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  • Apple Says iOS, OSX and “Key Web Services” Not Affected by Heartbleed Security Flaw

    04/11/2014 5:58:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 36 replies
    ReCode.net ^ | April 10, 2014, 1:42 PM PDT | By Mike Isaac
    Apple said Thursday that its mobile, desktop and Web services weren’t affected by a major flaw in a set of security software used by hundreds of thousands of websites. The flaw, codenamed “Heartbleed” and first reported by Web security firm Codenomicon, was discovered in a technology called “OpenSSL” — a set of encryption software used by Web companies to safeguard user information. Sites that use OpenSSL will display a small “lock” icon in the top left-hand corner of your Web browser’s address bar (though not all sites showing this lock use OpenSSL); the technology is used on more than two-thirds...
  • Tech Gurus Still Don't "Get" Linux

    04/09/2014 7:48:00 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 56 replies
    Datamation ^ | 7 April 2014 | Matt Hartley
    It’s been my experience that, despite any progress, Ubuntu and distros like it have made in gaining new users, those in the tech media continue to get it wrong. In this article, I’ll examine how the tech media continues to spread misinformation about Linux on the desktop, why it happens and what we as users can do about it. Linux is difficult to install Years ago, merely installing and configuring Linux for the desktop could be extremely difficult. And while recent technologies such as UEFI have added some extra hurdles for distribution developers, the end user is able to install...
  • Serious OpenSSL bug renders websites wide open

    04/08/2014 11:13:55 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 30 replies
    itnews au ^ | on Apr 8, 2014 8:07 AM | Juha Saarinen
    A serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic library has been discovered that allows attackers to steal information unnoticed. Known as the Heartbleed bug, the vulnerability allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of systems that run vulnerable versions of OpenSSL, revealing the secret authentication and encryption keys to protect the traffic. User names, passwords and the actual content of the communications can also be read. ... OpenSSL recommends that uses immediately upgrade to version 1.0.1g. If that's not possible, users should recompile OpenSSL with the -DOPENSSL_NO_HEARTBEATS flag to remove the the heartbeat handshake. The 1.0.2 version of...
  • Linux Ubuntu question for my older windows laptop.

    04/06/2014 1:04:45 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 53 replies
    4-6-14 | Me
    I got an older Compaq Presario Laptop and I've been toying with the idea of putting Ubuntu on it. I was wondering if I would need to totally wipe the HD to get Ubuntu to run properly or can I install it while leaving Windows 7 on and it will still run OK. I am going to get a new laptop eventually but am in no hurry so it would be nice to still keep windows But I can manage for now without it being I use my Entertainment System Computer most of the time. Thanks in advance for any...
  • Opening Minds to the Spheres Among Us

    04/04/2014 10:21:58 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    Linux Journal ^ | 02 April 2014 | Doc Searls
    Linux can't be understood in terms of hierarchy. Neither can the Internet. That's because both are examples of heterarchy at work. Flatland, an 1880 novella by Edwin A. Abbott, is about a world with just two dimensions, inhabited by lines and polygons. Trouble starts when a sphere shows up. For business, the same kind of trouble started when Linux and the Internet showed up in the mid-1990s. No matter how useful Linux and the Internet prove to be, business still has trouble getting its head around a virtual world composed of end points that are all autonomous, self-empowered and at...
  • We Just Learned CEO Satya Nadella's Master Plan For Microsoft

    03/27/2014 1:08:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/27/2014 | Steve Kovach
    The big news from Microsoft today was that it has finally launched Office for iPad, which will give users full access to the popular productivity suite if they sign up for the Office 365 subscription service. But under the surface of the announcement, we got our first look at CEO Satya Nadella's broader vision for Microsoft's future. Nadella has only been CEO for 52 days, but we're already getting a sense of how he plans to expand the company's offerings beyond its core products like Windows. In short, Nadella sees Microsoft powering all sorts of devices through services and apps...
  • With or Without Apple, Google Will Crush Microsoft

    03/25/2014 6:41:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Street ^ | 03/25/2014 | Rocco Pendola
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- I saw a promo the other day for Google (GOOG) Work. Sadly, I can't locate it or I would have inserted it here so you could see it for yourself. However, it might be fitting that you can't see the promo. Because Google's assault on Microsoft (MSFT) continues to fly under the radar. For whatever reason, it's the most under covered story in tech ... in finance ... and for the sake of extraneous ellipses ... the world. But it's real and it's happening. And Microsoft has no idea what to do in response. How could...
  • Meeting Windows User Expectations With Linux

    03/25/2014 6:57:53 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 17 replies
    FOSS Force ^ | 24 March 2014 | Ken Starks
    There has been a lot of talk in the past month over the looming doom of Windows XP. Microsoft will be pulling the life support plug on XP on April 8th this year. There are plenty of folks a bit jittery about this and those jitters are justifiable. Microsoft Windows XP has undoubtedly been the longest running Windows operating system to date. Microsoft has extended the deadline for killing XP a couple of times. Now it appears there will be no stay of execution for the aging OS. Even with all the publicity and news about the demise of XP,...
  • Geek Bumper Stickers [Shameless Vanity]

    03/22/2014 11:20:11 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 61 replies
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  • GnuTLS: Big internal bugs, few real-world problems

    03/07/2014 4:20:54 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 5 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 06 March 2014 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    According to some reports you'd think the security sky was falling. Yes, GnuTLS, an open-source "secure" communications library that implements \Secure-Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS), has serious flaws. The good news? Almost no one uses it. OpenSSL has long been everyone's favorite open-source security library of choice. Red Hat discovered the latest in a long-series of GnuTLS bugs .Latest? Yes, latest.You see, GnuTLS has long been regarded as being a poor SSL/TLS security library. A 2008 message on the OpenLDAP mailing list had "GnuTLS considered harmful" as its subject — which summed it up nicely. In it, Howard...
  • Linux Kernel Patching Gets Dynamic

    03/07/2014 4:16:24 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 15 replies
    Server Watch ^ | 06 March 2014 | Sean Michael Kerner
    For much of the Linux operating system's history, patching a kernel has been a process that has typically involved downtime. In 2014, that's no longer the case as there are now at least three distinct efforts that offer the promise of zero-downtime kernel patching to Linux servers.The most recent entrant into the zero-downtime patching parade is Red Hat with the kpatch effort. Red Hat first revealed its efforts on Feburary 26th in a blog post detailing how kpatch works. Red Hat was unable to directly comment about any aspect of kpatch to ServerWatch for this article.Red Hat is a relative...
  • Major security flaw threatens Linux users

    03/05/2014 10:20:50 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 56 replies
    Network World ^ | 4 March 2014 | Jon Gold
    A source code mistake in the GnuTLS library – an open-source software building block used in a large number of different Linux distributions to handle secure Internet connections – could prove a serious threat to the privacy of Linux users, as developers rush to patch the vulnerability. Nikos Mavrogiannopolous, the developer of GnuTLS, announced Monday in a mailing list message that he had implemented a fix to the source code that closes the loophole. The flaw would have enabled an attacker to spoof GnuTLS’ system for verifying certificates, exposing supposedly secure connections to stealthy eavesdropping. By creating a specific type...
  • Want to land an IT job in 2014? It helps to be a Linux pro

    02/20/2014 6:51:06 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 22 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | 19 February 2014 | Serdar Yegulalp
    The Linux Foundation and tech recruitment firm Dice pair up each year to produce the Linux Jobs Report, where around 1,000 corporate hiring managers and 4,000 Linux professionals are surveyed to learn what's been going on in the Linux job market.The 2014 edition of the report makes clear that Linux is not only an in-demand job skill for IT, but one that commands better pay and more job perks than other jobs in the same field.The first and most striking claim in the report is how the search for Linux talent has intensified, with both recruiters and Linux pros reporting...
  • Microsoft Sells 200 Million Win 8 Licenses: Yawn

    02/15/2014 6:33:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Information Week ^ | 02/14/2014 | Michael Endler
    Microsoft sold more than 200 million Windows 8 and 8.1 licenses during the controversial OS's first 15 months, Tami Reller, the company's executive VP of marketing, revealed Thursday at a Goldman Sachs technology conference.Sounds impressive, right? Not exactly.Sure, 200 million is a big number -- that's about one license for every 35 people on the planet, a level of ubiquity most companies would kill for. But Microsoft isn't most companies. Put into historical or aspirational context, Windows 8 and 8.1 have underwhelmed.Not convinced? Here are five reasons not to be impressed.1. Windows 8 sales can't keep pace with Windows 7's precedent.In...
  • Analysis of the top 10 Linux operating systems

    02/11/2014 4:52:32 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 118 replies
    Everyday Linux User ^ | 10 February 2014 | Gary Newell
    Introduction The “Everyday Linux User” website is dedicated to the average, ordinary, everyday, computer user who has a basic working knowledge of computers and who uses their computer for common tasks such as listening to music, playing games, watching videos, writing documents and editing photos and video clips. Quite a common question asked at sites such as Reddit and Yahoo answers is “Which distro should I use?” and it is usually followed up by a brief set of requirements and the names of distributions that the user has heard of. Users are confused when they first come to Linux about...
  • Windows XP home users should upgrade to Linux -- not Windows 8.1

    02/01/2014 1:57:57 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 191 replies
    Beta News ^ | 30 January 2014 | Brian Fagioli
    The Windows XP death clock is ticking away. While Microsoft has extended support for malware protection, do not be fooled -- XP will be officially unsupported on April 8. If Microsoft has its druthers, these XP users will upgrade to Windows 8 and maybe even buy a new computer. However, there is a problem with this -- the Windows 8 UI is radically different from XP and people do not like change (especially people clinging to an operating system from 2001). Also, they may not need to buy a new computer, because their existing is probably fast enough... for...
  • Top 10 Tips For Beginning Linux

    01/24/2014 6:48:04 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 83 replies
    Everyday Linux User ^ | 23 January 2014 | Gary Newel
    Most of the time when I write articles on this blog I will have planned them out and worked out when and how I will publish them. (I know some of you might be thinking "Really?"). Occasionally though a nugget drops straight into your inbox and you really don't need to put much thought into it at all. Today is one of those days. Earlier this week I received an email containing a link to a very interesting video, from Steve Barth, who produces videos for CBT Nuggets. The video linked below is split into two main sections. In the...
  • LINUX and WiFi

    01/21/2014 10:04:40 AM PST · by varmintman · 34 replies
    This is in the "If the subject should ever come up" category... One of the biggest problems which comes up for people trying to get a look at one of the newer Linux distributions is what to do about WIFI. Particularly in the case of laptops and particularly in the case of laptops with Broadcom wifi radios, those radios act as if they'd gone dead. LINUX does not come with drivers for such (the drivers are Windows only and proprietary) ; information exists on websites for setting up wrappers to allow the Windows drivers to think they're running under Windows...
  • Microsoft Quietly Fixes Windows XP Resource Hog Problem

    01/18/2014 9:44:36 AM PST · by Utilizer · 81 replies
    Redmond magazine ^ | 01/16/2014 | Kurt Mackie
    Microsoft indicated this week that it has fixed a Windows XP resource-hog problem associated with the system's SVCHOST.EXE processes. Windows XP users affected by this problem typically found that the operating system was using up system resources for 15 minutes to an hour after startup, making it difficult to use the machine during that period. The Microsoft Update team had vowed last month to spend the holiday break tackling the issue, which has plagued some users for years. The fix involved stopping the system from perpetually checking Internet Explorer updates. Microsoft indicated that the fix was rolled out on Tuesday....
  • Four Linux distros for kids

    01/15/2014 4:22:39 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 12 replies
    opensource.com ^ | 14 January 2014 | Aseem Sharma
    Image by opensource.com I can see the brightness of curiosity in my six year old niece Shuchi's eyes when she explores a mobile phone or manipulates the idiot box with its remote control or becomes creatively destructive with any other electronic device. She, like a lot of kids her age, love experimenting.This curiosity reaches its peak when she sits in front of my laptop or her father's laptop. A lot of times, however, I observe that she is lost in complicated applications that are suitable only to adults. An operating system that an adult uses and the system running it...
  • Microsoft’s Windows 8 and 8.1 Gained Ground, And Overall Sales Forecast Looks Good

    01/07/2014 7:50:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    US Finance Post ^ | 01/07/2014 | Asif Imtiaz
    Regardless of how stalled Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) MSFT +0.69% business seems to Wall Street analysts, the fact of the matter is that this company powers 90.73 percent of the Desktops and Notebooks around the world. Its nearest competitor at second place is Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) AAPL +0.14% Mac operating system which has only 7.54 percent market share. Microsoft released its latest upgrade to the much discussed Windows 8 operating system, Windows 8.1, in October of 2013. Last month, during December, devices running the Windows 8 and 8.1 crossed over 10 percent market share for the first time. A month earlier, in...
  • Has FR been Pigeon Holed by Google Chrome?

    12/26/2013 2:05:09 PM PST · by PeteePie · 54 replies
    None ^ | 12/26/2013 | PeteePie
    I came into work today and fired up Google Chrome, like on any other day. My Google home page usually displays the eight most frequently visited websites in icon/link form. The icon and link for Free Republic has always occupied the number one or two spot, depending on my frequency of visits. But today Chrome looked different. It wasn't just the new seasonal header image but that some of my frequently visited icon images have been replaced by some infrequently visited icon/links. I clicked on 'Do Not Show on This Page' option for these newbies and it replaced them with...
  • LinuxDevices content returns to the Web

    12/24/2013 10:35:03 AM PST · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    LinuxGizmos ^ | Dec 23, 2013 | Rick Lehrbaum
    One of most widely respected repositories of embedded and mobile Linux news and information has returned to the web as an archive hosted here at LinuxGizmos.com. QuinStreet acquired LinuxDevices.com in Feb. 2012 through its purchase of a group of websites from publisher Ziff Davis Enterprise. After the acquisition, LinuxDevices remained frozen in time for about a year before vanishing in May, shortly after I launched LinuxGizmos.com. Following a constructive discussion about possibilities for bringing the LinuxDevices content back online, QuinStreet generously offered to license LinuxGizmos to host the LinuxDevices Archive on our site, as a “holiday present to the Linux...
  • Free Software Foundation Endorses Its First Laptop

    12/19/2013 8:48:13 PM PST · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    phoronix - hardware ^ | 19 December 2013 01:15 PM EST | Michael Larabel
    The Free Software Foundation today has come out for "the first time we've ever been able to encourage people to buy and use a laptop as-is." The Free Software Foundation now backs one laptop model as respecting the customer's freedoms, but are the hardware specs any good? The Free Software Foundation publicly announced today the "Respects Your Freedom" certification for the Gluglug X60 laptops, which come down to refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad X60s... These refurbished laptops come from an Internet retailer in the UK that replaces the proprietary ThinkPad BIOS with Coreboot. The free software operating system preloaded on the refurbished...
  • Closing the door on Windows: A guide to changing operating systems

    12/18/2013 6:48:46 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 80 replies
    PC World ^ | 16 December 2013 | Tony Bradley
    Is it time for you to dump Windows XP, or maybe to abandon Windows altogether? Windows 8 has improved significantly with the 8.1 upgrade. Nevertheless, for many users, Windows 8’s ...major changes like Live Tiles and the removal of the Start menu—remains an object of scorn. And security has always been a bigger headache for Windows... If you’re still running Windows XP, making the switch to Windows 8.1—or to Windows 7, if you can find it—will probably involve replacing more than just the operating system. Your...hardware may not be able to handle a newer Windows OS; and even if it...
  • (LINUX CAUCUS) Mint KDE 16 PETRA released

    12/10/2013 7:24:58 AM PST · by Bikkuri · 123 replies
    Linux Mint Forums ^ | December 8th, 2013 | Clem
    Release a day, or so, ago..
  • FSF responds to Microsoft's privacy and encryption announcement

    12/08/2013 2:21:00 PM PST · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    Free Software Foundation ^ | Published on Dec 05, 2013 03:30 PM | by John Sullivan
    Microsoft announced a new effort to "[protect] customer data from government snooping." FSF executive director John Sullivan issued the following statement on Thursday, December 5th: "Microsoft has made renewed security promises before. In the end, these promises are meaningless. Proprietary software like Windows is fundamentally insecure not because of Microsoft's privacy policies but because its code is hidden from the very users whose interests it is supposed to secure. A lock on your own house to which you do not have the master key is not a security system, it is a jail. Even on proprietary operating systems like Windows,...
  • Beware of new worm targeting Linux PCs – Symantec

    12/03/2013 6:12:54 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 19 replies
    GMA News ^ | 1 December 2013 | KDM
    A new worm is targeting personal computers running the Linux operating system, and may also pose a threat to embedded devices such as home routers and set-top boxes, a security vendor reported this week.   Symantec said its researchers warned the malware, named Linux.Darlloz, spreads by exploiting a vulnerability in php-cgi that had been patched as early as May 2012.   "The worm is capable of attacking a range of small, Internet-enabled devices in addition to traditional computers. Variants exist for chip architectures usually found in devices such as home routers, set-top boxes and security cameras," researcher Kaoru Hayashi said...
  • How to decide if Linux is right for you

    11/06/2013 6:02:00 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 37 replies
    CNet ^ | 4 November 2013 | Rick Broida
    Had it up to here with Windows? Can't take another "blue screen of death"? Another 10-minute wait for your laptop to boot? Another spyware or virus hassle? Heck, maybe you just think Microsoft got it so far wrong with Windows 8.1, it's time for a change.In fact, maybe it's time for Linux.The open-source operating system offers users a Windows-like alternative with a few key advantages: It's free.Most software for Linux: also free.It runs briskly with less horsepower under the hood, making it a good choice for older PCs.No viruses. No spyware. No adware.You can choose from a variety of user-interface...
  • Are Valve And AMD About To Ruin PC Gaming?

    10/14/2013 11:22:00 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies
    HardOCP ^ | Monday October 14, 2013 | Posted by Steve 10:55 AM (DST
    The Tech Report crew seems to think that SteamOS and Mantle could ruin PC gaming. I'm not sure how they came to that conclusion but I'm sure you guys will have plenty to say on the topic. Now, all of a sudden, next year's gaming landscape looks to be shaping up very differently. Instead of three major platforms based on a common hardware architecture, game developers will face two monolithic platforms and a fragmented one—the PC—that will have two starkly different operating systems and three different APIs—Direct3D, OpenGL, and Mantle.
  • Nvidia and AMD upgrade Linux support

    09/26/2013 8:41:37 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:16 | Nick Farrell
    Give me Steam It looks like Valve’s announcement about its SteamOS has poked Nvidia and AMD to spruce up their Linux support. A day after Valve announced penguin flavoured SteamOS, AMD and Nvidia announced improvements to their driver support for the Linux. One of the things which prevented Linux from taking off in the gaming world, other than a lack of decent games, was a lack of drivers. AMD is active in the Linux community, but its open-source Linux drivers are not as good as its Windows drivers. It has been making efforts. It recently released 165 kernel patches...
  • IBM to pledge $1 billion to boost Linux: WSJ

    09/17/2013 10:09:49 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Tuesday, 17 September 2013 3:35 a.m. Today - | By Barbara Kollmeyer
    International Business Machines Inc. plans to announce Tuesday that it will spent $1 billion over four or five years on Linux, The Wall Street Journal reported on its Digits blog.
  • Valve CEO: Why Linux is the future of gaming

    09/17/2013 6:15:59 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 53 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 16 September 2013 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    New Orleans: If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times: The reason why desktop Linux hasn't made it is because of its lack of games. Thanks to Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve and its Steam game platform, that's not true anymore. Linux gaming is ready to rumble and Valve expects it to win. As a keynote speaker at the Linux Foundation's 2013 North American Linuxcon, Newell explained that the old proprietary ways are no longer working for gaming companies. In no small part, that's because the economics of games are changing. Newell said, "Games are becoming nodes...
  • PengPod Claims It Will Transform PC & Tablet World

    09/11/2013 12:52:44 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Phoronix ^ | September 09, 2013 | by Michael Larabel
    PengPod, a low-quantity Linux tablet vendor, released the PengPod 1040 tablet today that they claim will "transform the PC and Tablet world by merging both elegantly together to fit any lifestyle." But will it really pan out? The company claims their latest tablet will transform the PC and tablet worlds since it can effectively dual-boot between Android and Linaro/Ubuntu on ARM. This way, you can enjoy Android apps and then reboot and gain access to your normal Ubuntu (desktop-focused) apps -- not too different from Canonical's failed Ubuntu Edge campaign with a smart-phone dual-booting Ubuntu and Android. PengPod also...
  • The first rule of choosing a desktop Linux distribution: User, know thyself

    08/23/2013 6:10:14 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 106 replies
    IT World ^ | 22 August 2013 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    There are literally hundreds of Linux desktop distributions. Here's how to find one that's right for you. On a regular basis I use five different Linux different distributions. Over the decades, I've used pretty every much every major Linux distribution out there... and I haven't even touched more than 10% of all available Linux distributions. If I, who've made something of a career of tracking Linux, can't keep up with all the distros how can you? Honestly, you can't. No one can. So how can you find the right Linux for you? This handy, dandy guide will help. But before...
  • 1 Small App, 1 Giant Feather in Linux's Cap

    08/14/2013 1:07:50 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 18 replies
    Linux Insider ^ | 13 August 2013 | Katherine Noyes
    Victory can be defined in countless ways, of course, but here in the Linux blogosphere, Microsoft's recent release of its core Office app for Android is a pretty good example. "Linus won a long time ago," said blogger Mike Stone. "Android is flying high, Linux is dominating on servers and supercomputers. Linux pretty much mops up every market it's in."What a difference a day makes, as the old saying goes -- or, perhaps more aptly here in the Linux community, what a difference an app makes.Which app, you may ask? Why that would be Microsoft Office for Android, of course...
  • Acer to Expand Google Android- and Chrome-Based Product Offerings. ( To reduce Windows Offerings )

    08/13/2013 9:51:52 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 08/09/2013 03:48 PM | Anton Shilov
    After a steep – 33% – decline in unit shipments in the second calendar quarter of the year, Acer Group now wants to shrink its Microsoft Windows-based offerings and expand product lines that utilize operating systems from Google, such as Android or Chrome. The company seems to be serious about the plan as it wants to grow its “non-Windows” business as quick as possible. "We are trying to grow our non-Windows business as soon as possible. Android is very popular in smartphones and dominant in tablets. I also see a new market there for Chromebooks," said Jim Wang, the president...
  • Bloomberg Pledge $80,000 to Ubuntu Edge Campaign

    08/08/2013 5:46:49 PM PDT · by sitetest · 17 replies
    Techweek Europe ^ | August 8, 2013 | Steve McCaskill
    Bloomberg has become the first major corporate backer of the Ubuntu Edge, pledging $80,000 towards the project to build a crowdfunded smartphone, but this is unlikely to be enough to help Canonical reach its ambitious funding goal of $32 million (£20.8m). Canonical says the pledge is a huge boost for the company and other backers who want to get their hands on the world’s first “truly converged computing device”, but at the time of writing, the Ubuntu Edge has achieved just $8,544,097 of its target with just 14 days of fund raising left. Bloomberg has signed up for the ‘Enterprise...
  • 20 great years of Linux and supercomputers

    07/30/2013 11:03:15 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 7 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 29 July 2013 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    In the latest Top500 supercomputer rankings, 476 of the top 500 fastest supercomputers, 95.2 percent, in the world run Linux. Linux has ruled supercomputing for years. But, it wasn't always that way.First Unix, and now Linux for the last few years, has ruled supercomputing.When the first Top500 supercomputer list was compiled in June 1993, Linux was just gathering steam. Indeed, in 1993, the first successful Linux distributions, Slackware and Debian were only just getting off the ground.What happened next, as reported in The Linux Foundation's forthcoming report, 20 years of Top500.org Supercomputer Data Links Linux With Advances in Computing Performance, was that...
  • Does the NSA's SE Linux code need a review?

    07/26/2013 9:28:42 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    ITWire ^ | 24 July 2013 | Sam Varghese
    In the wake of the recent revelations that America's National Security Agency is spying on all and sundry, is it time for the Linux community to take another good, hard look at the NSA-developed Security Enhanced Linux?The NSA's Security Enhanced Linux comprises a kernel patch to add security features, and patches to applications to allow them to determine the security domain in which to run processes.The code was initially developed by the NSA and is under the GPLv2, the same licence as the kernel. Numerous individuals and companies have made contributions to the project.Recently, Cyanogenmod, one of the more popular...
  • Godmother of Unix admins Evi Nemeth presumed lost at sea

    07/05/2013 8:13:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 5th July 2013 | Iain Thomson in San Francisco,
    The New Zealand authorities have formally called off the search for the sailing cruiser Nina, and say its seven-person crew, which includes Evi Nemeth who for the last 30 years has written the system administration handbooks for Unix and Linux, is now presumed lost at sea. Nemeth was sailing off the western coast of New Zealand in the missing 21-metre vintage wooden schooner with its owner David Dyche, 58; his wife, Rosemary, 60, and their son David, 17; Kyle Jackson, 27; Danielle Wright, 18, and Briton Matthew Wootton, 35. The boat was last heard from on June 4, when Nemeth...
  • Linux continues to rule supercomputers

    06/19/2013 6:32:17 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 18 June 2013 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    The June 2013 Top500 supercomputer list is in, and 476 of the top 500 fastest supercomputers in the world run Linux. Whether you measure supercomputing by number of systems or overall performance, Linux rules. (Image: Top500)Is that good enough for you? While Linux fans and critics obsess about Linux's failure to sweep Windows off the desktop, they're ignoring that Linux is winning everywhere else, and that when it comes to the highest of high-end computing, Linux rules.Driving the point home, the top 10 fastest supercomputers all run Linux of one sort or the other. You have to go the way...
  • 10 amazing Linux desktop environments you've probably never seen

    05/17/2013 10:01:48 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 32 replies
    Network World ^ | 15 May 2013 | Bryan Lunduke
    One of the most amazing things about Linux is how versatile it is. Let's face it - Windows and MacOS X are...boring. They look exactly how they look. When it comes to making your computer look and behave however you like, Linux is king. Let's take a stroll through some truly interesting, and beautiful, Linux Desktop Environments - the ones that many of us have never even seen.xmonad xmonad (all lower case) is a tiling window manager built in the Haskell programming language (which is interesting enough to qualify for inclusion in this list). So what is a “tiling...
  • International Space Station to boldly go with Linux over Windows

    05/12/2013 8:16:39 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3:13PM BST 10 May 2013 | By Joel Gunter
    "Computers aboard the International Space Station are to be switched from Windows XP to the Linux operating system in an attempt to improve stability and reliability.
  • Red Hat Sets JBoss Free with WildFly Application Server

    04/22/2013 6:54:51 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 20 replies
    ServerWatch ^ | 19 April 2013 | Sean Michael Kerner
    Red Hat is renaming and rebuilding its open source JBoss application server. The new name is WildFly and with it will come a faster and more transparent development process. Ever since Red Hat acquired JBoss in April of 2006 for $350 million, there has been both an open source JBoss Application Server (AS) and a commercial JBoss Application Platform. After seven years of being in the market with those two technologies, Red Hat became concerned that there was some confusion about the two products and their relationship with each other. "The issue was that the JBoss AS naming was close...
  • Microsoft’s Android licensing program ----Foxconn signs up

    04/18/2013 12:32:20 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 04/16/2013 11:55 PM | Anton Shilov
    Foxconn Signs License Agreement with Microsoft to Make Google Android- and Chrome-Based Devices.Microsoft and Foxconn Sign Patent Agreement For Android and Chrome DevicesMicrosoft Corp. and Hon Hai, the parent company of Foxconn, the world’s largest contract maker of electronics, signed a worldwide patent licensing agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for devices running the Android and Chrome OS, including smartphones, tablets and televisions.
  • Parallella: The $99 Linux supercomputer

    04/16/2013 10:50:04 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 34 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 15 April 2013 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Chip-company Adapteva announced on April 15th at the Linux Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, California, that they've built their first Parallella parallel-processing board for Linux supercomputing, and that they'll be sending them to their 6,300 Kickstarter supporters and other customers by this summer. Say hi to Parallella, the $99 Linux-powered supercomputer. (Image: The Linux Foundation) Linux has long been the number one supercomputer operating system. But while you could build your own Linux supercomputer using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products, it wouldn't be terribly fast. You needed hardware that could support massively parallel computing — the cornerstone of modern supercomputing. What Adapteva has...
  • The Linux desktop 'mess'

    04/10/2013 5:50:05 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 58 replies
    TechRepublic ^ | 8 April 2013 | Jack Wallen
    Takeaway: Is the Linux desktop really a “mess” as some pundits call it? Jack Wallen takes issue with this claim and explains why he thinks the desktop is getting a bad rap. It seems nearly every pundit, every mouthpiece on the planet has decided that the Linux desktop is a “mess.” This “downfall” of the Linux desktop started with GNOME 3 and seemed to gain more momentum with Ubuntu Unity. I have a theory — and an idea for a fix.Linux is all about choice. It’s always been that way; from the earliest inception of the desktop, the Linux community...
  • Is Assembly Still Relevant To Most Linux Software? ( How do you get perormance.... Assembly code>)

    04/02/2013 1:16:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Phoronix ^ | April 02, 2013 | Michael Larabel
    Steve McIntyre and the Linaro Enterprise Group recently analyzed Ubuntu and Fedora software packages to see what software was still relying upon hand-written Assembly code. This was done to see how much real Assembly is being used, to see what the code was used for, and whether it was worth porting to 64-bit ARM / AArch64 / ARMv8. Their findings found that most software doesn't need porting for 64-bit ARM but that "most software in the typical Linux distribution does not contain any assembly." For Ubuntu 13.04, only about 6% of the packages contained any Assembly code. With packages found...
  • Production-ready ZFS offers cosmic-scale storage for Linux

    03/30/2013 11:56:04 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    The Register ^ | 30th March 2013 01:09 GMT | Neil McAllister in San Francisco
    The maintainers of the native Linux port of the ZFS high-reliability filesystem have announced that the most recent release, version 0.6.1, is officially ready for production use. "Over two years of use by real users has convinced us ZoL [ZFS on Linux] is ready for wide scale deployment on everything from desktops to super computers," developer Brian Behlendorf wrote in a mailing list post on Wednesday. ZFS is a combined filesystem and volume manager for Unix-like operating systems, originally developed by Sun Microsystems for its Solaris OS in the early 2000s. The main features that set ZFS apart from many competing filesystems are...