmond “took on the work of building, testing, releasing and maintaining the image” so it could “ensure our customers have an enterprise SLA for their FreeBSD VMs running in Azure”. Microsoft did so “to remove that burden” from the FreeBSD Foundation, which relies on community contributions. Redmond is not keeping its work on FreeBSD...
  • PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

    06/11/2016 4:09:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 82 replies
    The Register ^ | 10 Jun 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    The abacus-shufflers of analyst firm IDC have revised their 2016 PC sales forecasts downwards. The firm now says PC shipments “... are forecast to decline by 7.3% year over year”. That's “roughly two per cent below earlier projections as conditions have been weaker than expected.” The firm names “weak currencies, depressed commodity prices, political uncertainty, and delayed projects” as the weaker conditions impacting sales. Windows 10 isn't helping matters either, because lots of people are availing themselves of free Windows 10 upgrades rather than buying a new PC. The firm also says that “while a large share of enterprises are...
  • Ubuntu 16.04 Brings More Privacy and Big Changes to the Desktop

    04/24/2016 6:12:54 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 23 replies
    The New American ^ | 24 April 2016 | C. Mitchell Shaw
    The release of Ubuntu 16.04 last week is good news for computer users who are upset over the recent development of Microsoft turning Windows into an operating system that is essentially spyware. As an open-source Linux distribution, Ubuntu is a great operating system for users concerned about privacy.This marks the 24th release of the Ubuntu operating system, which has become perhaps the most popular Linux distribution in the world. Ubuntu 16.04 — codenamed Xenial Xerus — is also the sixth Long Term Support (LTS) release, meaning it will receive free security updates and support for five years. Canonical — the...
  • Telstra buys multi-million-dollar stake in open source developer

    04/22/2016 8:02:49 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 9 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Apr 21 2016 10:39AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    ... Telstra has invested $10.3 million in San Francisco-based open source web developer Nginx, the telco revealed today. Telstra Ventures chief Mark Sherman said the decision to invest was driven by Nginx's increasing global popularity, and technology leadership in the web application delivery and deployment market. Telstra's websites run on Nginx currently. Nginx was developed by Kazakhstan-born, Russian developer Igor Sysoev, and can be used to serve web pages, and act as a reverse proxy and load balancer for sites. The server runs on the Unix, Linux, BSD, Apple OS X, Oracle Solaris, IBM AIX and Microsoft WIndows operating systems.
  • Xubuntu 16.04 released!

    04/21/2016 1:23:06 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 17 replies
    xubuntu.org ^ | 4/21/16 | marty
    The Xubuntu team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 16.04. Xubuntu 16.04 is an LTS (Long-Term Support) release and will be supported for 3 years. The final release images are available as Torrents and direct downloads from http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/ As the main server will be very busy in the first few days after release, we recommend using the Torrents wherever possible.
  • Choosing Linux Desktops: Customizers vs. Launchers

    04/07/2016 12:50:58 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 17 replies
    Datamation ^ | 5 April 2016 | Bruce Byfield
    Asked to recommend a Linux desktop, users respond in a number of ways. Many recommend their own preferences. Others suggest the desktop environment that they believe is closest in appearance and function to Windows or OS X.A while ago, though, I realized that the seven major Linux desktops can be ranked on a spectrum from the highly customizable to those that are little more than launchers for their applications.Starting with the customizers, my rankings along this spectrum are:7. KDE Ever see a Windows users' reactions to all the options on a Linux desktop? Well, KDE produces the same look of...
  • Linux is so grown up, it's ready for marriage with containers

    04/07/2016 10:46:02 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | 07 April 2016 | Liam Proven
    Linux is all grown up. It has nothing left to prove. There's never been a year of the Linux desktop and there probably never will be, but it runs on the majority of the world's servers. It never took over the desktop, it did an end-run around it: there are more Linux-based client devices accessing those servers than there are Windows boxes.Linux Foundation boss Jim Zemlin puts it this way: "It's in literally billions of devices. Linux is the native development platform for every SOC. Freescale, Qualcomm, Intel, MIPS: Linux is the immediate choice. It's the de facto platform. It's...
  • SCO Again Returns From Dead, Plans Appeal

    03/31/2016 7:34:40 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 27 replies
    FOSS Force ^ | 30 March 2016 | Staff
    FOSS Force has learned that we shouldn’t write obituaries until we actually see a death certificate. SCO intends to file an appeal over the dismissal of its case against IBM. On Feburary 29, we told you that SCO was “undeniably and reliably dead” after the company signed off on Judge David Nuffer’s dismissal of what remained of its case against IBM. Guess what? We were wrong. The once upon a time Linux and Unix company, which developed and distributed the Caldera GNU/Linux distribution, evidently has not yet been pulled from life support. On Tuesday, the company filed notification that it...
  • Developers can run Bash Shell and user-mode Ubuntu Linux binaries on Windows 10

    03/30/2016 2:30:19 PM PDT · by Scutter · 25 replies
    Hanselman.com ^ | 3/30/2016 | Scott Hanselman
    Today at BUILD in the Day One keynote Kevin Gallo announced that you can now run "Bash on Ubuntu on Windows." This is a new developer feature included in a Windows 10 "Anniversary" update (coming soon). It lets you run native user-mode Linux shells and command-line tools unchanged, on Windows. This isn't Bash or Ubuntu running in a VM. This is a real native Bash Linux binary running on Windows itself. It's fast and lightweight and it's the real binaries. This is an genuine Ubuntu image on top of Windows with all the Linux tools I use like awk, sed,...
  • Ubuntu Linux Is Coming To Windows 10 — Microsoft Partners With Canonical (Ezpected...)

    03/30/2016 9:23:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 70 replies
    fossbytes.com ^ | Mar 30, 2016 | Adarsh Verma
    Short Bytes: Microsoft and Canonical, Ubuntu Linux’s parent company, are partnering to allow you to use Ubuntu on Windows 10. The official announcement is expected to be made at Microsoft’s BUILD 2016 developer conference later today. This partnership is expected to integrate Windows and Linux on the developer desktop.
  • Clinton email reveals: Google sought overthrow of Syria's Assad

    03/20/2016 8:48:13 PM PDT · by boycott · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-19-16 | Rudy Takala
    Google in 2012 sought to help insurgents overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to State Department emails receiving fresh scrutiny this week. Messages between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's team and one of the company's executives detailed the plan for Google to get involved in the region.
  • The best 8 secure browsers 2016

    03/08/2016 6:10:51 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 34 replies
    TechWorld ^ | 25 February 2016 | John E Dunn
    Browse the web with privacy and security with these best secure browsers. Protect your privacy online with the eight best secure browsers you can use in 2016.What does the idea of a secure browser mean in 2016? The world is now more complex than it was in 2010 when we last looked at the contenders. People are more oriented to mobile devices running under very different conditions while a range of security features such as URL filtering, download protection and do not track have transformed mainstream desktop browsers such as Chrome, IE and Firefox. In a sense all browsers could...
  • Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux

    03/07/2016 7:25:19 PM PST · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 7, 2016 | Chris Williams
    Microsoft has ported its SQL Server software to Linux and has promised to release it in full by next year. From today, the Windows giant, which once likened Linux to cancer, will show off to a lucky few a preview of its SQL database's core engine for the open-source operating system. The full SQL Server 2016 for Linux will be made available by mid-2017, we're told. Scott Guthrie, exec veep of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, said in a blog post on Monday that the Linux port "will enable SQL Server to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server...
  • Dual Bootin' Linux Windows 10

    02/29/2016 3:05:35 PM PST · by Bob434 · 69 replies
    Me | Feb | Me
    Ok good linuxian folks, Here's what I'd like to do IF possible- Dual boot windows 10 and linux mint cinnamon BUT have windows 10 run again in linux under a virtual machine (yes I know it sounds redundant, but i have a reason for this setup if possible) I'm not sure if I coudl install windows 10 twice on one machine or not, but let's for now just assume i could- (windows 10 is 'free' and you can download the iso for it and use it without activating it legally- the iso is direct from MS- and while I don't...
  • Is Linux Too Dumbed Down?

    02/26/2016 11:15:44 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 35 replies
    Datamation ^ | 22 February 2016 | Matt Hartley
    Over the years, I've heard some people claim that Linux is finally ready for the masses. I would suggest that outside of a completely locked down OS such as ChromeOS (which is Linux powered), no OS is genuinely ready for the masses. Instead, it has been my experience that the masses should stick to tablets and Chromebooks. Smartphones make us dumb I can see how my view of most computer users would seem a bit harsh. But I'd also be the first to point out that using smartphones have made all of us "dumb" in the sense that our complacency...
  • Linux Mint Website Hack: A Timeline of Events

    02/22/2016 7:26:56 PM PST · by Utilizer · 22 replies
    SOFTPEDIA ^ | Feb 21, 2016 12:05 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    Last night, the Linux Mint team announced that someone had hacked their servers and started pointing user downloads to malicious ISO images for the Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon edition. Our Linux editor already covered the initial details of the attack, which we recommend reading before going forward with this article. Since then, in the last ten hours, the Linux and infosec communities have been working hard to investigate what happened and how the hackers operated. Linux Mint Team: They hacked us via our WordPress site The first to provide an answer was Clement Lefebvre, leader of the Linux Mint project,...
  • Meet Linux’s little brother: Zephyr, a tiny open-source IoT RTOS

    02/19/2016 7:51:59 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    LinuxGizmos ^ | 17 February 2016 | Rick Lehrbaum
    The Linux Foundation has launched the Zephyr Project, to foster an open source, small footprint, modular, scalable, connected, real-time OS for IoT devices. Normally we think of the Linux Foundation as being all about Linux. But as the organization has matured, it has expanding its scope to embrace an ever-wider range of open source standards and software. Despite the existence and widespread use of minimalistic Linux implementations including uClinux, OpenWrt, Brillo, and Ubuntu Core, the exponential proliferation of smart, connected devices -- such as light bulbs, thermostats, security cameras, sensors, and many others -- has fueled intense interest in minimizing...
  • Open source security is not as big of a concern as it once was

    02/19/2016 5:03:00 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 12 replies
    CSO Online ^ | 18 February 2016 | Ryan Francis
    In 2003 Sreenivasa Rao Vadalasetty helped write a report for the SANS Institute that was titled "Security Concerns in Using Open Source Software for Enterprise Requirements." To some that title today is almost laughable. The report stated:"Though the open source has potential to be more secure than its closed source counterpart, it should not be taken for granted that open source is more secure because there are some constraining factors. Despite the fact that the source code is available for everyone, several vulnerabilities in open source remain undiscovered ...." In a survey done by Black Duck Software last year, the...
  • Why switch to Windows 10 or a Mac when you can use Linux Mint 17.3 instead?

    02/03/2016 11:22:43 AM PST · by dennisw · 86 replies
    zdnet ^ | February 3, 2016 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    My buddy David Gewirtz recently wrote about the question of whether you should move from Windows 7 to Windows 10 or a Mac. I have another suggestion: Linux. Specifically Linux Mint 17.3, Rosa, with the Cinnamon desktop. Linux Mint 17.3 is a great replacement for Windows 7. In fact, it's a great desktop operating system period. sjvn Yes, I'm serious. I use all the above desktops -- yes I'm a Windows 7 and 10 user as well as a Linux guy -- and for people I think Mint 17.3 makes a great desktop. I've been using Mint as my main...
  • The real reason Microsoft open sourced .NET

    01/28/2016 2:53:37 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    CIO.com ^ | 27 January 2016 | Mary Branscombe
    With its engineers involved in more than 2,000 open source projects, you'd have to agree that open source has more than a foothold at Microsoft these days. Most recently, for example, the browser team made the Chakra JavaScript engine that powers both Edge and Internet Explorer open source, for a very practical reason. Node, the popular JavaScript runtime, currently works only with Google's V8 JavaScript engine. With Chakra now open source, Microsoft can take the fork of Node that it created to run on Chakra and contribute it back to the project -- which means developers who use Node will...
  • New zero-day flaw hits millions of Linux servers, also affects most Android devices

    01/20/2016 6:32:48 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    ZD Net ^ | January 19, 2016 -- 19:53 GMT | by Zack Whittaker
    The flaw is said to affect "tens of millions" of Linux PCs and servers, and most modern devices running the latest Android KitKat 4.4 software and later. A new, previously undiscovered flaw that allows an attacker to escalate local user privileges to the highest "root" level is said to hit "tens of millions" of Linux PCs and servers. Because some of the code is shared, the zero-day flaw also affects more than two-thirds of all Android devices. Israeli security firm Perception Point disclosed the flaw in a blog post Tuesday, but it wasn't immediately clear if the bug had been...
  • Any Linux Gurus On FR?

    01/24/2016 4:32:58 PM PST · by Washi · 32 replies
    http://freerepublic.com ^ | 1/24/2016 | Self
    Are there any Linux gurus here? I've looked around online and asked some questions in various forums, but I'm not getting anywhere. I've found explanations of how to set it up, but no examples. I have yet to get it working. I am trying to configure an environment with several Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 virtual machines. All of these machines need to be NTP clients of my NTP server. The NTP server uses MD5 authentication, and I need to have the Linux clients authenticate the NTP traffic. Can someone please post a working "ntp.conf" and "keys" file so that...
  • Linux Trojan captures audio and takes screenshots

    01/20/2016 8:26:27 PM PST · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Jan 20, 2016 | Jim Lynch
    Security is something that is always on the minds of users these days, and that includes those who use Linux. TechWeek Europe has a disturbing article about a Linux trojan that captures audio and takes screenshots. It remains to be seen how widespread this Trojan is among Linux users and what the exact attack vector is for it. Steve McCaskill reports for TechWeek Europe: Security researchers have found a new Linux Trojan capable of taking screenshots of infected systems and even recording sound. Russian anti-virus firm Dr Web says that once the Linux.Ekoms.1 malware is launched it checks for two...
  • Zero-Day FFmpeg Vulnerability Lets Anyone Steal Files from Remote Machines

    01/14/2016 7:18:26 PM PST · by Utilizer · 19 replies
    Softpedia ^ | Jan 13, 2016 22:03 GMT | Marius Nestor
    A zero-day vulnerability in the FFmpeg open-source multimedia framework, which is currently used in numerous Linux kernel-based operating systems and software applications, also for the Mac OS X and Windows platforms, was unveiled recently. The vulnerability was discovered on January 12, 2016, by Russian programmer Maxim Andreev in the current stable builds of the FFmpeg software, and it would appear that it allows anyone who has the necessary skills to hack a computer to read local files on a remote machine and send them over the network using a specially crafted video file. The vulnerability is limited to reading local...
  • Best Linux Distros For Newcomers

    01/13/2016 3:50:54 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 50 replies
    Datamation ^ | 11 January 2016 | Matt Hartley
    Most of the top Linux distributions are of the "easier to use" variety. Some observers might dispute this, but the fact is that most people not working in IT or software development will gravitate toward the easiest experience when it comes to Linux.In this article, I'll share my top picks for best Linux distro for newcomers. These selections are chosen based on their ease of use, not their potential for "learning Linux." I hope to put to bed once and for all that myth that all who use Linux need to have a strong familiarity with how Linux works. After...
  • Linksys to Provide DD-WRT Support for All Current WRT Routers

    01/07/2016 12:29:24 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 17 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 7 January 2016 | Silviu Stahie
    Linksys has just revealed at CES 2016 that all the WRT routers now have DD-WRT support, making this the first company of its type to fully embrace an open source solution.Linksys is one of the most important companies that builds networking hardware, and it's known for its quality hardware. In this case we're talking about routers in the WRT series, which are already very good. The company decided to partner up with DD-WRT in order to provide better support for their products.Many Linksys users were already installing DD-WRT and other similar products on their routers, so the company figured out...
  • The 10 Most In-Demand Programming Skills for Software Engineers in 2016

    01/05/2016 1:24:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Cyber Coders ^ | Brad Seaphin
    By Brad SeraphinAs one of the leading IT recruiting firms in the nation, CyberCoders has accumulated a wealth of data relating to the most in-demand development skills for job seekers.As a follow up to last year's article, 3 years of data (2013, 2014, and 2015) has been analyzed to yield 10 trends that provide skill demand insight for software engineers in 2016.1. Java remains atop the list as the most demanded skill companies were looking for in 2015. This trend proceeds Java's 2014 dethroning of C++, the most demanded skill of 2013.2. SQL consistently remains in the top 3...
  • Debian founder and Docker employee Ian Murdock has died at 42

    12/30/2015 3:33:56 PM PST · by pluvmantelo · 34 replies
    venturebeat.comem ^ | DECEMBER 30, 2015 | JORDAN NOVET
    Docker today announced that Ian Murdock, a member of the startup's technical staff and a former Sun and Salesforce employee known for founding the Debian Linux operating system, has passed away. He was 42. A cause of death was not provided in the blog post announcing the news. Docker declined to comment. The San Francisco Police Department did not immediately have information on Murdock's cause of death.
  • Ubuntu 15.10 for Raspberry Pi 2 Gets Its First Linux Kernel 4.2 Patch, Update Now

    12/17/2015 10:10:49 PM PST · by Utilizer · 9 replies
    softpedia® ^ | 18 Dec 2015, 01:15 GMT | Marius Nestor
    ... After publishing details about the availability of new kernel packages for the Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS computer operating systems, Canonical now reports that the Linux kernel for Raspberry Pi 2 was updated for Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf). According to the Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2843-3, four kernel vulnerabilities discovered by various developers in the upstream Linux kernel 4.2 branch, which is now officially maintained by Canonical's Ubuntu Kernel Team, as we reported a couple of days ago, were patched for the Raspberry Pi 2 port of Ubuntu 15.10. The first security flaw was...
  • Vulnerability in popular bootloader puts locked-down Linux computers at risk

    12/17/2015 11:05:35 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 8 replies
    CSO Online ^ | 16 December 2015 | Lucian Constantin
    Pressing the backspace key 28 times can bypass the Grub2 bootloader's password protection and allow a hacker to install malware on a locked-down Linux system. GRUB, which stands for the Grand Unified Bootloader, is used by most Linux distributions to initialize the operating system when the computer starts. It has a password feature that can restrict access to boot entries, for example on computers with multiple operating systems installed. This protection is particularly important within organizations, where it is also common to disable CD-ROM, USB and network boot options and to set a password for the BIOS/UEFI firmware in order...
  • Zero-Day GRUB2 Vulnerability Hits Linux Users, Patch Available for Ubuntu, RHEL

    12/16/2015 7:26:22 PM PST · by Utilizer · 30 replies
    softpedia® ^ | 16 Dec 2015, 01:23 GMT | Marius Nestor
    GRUB password protection can be bypassed According to Canonical'a latest Ubuntu Security Notice, it would appear that there's a zero-day security vulnerability in the GRUB2 (GNU GRand Unified Bootloader) packages, affecting all GNU/Linux distributions running 2.02 Beta. The security flaw was discovered by developers Ismael Ripoll and Hector Marco in the upstream GRUB2 packages, which did not correctly handled the backspace key when the bootloader was configured to use password-protected authentication, thus allowing a local attacker to bypass GRUB's password protection.
  • Linux Foundation’s Deal With the Devil

    12/15/2015 3:50:11 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 30 replies
    FOSS Force ^ | 14 December 2015 | Christine Hall
    Last week when Microsoft and the Linux Foundation separately announced a partnership that would see Redmond issuing a Linux certification called Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate Linux (MCSA), Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols felt the need to add the words "not a typo" to the headline of his coverage on ZDNet. A couple of days later, when the story made the pages of The Register the headline included, "Do not adjust your set. This is not an error." We were just as surprised here at FOSS Force, and Larry Cafiero pulled no punches when breaking the story in Friday's Week in Review. "There's...
  • Not a typo: �‹Microsoft is offering a Linux certification

    12/11/2015 3:23:58 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 37 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 9 December 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Right after Microsoft releasing MS-Linux, a few years ago I would have said the next most unlikely thing for Microsoft to do would be to offer a Linux certification. Guess what? They are.Yes, there's now a joint Microsoft Linux certification. Who would have imagined this even a year ago?On December 9, Microsoft released a Linux certification: Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure. You know what's even more amazing? Microsoft created this certifcation with the help of the The Linux Foundation. Maybe dogs and cats can live together! This important step in broadening the technology integration between Microsoft and...
  • 10 offbeat, odd, and downright weird places you'll find Linux

    11/15/2015 5:06:46 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 19 replies
    IT World ^ | 12 November 2015 | Josh Fruhlinger
    Why worry about the desktop when you've conquered everything else? Let's just get this out of the way: this isn't the year of Linux on the desktop. That year will probably never arrive. But Linux has gotten just about everywhere else, and the Linux community can take a bow for making that happen. Android, based on the Linux kernel, is so prevalent on mobile devices that it makes the longstanding desktop quest seem irrelevant. But beyond Android there are a number of places where you can find Linux that are truly odd and intriguing, and by "places" we mean both...
  • Thanks for playing: New Linux ransomware decrypted, pwns itself

    11/12/2015 12:01:16 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 12 November 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Ransomware targeting Linux servers has been thwarted by hard working security boffins, with help from the software itself, mere days after its existence was made public.The Linux.Encoder.1 ransomware seeks Linux systems to encrypt and like others of its ilk demands owners pay BitCoins to have files decrypted. But the first iteration of the malware has, like most betas, proven fallible.Not only can it be decrypted using scripts without the need for ransoms to be paid, but it can re-encrypt itself, corrupting files and even encrypting the ransom note that directs victims how to pay the extortion.Bitdefender security wonks report both...
  • How bad a boss is Linus Torvalds?

    11/12/2015 6:43:40 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 36 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | 11 November 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    I've known Linus Torvalds, Linux's inventor, for over 20 years. We're not chums, but we like each other.Lately, Torvalds has been getting a lot of flack for his management style. Linus doesn't suffer fools gladly. He has one way of judging people in his business of developing the Linux kernel: How good is your code?Nothing else matters. As Torvalds said earlier this year at the Linux.conf.au Conference, "I'm not a nice person, and I don't care about you. I care about the technology and the kernel-that's what's important to me." Now, I can deal with that kind of person. If...
  • Thanks for playing: New Linux ransomware decrypted, pwns itself

    11/12/2015 3:34:59 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    The Register ^ | 11/12/15 | Darren Pauli
    Ransomware targeting Linux servers has been thwarted by hard working security boffins, with help from the software itself, mere days after its existence was made public.The Linux.Encoder.1 ransomware seeks Linux systems to encrypt and like others of its ilk demands owners pay BitCoins to have files decrypted. But the first iteration of the malware has, like most betas, proven fallible.Not only can it be decrypted using scripts without the need for ransoms to be paid, but it can re-encrypt itself, corrupting files and even encrypting the ransom note that directs victims how to pay the extortion.Bitdefender security wonks report both...
  • Linus Torvalds: Perfect Security in Open Source Linux OS Is Impossible

    11/11/2015 4:35:38 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 6 replies
    The VAR Guy ^ | 9 November 2015 | Christopher Tozzi
    Does Linus Torvalds fail to take security in the Linux kernel seriously, and is the world doomed because of it? That's what the Washington Post suggests in a recent article about security in the open source OS. The Post sums up Torvalds's take on security as follows: "Security of any system can never be perfect. So it always must be weighed against other priorities -- such as speed, flexibility and ease of use -- in a series of inherently nuanced trade-offs."The Post also describes Torvalds as "the man who holds the future of the Internet in his hands."Taken together, the...
  • Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

    11/09/2015 5:59:00 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | 6 November 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    Celebrity programmer Eric S. Raymond has aired a theory that feminist activists are trying to find a way to lay false sexual assault claims against male leaders of the open source community.Raymond is best known for his seminal tract The Cathedral and the Bazaar, and remains active in the world of open source, which he has championed since the late 1990s. In a blog post this week, Raymond, often referred to as "ESR", dropped this bomb on the internet: The short version is: if you are any kind of open-source leader or senior figure who is male, do not be...
  • RUSSIA: Russian Internet Law Could Threaten Security of Americans’ Personal Data

    11/08/2015 6:15:51 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | November 6, 2015 | Daniel Wiser
    Moscow requires major companies to move information to servers in Russia by start of next year A Russian law could place the personal data of millions of Internet users, including Americans, at risk if international digital companies comply by the start of next year, analysts say. The law, enacted last year, requires digital companies to store the personal information of Russians in servers on Russian soil. While officials in Moscow have cited concerns that Russians’ information could be vulnerable to foreign intelligence services such as the National Security Agency (NSA) if it is located outside the country’s borders, critics of...
  • Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

    11/06/2015 1:06:47 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 55 replies
    the register. ^ | 6 Nov 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    Celebrity programmer Eric S. Raymond has aired a theory that feminist activists are trying to find a way to lay false sexual assault claims against male leaders of the open source community. Among his many blog posts, Raymond has also identified criticized contemporary feminism, called for the demilitarization of US police and argued against gun control.
  • A Miracle Comes to Linux

    10/27/2015 6:51:01 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    FOSSForce ^ | 27 October 2015 | Ken Starks
    His name is Morgan, but it hasn’t always been his name. What it was before doesn’t legally matter any longer. What does matter, to us, is the concentric circles by which “Morgan” arrived…came to be. Morgan doesn’t know any better. Many metaphors of consciousness can be applied, but for Morgan, your arguments on his condition fall outside of his realm of concern. Morgan is Morgan, and what Morgan does in the present is all that matters. What might have been his reality, to you, before “the incident,” is simply pabulum to Morgan. To Morgan, you are children trying to complete...
  • Can the Internet exist without Linux?

    10/17/2015 10:39:26 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 18 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 15 October 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    The Linux Foundation recently put up a funny video showing what life might be like without Web search. It's tagline was "A world without Linux is hard to imagine." It also added, "A world without Linux would mean a world without the Internet." Ah. No. The Internet actually started as ARPAnet, a government sponsored packet-switching network in September 1969. Linus Torvalds wouldn't be born until December 1969. The cartoon is really about search on the Web, not the Internet itself. The Web got its start in 1991. It first ran om NeXTStations. These were Steve Job-designed Unix workstations. They're the...
  • Top Tips For Migrating from Windows to Linux

    10/06/2015 3:46:33 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 50 replies
    Datamation ^ | 05 October 2015 | Matt Hartley
    It's easy to forget how intimidating it can be when trying something completely new for the first time. This is especially true when a power-user comfortable with Windows tries Linux. Since I'm a power user of various Linux distros, Windows and OS X, I have some insights that I think people looking to migrate to Linux need to read. Let's get started, shall we?Linux is not Windows The first thing that people who migrate from Windows need to understand is that Linux is not Windows. People seem to forget this fact when they experience something completely foreign while using Linux....