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  • The Divisive Linux Community

    10/15/2014 4:21:30 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 17 replies
    Datamation ^ | 14 October 2014 | Matt Hartley
    Since its inception, there has always been a base level of friction within the Linux community.For the most part, this friction has led to new ideas that have provided ease of use and in some instances, improved functionality. Distros such as Ubuntu best showcase this example, despite the grief it gets from parts of the Linux community. Digging deeper beyond the surface, however, some of this friction has proven to be more divisive than productive.Extreme views from software titans One of the most divisive situations I've seen in the Linux space is how proprietary code within the Linux space is...
  • Back to the Source: Why FOSS is More Important Than Ever

    09/29/2014 5:21:37 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    linux.com ^ | 25 September 2014 | Carla Schroder
    In the olden days the topic of software freedom was central to Linux and free/open source software. Software freedom needs to remain front and center. Remember Richard Stallman's Four Freedoms?"Nobody should be restricted by the software they use. There are four freedoms that every user should have: the freedom to use the software for any purpose,the freedom to change the software to suit your needs,the freedom to share the software with your friends and neighbors, andthe freedom to share the changes you make." Another way to say this is we should always have the freedom to tinker.We used to take these freedoms...
  • Bash specially-crafted environment variables code injection attack

    09/25/2014 7:04:10 PM PDT · by palmer · 10 replies
    Red Hat ^ | Update 2014-09-25 16:00 UTC | Red Hat
    Red Hat is aware that the patch for CVE-2014-6271 is incomplete. An attacker can provide specially-crafted environment variables containing arbitrary commands that will be executed on vulnerable systems under certain conditions. The new issue has been assigned CVE-2014-7169. ...
  • Remote exploit vulnerability in bash CVE-2014-6271

    09/25/2014 10:47:12 AM PDT · by zeugma · 26 replies
    CSOonline ^ | Sep 24, 2014 | Dave Lewis
    A remotely exploitable vulnerability has been discovered by Stephane Chazelas in bash on Linux and it is unpleasant. The vulnerability has the CVE identifier CVE-2014-6271 and has been given the name Shellshock by some. This affects Debian as well as other Linux distributions. You will need to patch ASAP. Bash supports exporting shell variables as well as shell functions to other bash instances. This is accomplished through the process environment to a child process.  The major attack vectors that have been identified in this case are HTTP requests and CGI scripts.  From Akamai:  Akamai has validated the existence of the vulnerability...
  • How to choose the right Linux distro

    09/25/2014 8:14:50 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    Network World ^ | 24 September 2014 | Paul Venezia
    Credit: Thinkstock RHEL/CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, and OpenSuse have far more similarities than differences, but choosing the wrong one for the job can make life much harder Unlike most other desktop and server operating systems, Linux comes in a wide variety of flavors, each based on a common core of the Linux kernel and various GNU user space utilities. If you're running Linux servers -- or Linux desktops, for that matter -- you should understand the important differences and be discerning about which flavor of Linux is best suited to any given situation. This article will help you do...
  • Sorry, Windows 9 Fans, This Is How Multiple Desktops Should Work

    09/18/2014 7:39:31 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 38 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 17 September 2014 | Silviu Stahie
    The Windows 9 OS will finally get a very coveted feature, multiple desktops, but the Microsoft developers are still pretty far away from what you can get on Linux. The Linux platform has always taken pride in this cool feature. Having multiple desktops is a great way to increase the productivity and there are numerous means to implement it. Lots of Linux distributions have this option, which is used in various ways. Ubuntu has had multiple desktops (or virtual desktops) for many years, and this particular option has been refined over time. Basically, users can add as many desktops as...
  • Top Linux Myths Dispelled

    09/10/2014 4:18:30 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 42 replies
    Datamation ^ | 8 September 2014 | Matt Hartley
    Over the years, we've heard from countless Microsoft Windows fans as to why they believe using Linux was nearly impossible. These folks would cite everything – from poor hardware compatibility to a lack of popular software. And I suppose at one time, some aspects of this were true. But in 2014 when people still claim that using newbie friendly distributions like Ubuntu are too difficult, this nonsense needs to be put to rest once and for all. This article is but a small step in what I hope will be a wake up call for naysayers.Linux Myth #1: Most people...
  • Linux Desktop Fragmentation Is a Feature, Not a Bug

    09/04/2014 12:17:37 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 28 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 4 September 2014 | Silviu Stahie
    One of the most common expressions that you will hear in the Linux community is platform fragmentation, and it's also one of the contra arguments that people spout when citing reasons not to get a Linux OS. I'm here to tell you why platform fragmentation is actually a good thing. First of all, let’s explain what people mean by platform fragmentation, which is also sometimes referred to as desktop fragmentation. The Linux ecosystem is populated by hundreds of active Linux distributions, some of them more popular than others. There are lots of different desktop environments and some of them might...
  • Linus Torvalds Started a Revolution on August 25, 1991. Happy Birthday, Linux!

    08/25/2014 8:24:42 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 12 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 25 August 2014 | Silviu Stahie
    The Linux project has just turned 23 and it's now the biggest collaborative endeavor in the world, with thousands of people working on it. Back in 1991, a young programmer called Linus Torvalds wanted to make a free operating system that wasn't going to be as big as the GNU project and that was just a hobby. He started something that would turn out to be the most successful operating system on the planet, but no one would have been able to guess it back then. Linus Torvalds sent an email on August 25, 1991, asking for help in testing...
  • Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

    08/18/2014 12:15:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 15 Aug 2014 | By Simon Sharwood,
    Windows Phone cracks, Blackberry's out of juice and even Apple's squeezed The Google spawn's market share is up a third compared to the same quarter in 2013. Every other mobile operating system is not even eating Android's dust – they're so far back on the road they can see the plume of dust Android throws up are falling behind and don't even look to have a chance of choking. We offer that analysis because, as the chart below shows, Android's nearest rival – Apple's iOS – now has just 11.7 per cent market share.Top Five Smartphone Operating Systems, Worldwide Shipments,...
  • Will Linux ever be able to give consumers what they want?

    08/16/2014 7:22:36 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 68 replies
    Tech Republic ^ | 14 August 2014 | Jack Wallen
    In the world of consumer electronics, if you don't give the buyer what they want, they'll go elsewhere. We've recently witnessed this with the Firefox browser. The consumer wanted a faster, less-bloated piece of software, and the developers went in the other direction. In the end, the users migrated to Chrome or Chromium.Linux needs to gaze deep into their crystal ball, watch carefully the final fallout of that browser war, and heed this bit of advice:If you don't give them what they want, they'll leave.Another great illustration of this backfiring is Windows 8. The consumer didn't want that interface. Microsoft,...
  • The Complete Beginner's Guide to Linux

    08/15/2014 4:37:21 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 22 replies
    Linux.com ^ | 13 August 2014 | Jack Wallen
    Linux. It’s been around since the mid ‘90s, and has since reached a user-base that spans industries and continents. For those in the know, you understand that Linux is actually everywhere. It’s in your phones, in your cars, in your refrigerators, your Roku devices. It runs most of the Internet, the supercomputers making scientific breakthroughs, and the world's stock exchanges. But before Linux became the platform to run desktops, servers, and embedded systems across the globe, it was (and still is) one of the most reliable, secure, and worry-free operating systems available.For those not in the know, worry not –...
  • The 5 easiest to use modern Linux distributions

    08/14/2014 4:12:43 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 31 replies
    Everyday Linux User ^ | 13 August 2014 | Gary Newell
    Introduction This is part 2 of a series looking to help people find the best Linux distribution for them. In the first part of the series, I looked at some of the best Linux Desktop Environments so that you could eliminate distributions which only use desktops that won't work for you and your setup. The title of this post says it all really. Here are the 5 distributions I would turn to if I wanted to use Linux and I didn't want to be too hassled setting things up and they just work. Notice that the title includes the...
  • Hidden Linux Benefits, Clear Linux Challenges

    08/12/2014 8:22:18 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 50 replies
    Datamation ^ | 11 August 2014 | Matt Hartley
    I have tried and enjoyed a number of great Linux distributions over the years. Some were more popular than others. But the one thing they all have in common is each provides the end user with hidden benefits and unexpected disadvantages over proprietary desktop operating systems.In this article, I'll explore what make the Linux desktop a superb fit for some users while providing thoughts on overcoming the challenges had by others.Desktop Linux is free Perhaps one of the most stunning benefits of the Linux desktop is the price – zero. Modern Linux distros designed for desktop end users remain completely...
  • Kano – simple as Lego, powered by Pi

    08/04/2014 5:37:00 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 9 replies
    Linux User & Developer ^ | 1 August 2014 | David Crookes
    For some time now, there has been much talk about the Raspberry Pi revolutionising the teaching of computing in schools. Linux User & Developer has devoted much space and attention to the growing number of Jamborees and the increasing attention teachers are giving to the small, Ł25 bare-bones machine. It is, say advocates, the perfect way to introduce children to the world of computing, allowing them to see and actually interact with the innards of the machines they are using. It is, they add, a great platform for programming and for creating all manner of electronic wonders.But for former journalist...
  • Linux will not become a gaming platform, it already is one

    08/01/2014 11:35:34 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 29 replies
    Network World ^ | 30 July 2014 | Bryan Lunduke
    The true measure of any great gaming platform is not the number of games available. Nor is it the need to have the same games as other competing platforms (the Playstation 4 doesn't need Mario games to be considered successful). And it really isn't even about how many total games are sold, though that certainly helps. The measure of a great gaming platform is if people want to use it to play games on... rather than another platform. At least on occasion. For example: The SEGA Genesis. That beautiful console sold substantially less than the Super Nintendo. But it was...
  • Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

    07/21/2014 6:45:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 18 Jul 2014 | Iain Thomson
    Malware dubbed Mayhem is spreading through Linux and FreeBSD web servers, researchers say. The software nasty uses a grab bag of plugins to cause mischief, and infects systems that are not up to date with security patches. Andrej Kovalev, Konstantin Ostrashkevich and Evgeny Sidorov, who work at Russian internet portal Yandex, discovered the malware targeting *nix servers. They traced transmissions from compromised computers to two command and control (C&C) servers. So far they have found 1,400 machines that have fallen to the code, with potentially thousands more to come. […] Mayhem spreads by finding servers hosting websites with a remote...
  • New Mayhem malware targets Linux, UNIX servers

    07/18/2014 9:25:58 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 19 replies
    itnews australian ^ | Jul 18, 2014 8:07 AM AUS | Juha Saarinen
    Infections found in Australia and New Zealand. A new malware that runs on UNIX-like servers even with restricted privileges has already infected machines in Australia and is actively hunting for more targets, a new research paper has shown. Three researchers from Russian web provider Yandex - Andrej Kovalev, Konstantin Ostrashkevich and Evgeny Sidorov - said in the technical analysis of the malware, published on security and anti-virus specialist publication Virus Bulletin, that Mayhem functions like a traditional Windows bot. -snip- According to the researchers, Mayhem appears to be the continuation of the Fort Disco brute-force password cracking attack campaign that...
  • AMD Publishes Open-Source Linux HSA Kernel Driver

    07/11/2014 2:35:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    phoronix.com ^ | 10 July 2014 06:23 PM EDT | by Michael Larabel
    AMD has just published a massive patch-set for the Linux kernel that finally implements a HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) in open-source. The set of 83 patches implement a Linux HSA driver for Radeon family GPUs and serves too as a sample driver for other HSA-compatible devices. This big driver in part is what well known Phoronix contributor John Bridgman has been working on at AMD.********************** Heterogeneous System Architecture has been talked up for a while now by AMD as well as ARM vendors and now finally for open-source enthusiasts we can finally start seeing the advantages of the CPU and...
  • Linux dominates supercomputers as never before

    06/25/2014 10:20:01 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 107 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 24 June 2014 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    For years, Linux has ruled supercomputing. So, it came as no surprise to anyone at the Linux Enterprise End-User Summit near Wall Street that once again the Top500 group found in its latest supercomputer ranking that Linux was the fastest of the fast operating systems. With 97 percent of the world's fastest supercomputers running Linux,the open-source operating system has eliminated almost all its rivals. As one Red Hat representative said, "The only thing that would be surprising about Linux being the top dog would be if anything else even came close." He doesn't have any reason to worry.In the latest contest, not only...
  • Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" KDE is out!

    06/23/2014 4:35:56 PM PDT · by Bikkuri · 102 replies
    http://forums.linuxmint.com/index.php ^ | Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:08 am | Clem
    Mint KDE 17 is finally released!
  • The Best Linux Distribution for New Users

    06/11/2014 8:51:19 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 29 replies
    Linux.com ^ | 6 June 2014 | Jack Wallen
    This is a debate that most certainly brings out the beast in many a Linux user. The argument doesn't generally boil down to which distribution is truly best suited for new users, but which distribution is favored by those in the debate. If we set our personal preferences aside, a clearer picture can arise. But even that clarity can quickly get obscured by the needs and desires of the new users. Given that, I decided to take a different approach to finding the “best distro for new users." My criteria for best distribution must not only be easy to use,...
  • [LINUX TECH] Experience with btrfs?

    05/28/2014 12:14:45 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 25 replies
    2014-05-28 19:08:22 UTC | /dev/null
    Sure there are technical forums that discuss btrfs, the shiny new filesystem for Linux but my experience has shown that FReepers meet or exceed the technical expertise anywhere on the net. The two cutting-edge filesystems that are (supposedly) impervious to bitrot are btrfs and zfs (which has a Linux implementation, older than what Oracle has now closed off).
  • The Mac-ifying of the Linux Desktop

    05/21/2014 11:19:14 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 40 replies
    Linux.com ^ | 20 May 2014 | Jack Wallen
    The sheer variety available to the Linux desktop brings with it a level of discussion and debate most other platforms do not know. Which desktop is the best? Should Linux hold onto what has always worked? Should the Linux desktop mimic what others already know? Dare Linux look and feel like OS X?That last idea is a bit of a conundrum – one with multiple arguments. First and foremost, there is no debating that OS X is a fast-growing platform. It not only has deep roots in Linux architecture, it has been accepted by numerous types of users. There...
  • [Vanity:Tech Support] Lilo vs Grub :p (Linux)

    05/10/2014 9:41:34 PM PDT · by Bikkuri · 16 replies
    Self | 5/11/2014 | Bikkuri
    Need Tech Support on Linux
  • How Munich switched 15,000 PCs from Windows to Linux

    05/09/2014 9:47:55 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 21 replies
    Linux Voice ^ | May 9th, 2014 | Mike Saunders
    Hirschgarten, in the west of Munich, is one of Europe’s biggest beer gardens, with over 8,000 places to sit. It’s a spectacular sight in summer: hundreds of benches as far as the eye can see, trees providing some shelter from the heat, and a vast number of people relaxing and enjoying the city’s famous beers. But while 8,000 is an impressive number, it’s not as impressive as 15,000. That’s how many people the Munich city council has switched from Windows to Linux over the last decade. Migrating workers of Germany’s third-largest city was no easy task and there were plenty...
  • Linux Has Too Few Distributions and Desktop Environments

    05/08/2014 4:16:21 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 7 May 2014 | Silviu Stahie
    The Linux platform is actually the base for a multitude of operating systems, but a part of the community feels that there are too many distributions. The truth is that there are probably too few of them. One of the points of contention that usually arise in the Linux community is the fact that there seem to be too many Linux distributions and too many desktop environments. If we were to compare Linux with any other platform that would be true, but such a comparison would be incorrect. Linux is the only platform that allows this kind of freedom, so...
  • opinion/feedback on best budget tablet?

    05/01/2014 9:14:21 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 20 replies
    self | 5/1/14 | NewJerseyJoe
    Asking for opinions on the best budget tablet. Something big enough for me to work on -- i.e., be able to type easily and see the display without holding it six inches from my face. Not worried about communications -- as long as it's got WiFi built in (which I'm sure they all do), I can use my cellphone as a mobile hotspot to transfer/send files. This is intended to be a replacement for a working laptop/notebook. And again -- "budget" is the keyword. Thanks all!.
  • China Is Looking at Linux to Shake Its Dependency on Windows XP

    04/25/2014 7:14:59 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 43 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 24 April 2014 | Staff
    - Ubuntu Kylin China is one of the countries that have suffered the most when Microsoft decided to pull the plug on Windows XP. The Chinese government is now looking towards Linux to fill that gap, and it intends to use its resources to make that happen. China has been struggling for years to make its own Linux operating system, but it had little success. At one point it had something called the Red Flag Linux distribution, but the project never really got off the ground and lost all support from the Chinese government. Microsoft's decision to stop issuing...
  • Rock the Linux kernel module

    04/24/2014 11:34:48 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 9 replies
    TechEye ^ | 24 April 2014 | Nick Farrell
    A popular beat combo from the town which bought us Nirvana has released a debut album as a Linux kernel module alongside the usual formats. Netcat, which shares its name with a networking tool of the same name, told the world+dog on its Facebook page that the world was ready for Linux kernel module music."Are you ever listening to an album, and thinking 'man, this sounds good, but I wish it crossed from user-space to kernel-space more often!' We got you covered. Our album is now fully playable as a loadable Linux kernel module."The album has the catchy title Cycles...
  • Reading Into the Red Hat CentOS Deal

    04/24/2014 8:29:53 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 7 replies
    Linux Insider ^ | 23 April 2014 | Jay Lyman
    Red Hat has proven many times that it can acquire and oversee open source projects without tainting them with commercial efforts or otherwise fouling them up. I expect most CentOS users, like the project itself, stand to gain from wearing Red Hat. As for Red Hat, joining with CentOS represents a net win in terms of growing community, ecosystem and paying customers. There was a somewhat quiet, cost-free acquisition of sorts in the Linux world earlier this year when Red Hat announced it was joining forces with Red Hat Enterprise Linux community clone CentOS. The move, which effectively brings organization,...
  • How to Install and Try Linux the Absolutely Easiest and Safest Way

    04/21/2014 6:10:17 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 32 replies
    Linux.com ^ | 17 April 2014 | Carla Schroder
    In this follow up to Replace the Retiring Windows XP with Linux we're going learn the easiest and most foolproof way to install and run Xubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS on your old Windows XP computer. The only requirements are that your old computer has USB ports, and that it supports booting from a USB stick. If your computer is too old for USB, then it's pretty darned old and you really need to think about getting a newer one. There are but four steps: one, go to OSDisc.com and order Xubuntu Linux on a 32-gigabyte USB stick. Then insert the USB stick into your computer,...
  • 50 Open Source Replacements for Windows XP

    04/21/2014 5:26:29 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 46 replies
    Datamation ^ | 16 April 2014 | Cynthia Harvey
    Microsoft officially ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. That means the company is no longer patching newly discovered security vulnerabilities in the operating system, and people who continue to use it are opening themselves up to security risks. However, according to NetMarketShare, more than a quarter of all PCs (27.69 percent) were still running Windows XP in March of this year.Why would people continue using a twelve-year-old operating system that would put them at risk?No doubt, many are home users who simply aren't very technology savvy and/or may not have the desire or the money to upgrade...
  • ObamaCare enrollees told to change passwords after Heartbleed review (Husseincare bug)

    04/19/2014 5:23:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/19/14
    WASHINGTON – People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government's Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular WhiteHouse.gov...
  • 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 · 62 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...