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Tizen News: Imo, Samsung Smart TV and More

Thu, 2017-08-10 14:23

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OSS: Paranoid Android, Networking, Apache OpenOffice (AOO), Liferay and New FUD

Thu, 2017-08-10 14:21
  • All Parts Of The Paranoid Android ROM Are Now Open Source

    Paranoid Android, one of the most popular custom ROMs on the Android scene, is now completely open source, with all parts of it now available for members of the community to use and modify. All of Paranoid Android’s original features like the Color Engine and Accidental Touch are hence open to anyone and can be compiled right alongside stock AOSP or put into other ROMs. The full codebase is available on GitHub and can be contributed to with approval, integrated into original projects, or simply recompiled from scratch for just about any Android device. This means that AOSPA can now expand to any device with a willing maintainer, rather than only those that the official AOSPA team wants to support on their own.

  • Open source network tools compete with shrinking vendor equipment

    Vendor equipment consolidation does a lot of things -- both good and bad -- to the service-provider buyer. It also affects network design and deployment -- including service automation and the tools that can make it happen -- and the potential for vendor lock-in, unless operators back open source network tools.

    To start with the good, the first effect of network vendor equipment consolidation is a reduction in vendor costs, which is what drives consolidation in the first place. That lets prices fall. Obviously, the price-reduction effect of consolidation can't last forever, which means, eventually, other pressures could make network vendor equipment consolidation a net risk to operators.

  • Waiting for AOO

    Eleven months ago, Dennis Hamilton, the chair of the Apache OpenOffice (AOO) project's project management committee at the time, raised the idea of winding the project down. He worried that AOO lacked a critical mass of developers to keep things going, and that no new developers were coming in to help. At the time, various defenders came forward and the project decided try to get back on track. Nearly a year later, a review of how that has gone is appropriate; it does not appear that the situation has gotten any better.

    The project did manage to get the 4.1.3 bug-fix release — its first in nearly one year — out in October, but has not made any releases since. At the time, the plan was to move quickly to release 4.1.4, followed by a 4.2.0 feature release shortly thereafter. The 4.1.4 branch was created on October 11, shortly before the 4.1.3 release. Since then, it has accumulated 24 changesets (which map to about 30 changes in the original SVN repository). There have only been four commits to this branch since early February, at least one of which includes security fixes.

  • Liferay Puts Open Source Community In the Driving Seat with New Tools and Developer Relations Team

    Liferay, Inc., which makes digital experience software for enterprises, today announced a new initiative intended to reinvent the Liferay open source community experience to better support its growing international needs.

  • Is the end of open source VoIP in sight? Five reasons why it's on the way out [Ed: Brendan Ritchie from some proprietary software firm is attacking FOSS with very old FUD on behalf of his employer]

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GhostBSD 11.1 Alpha

Thu, 2017-08-10 14:19
  • GhostBSD 11.1 Enters Alpha: FreeBSD 11.1 Paired With MATE, Xfce Desktops

    While TrueOS (formerly PC-BSD) is arguably the most well known desktop variant of FreeBSD, GhostBSD has been gaining ground as well as a FreeBSD-based desktop-friendly operating system. Today marks the availability of GhostBSD 11.1 Alpha.

  • GhostBSD 11.1 ALPHA1 is ready!

    This first alpha development release of GhostBSD 11.1 is ready for testing. All MATE and XFCE image is available with i386 and amd64 architectures. We hope to see a lot of people helping to test this next release.

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Programming: JDK 9 RC, NASA/EOSDIS and Basecamp

Thu, 2017-08-10 14:17
  • JDK 9: First Release Candidate

    There are no unresolved P1 bugs in build 181, so that is our
    first JDK 9 Release Candidate.

  • Java JDK 9 Sees Its First Release Candidate

    The first release candidate of Oracle's Java JDK 9 is now available for testing.

    Java 9 is running behind schedule compared to its plan to ship in July but now available is the first release candidate of JDK 9. Delays of Java 9 have happened largely because of "Project Jigsaw", Java's new module system.

  • NASA/EOSDIS Earthdata

    he book, it goes without saying, focused on Python for the analysis and interpretation of satellite data (in one of the many topics covered). After that I spent some time working with satellite and GIS data in general using Erlang and LFE. Ultimately though, I found that more and more projects were using the JVM for this sort of work, and in particular, I noted that Clojure had begun to show up in a surprising number of Github projects.

  • Making pay transparent at Basecamp retains talent

    There are no negotiated salaries or raises at Basecamp. Everyone in the same role at the same level is paid the same. Equal work, equal pay.

    We assess new hires on a scale that goes from junior programmer, to programmer, to senior programmer, to lead programmer, to principal programmer (or designer or customer support or ops . . .). We use the same scale to assess when someone is in line for a promotion.

    [...]

    No scheme of pay is perfect, but at least with a model like this, nobody is forced to hop jobs just to get a raise that matches their market value. Which is reflected in the fact that we have lots of people at Basecamp who've been here for a long time with no plans to leave.

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Security: Updates, Mastering matplotlib, Carbon Black, DDOS Arrests, and HashiCorp

Thu, 2017-08-10 14:14
  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Mastering matplotlib: Acknowledgments
  • More Details on the PACER Vulnerability We Shared with the Administrative Office of the Courts

    PACER/ECF is a system of 204 websites that is run by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AO) for the management of federal court documents. The main function of PACER/ECF is for lawyers and the public to upload and download court documents such as briefs, memos, orders, and opinions.

    In February we reported that we disclosed a major vulnerability in PACER/ECF to the AO. The proof of concept and disclosure/resolution timeline are available here.

  • Endpoint security firm leaking terabytes of data

     

    Endpoint security software vendor Carbon Black has been found to be exfiltrating data from several Fortune 1000 companies due to the architecture of its Cb Response software, the information security services and managed services provider DirectDefense claims.  

  • Teenagers charged over allegedly running huge DDoS operation

     

    Two Israeli teenagers, who have been alleged to have co-founded and run a company used for launching distributed denial of service attacks, have been arrested and indicted on conspiracy and hacking charges.  

  • HashiCorp Vault Brings Disaster Recovery to Secrets Management

    HashiCorp has released new versions of both its open-source and enterprise editions of its Vault secrets management platform, providing new scalability and security operations capabilities.

    Vault helps organizations securely store and access application tokens, passwords and authentication credentials, which collectively are commonly referred to as "secrets" in an information security context.

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Canonical Starts Work on a Linux 4.12 Kernel for Ubuntu 17.10 for Raspberry Pi 2

Thu, 2017-08-10 12:53

Canonical on Wednesday announced that the Ubuntu Kernel Team had started work on a Linux 4.12-based kernel for the Raspberry Pi 2 variant of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system.

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The best open source CRM software

Thu, 2017-08-10 12:50

If you're a small business looking to take the next step in your evolution, you may be looking at implementing a customer relationship management (or CRM) solution. But with enterprise-grade vendors like Oracle and Salesforce charging such a high premium for their services, how can smaller companies afford to get started with CRM software?

The answer lies in open source. As with many kinds of software, there are multiple vendors who provide open source CRM solutions that are completely free to use. They may have restrictions on them, such as limited features and support, but for small businesses looking to try out CRM, they can be an excellent starting point.

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GNOME's Epiphany Web Browser Enables Firefox Sync by Default for GNOME 3.26 Beta

Thu, 2017-08-10 11:32

The first Beta release of the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment is upon us, currently scheduled to land today, August 9, 2017, but most probably will be delayed a day or two as not all components have been released.

Also: GNOME 3.26's Nautilus File Manager Gets Full-Text Search Support, Flatpak Builds

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System76 Wants to Add Productivity Tools for Professionals to Pop!_OS Linux

Thu, 2017-08-10 11:29

Just like Canonical, System76, the computer reseller specialized in the sale of laptops, desktops, and servers powered by Linux-based operating systems, is doing a great job at providing transparency to their development of Pop!_OS.

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Mozilla Firefox 55 Brings Virtual Reality to the Web

Thu, 2017-08-10 11:25

If you are setting up WordPress on a new Linux VPS for the first time you may face some problems like missing some PHP extensions. One example is missing the MySQL extension and this is a common problem since the extension doesn't come by default with many operating systems. In this tutorial we will help you to fix the problem with the missing extension and complete the WordPress installation successfully.

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How to find the right Linux distribution for you

Thu, 2017-08-10 11:22

Which Linux distribution is right for you? It's a question anyone in IT knows might come across their desk at some point. I'm going to make the answering of this question a bit easier. To reach a conclusion, you have to first ask yourself if you need commercial technical support. If the answer is "yes," then you turn to Red Hat, SUSE, or Ubuntu. Know this: With both Red Hat and Ubuntu, support is an add on cost. SUSE, on the other hand, includes a certain level of support when you purchase their enterprise product.

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7 open source Twitter bots to follow

Thu, 2017-08-10 11:15

We are quickly entering a world in which you may spend more of your day communicating with robots than with humans.

Don't believe me? Ask yourself how many times you've used an automated checkout machine or ATM in lieu of a human, called the 1-800 number for a customer service need and been greeted by a machine, asked Google or Alexa what temperature to roast your brussels sprouts at, or interfaced with a website that gave you a personalized recommendation.

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