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OpenMandriva Lx 3.02 Distro Is Being Prepped with KDE Plasma 5.9.5 and Mesa 17.1

Sat, 2017-05-20 00:52

The OpenMandriva team announced earlier this week that the second important update to the OpenMandriva Lx 3 series of the Linux-based operating system is being prepped with many of the latest applications and technologies.

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Ubuntu Leftovers

Sat, 2017-05-20 00:51

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Feren OS: A Linux Desktop Game-Changer

Fri, 2017-05-19 22:43

Feren OS is a polished and well-stocked Linux distro that comes close to being an ideal replacement for Microsoft Windows and macOS. In fact, this impressive Linux OS is a very attractive replacement for any Linux distro.

The only impediment to this assessment is dislike of the Cinnamon desktop. Feren OS does not give you any other desktop options. However, it comes with a wide assortment of configuration choices that let you tweak the look and feel into almost any customized appearance you could want.

It also is super easy to install. This makes it suitable for those migrating to Linux -- or at least to this operating system. Feren OS offers a specialized software repository that is colorful and efficient to use. It has several specialized launchers to install and configure software packages with a single mouse click.

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Android Leftovers

Fri, 2017-05-19 22:13

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Windows Intruded by CIA

Fri, 2017-05-19 16:20
  • Athena

    Today, May 19th 2017, WikiLeaks publishes documents from the "Athena" project of the CIA. "Athena" - like the related "Hera" system - provides remote beacon and loader capabilities on target computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system (from Windows XP to Windows 10). Once installed, the malware provides a beaconing capability (including configuration and task handling), the memory loading/unloading of malicious payloads for specific tasks and the delivery and retrieval of files to/from a specified directory on the target system. It allows the operator to configure settings during runtime (while the implant is on target) to customize it to an operation.

    According to the documentation (see Athena Technology Overview), the malware was developed by the CIA in cooperation with Siege Technologies, a self-proclaimed cyber security company based in New Hampshire, US. On their website, Siege Technologies states that the company "... focuses on leveraging offensive cyberwar technologies and methodologies to develop predictive cyber security solutions for insurance, government and other targeted markets.". On November 15th, 2016 Nehemiah Security announced the acquisition of Siege Technologies.

  • WikiLeaks Reveals 'Athena' CIA Spying Program Targeting All Versions of Windows

    WikiLeaks has published a new batch of the ongoing Vault 7 leak, detailing a spyware framework – which "provides remote beacon and loader capabilities on target computers" – allegedly being used by the CIA that works against every version of Microsoft's Windows operating systems, from Windows XP to Windows 10.

    Dubbed Athena/Hera, the spyware has been designed to take full control over the infected Windows PCs remotely, allowing the agency to perform all sorts of things on the target machine, including deleting data or uploading malicious software, and stealing data and send them to CIA server.

  • Microsoft held back free patch that could have slowed WannaCry

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Android Leftovers

Fri, 2017-05-19 04:27

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OSS Leftovers

Thu, 2017-05-18 22:55
  • Sprint NFV/SDN Research Leads to Open Source Project for Network Efficiency

    Mobile carrier Sprint has culminated four years of research into Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) with a new open source offering designed to make core networks more efficient through new-age virtualization techniques.

  • TensorFlow: Providing Support to a Successful Open-Source Project

    Building a community around an open-source project requires a number of practices regarding support, pull requests handling, licensing, and more, writes Pete Warden, TensorFlow Mobile lead at Google.

    A great challenge in the early life of a new project, explains Warden, is providing support to those who are using it. At first, the only available experts are the developers themselves, who have to find a way to integrate their day-to-day tasks with other support duties. This is not entirely straightforward, since it may take developers outside of their comfort zone and potentially distract them from their main tasks. The TensorFlow team dealt with this challenge by establishing a rotation among all engineers, so each engineer took responsibility for a particular area for one full week approximately once every couple of months.

  • AT&T's Donovan defends operator's embrace of open source software

    “It really doesn’t have a downside,” Donovan said of the proliferation of open source software in the telecom industry. He explained that operators can either choose to simply obtain open source solutions for free through open source groups, or they can opt to participate in open source communities by designing and building solutions.

  • AT&T’s Donovan: Open Source is Necessary to Win the War

    AT&T’s transformation from traditional telco to an open source champion was largely driven by John Donovan, the company’s chief strategy officer and group president. Donovan took the stage at Light Reading’s Big Communications Event today to tell those questioning the necessity of open source projects that they are “dead wrong.”

    Donovan said that competition from over-the-top players, cable companies, and others are making it critical for AT&T to move to open source. “Our open source projects have doubled in the past year,” Donovan said, adding that sitting around and operating in a traditional telecom mode is no longer effective.

  • 3D Hardware Acceleration in Haiku

    The Mesa renderer in Haiku presently ventures into software rendering. Haiku uses software for rendering frame buffers and then writes them to the graphics hardware. The goal of my project is to port Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) Driver for i915, from the Linux kernel to Haiku with the help of DragonflyBSD's Linux Compatibility layer, so that those drivers can be later extended to add OpenGL support (Mesa3D) for hardware accelerated 3D rendering.

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Tizen Everywhere at Samsung

Thu, 2017-05-18 22:22

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Security Leftovers

Thu, 2017-05-18 18:42
  • A Step Forward for Security [iophk: "end point compromise negates many theoretical advantages"]

    While we are all mesmerized by the presidential crises, a small, but quite significant change occurred in Congress: the Senate Sergeant at Arms approved the use of Signal by Senate staff. Signal, a product of Open Whisper Systems, provides end-to-end encryption for Apple and Android phones.

  • Why Europe’s dependency on Microsoft is a huge security risk

    On May 12, hackers hit more than a hundred countries, exploiting a stolen N.S.A. tool that targeted vulnerabilities of Microsoft software. The attacks infected only machines running on Windows operative system. Among the victims are public administrative bodies such as NHS hospitals in the UK. Investigate Europe spent months to investigate the dire dependency of European countries on Microsoft – and the security risks this entails

  • NSA told Microsoft about stolen exploits: officials

    Current and former NSA officials say the agency informed Microsoft about the theft of the exploit named EternalBlue after learning of it, making it possible for the Redmond software giant to issue a patch for it in March. The exploit was used in the WannaCry ransomware attacks over last weekend.

  • Shadow Brokers claims Microsoft hand-in-glove with NSA

    The group that released NSA exploits for Windows, which were used in massive ransomware attacks last weekend, has accused Microsoft of being hand-in-glove with The Equation Group, a group that is believed to be a front for the NSA.

  • NSA officials worried about the day its potent hacking tool would get loose. Then it did.

    But for more than five years, the NSA kept using it — through a time period that has seen several serious security breaches — and now the officials' worst fears have been realized. The malicious code at the heart of the WannaCry virus that hit computer systems globally late last week was apparently stolen from the NSA, repackaged by cybercriminals and unleashed on the world for a cyberattack that now ranks as among the most disruptive in history.

  • Shadow Brokers threaten to unleash more hacking tools

    The so-called Shadow Brokers, who claimed responsibility for releasing NSA tools that were used to spread the WannaCry ransomware through the NHS and across the world, said they have a new suite of tools and vulnerabilities in newer software. The possible targets include Microsoft's Windows 10, which was unaffected by the initial attack and is on at least 500m devices around the world.

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Android Domination and Android O

Thu, 2017-05-18 18:06
  • Android now has more than two billion active users

    It doesn't come as a surprise, though, as Android's share of the mobile market continues to grow, and claimed a record 88 per cent of the global market back in November 2016. iOS, meanwhile, bagged just 12.1 per cent of the market.

  • Android O is shaping up to be exactly what Android needs

    Today’s Google I/O presentation was as wide-ranging as the company’s various ventures into future technology, though the biggest cheers of excitement were inevitably reserved for Android. I just got my first taste of Google’s next iteration, codenamed Android O, and it looks like it’s targeting exactly the areas where Google’s mobile OS needed improvement.

  • Android O Beta: Our first take

    Whatever Google ends up calling it, the Mountain View, California, company is prepping its next major Android release: Android O. On March 21, it made everything official except the name.

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Red Hat News

Thu, 2017-05-18 17:04
  • Forsythe Named Red Hat's Innovation Partner of the Year
  • Red Hat: The Future Of Open Source

    OpenStack is an open source cloud operating system that allows businesses to develop their own solutions for any operating needs, resulting in a lean, efficient, and effective private enterprise solution. At the very core of the cloud segment, is its foundation of the Linux software. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), while continuing to grow in the mid-teens, will tremendously help to grow another segment of Red Hat's business as they develop and grow their open source cloud software, Red Hat OpenStack. RHEL makes up nearly 67% of the $2 billion Linux market, which will allow them to cross-sell Red Hat OpenStack to new and continuing clients as the shift to the hybrid cloud grows. Red Hat has been actively marketing and selling their emerging cloud technologies, with this segment of their business growing at over a 35% CAGR. The transition to the cloud by companies all around the world will make up an addressable market of $5 billion for OpenStack, and we believe that Red Hat is in a position to take control of this market by leveraging their successful Linux operating system.

  • Red Hat Positions Ansible as the Automation Platform for the Enterprise
  • 4 ways Red Hat is addressing the IT skills gap

    A technology skills panel which convened at the recent Red Hat Summit in Boston consisted of the following key personnel:

    Ken Goetz, VP, Training Services, Red Hat
    Jan Mark Holzer, manager, Software Engineering & consulting engineer, Red Hat
    Tom Callaway, manager, Software Engineering & team lead, Education Outreach, Red Hat

    These executives answered questions from the audience regarding the current technology skills gap in the tech industry, what needs to be done, and what Red Hat is doing to help fix this through educational endeavors.

  • ASEAN Enterprises Accelerate Digital Transformation Initiatives With Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform

    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that enterprises in the ASEAN region have adopted Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform to enable faster application delivery. Ranging from the telecommunications and financial services industries, organizations in ASEAN are deploying Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform to enable their developers to more quickly develop, host, and scale applications in cloud environments.

  • Red Hat's Cormier dishes on OpenShift.io and Container Health Index

    Cormier: In the past, developers would just go grab code and throw it over the wall to the operators. And now, what's happening with DevOps, operators are giving developers a platform with all the pieces they need. By the time they're done building [an app], it's ready to be put in operation because it's already on supported components. It's on supported containers, for example, which is a Linux distro. They don't have to replatform it. I've said it until I was blue in the face -- a container is Linux. It's just Linux carved up in a different way.

  • Red Hat Inc (RHT) Rating Increased to Strong-Buy at Zacks Investment Research
  • Bullish Options Activity in Red Hat (RHT) Continues -Susquehanna

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Samsung Z4, Tizen 4.0 and More Tizen

Thu, 2017-05-18 16:53

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Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11 Xfce and MATE Spins Now Available for Download

Thu, 2017-05-18 16:03

Black Lab Software's Roberto J. Dohnert is informing us today about the availability for download of two new official spins of the recently released Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11 operating system, with the Xfce and MATE desktop environments.

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Fedora 27 Workstation Linux Could Let You Share Printers from Android Devices

Thu, 2017-05-18 15:55

Red Hat's Jiří Eischmann is informing the Fedora Linux community today about the upcoming availability of some long-anticipated printing improvements to the Workstation edition of the operating system.

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The ultimate Linux Trojan horse: Windows Subsystem for Linux

Thu, 2017-05-18 15:50

I'm a Linux user. And, as the old adage goes, "I don't do Windows."

This is not an article about how Linux is superior to Windows. Truth be told, I don't begrudge any person's choice of computing environment—be it Windows, Mac, BSD, Amiga. What each person uses is truly up to them. Me? I use open source. I use free software. I use Linux.

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Tiny Snapdragon 820 module offers Linux, Android 7.0, and 9-axis MEMs

Thu, 2017-05-18 15:39

Mistral’s 51 x 26mm “820 Nano SOM” features a Snapdragon 820 SoC, up to up to 6GB LPDDR4 and 128GB storage, plus WiFi, BT, GPS, and a 9-axis MEMS.

Bangalore, India-based Mistral Solutions, which has previously released a Nano SOM computer-on-module built around the i.MX6, has now launched an 820 Nano SOM that taps Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820. The tiny module runs Linux or Android 7.0 “Nougat” on the Snapdragon 820, which features four Kryo cores — two at 2.2GHz, and two at 1.6GHz — plus a 624MHz Adreno 530 GPU, a Hexagon 680 DSP, and a 14-bit Spectra ISP. The strikingly small dimensions of the 820 Nano SOM, which are variably listed as 51 x 26mm and 51.5 x 24.5mm, are actually quite consistent with previous Snapdragon 820-based COMs.

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Why Europe’s dependency on Microsoft is a huge security risk

Thu, 2017-05-18 14:04

On May 12, hackers hit more than a hundred countries, exploiting a stolen N.S.A. tool that targeted vulnerabilities of Microsoft software. The attacks infected only machines running on Windows operative system. Among the victims are public administrative bodies such as NHS hospitals in the UK. Investigate Europe spent months to investigate the dire dependency of European countries on Microsoft – and the security risks this entails

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today's leftover

Thu, 2017-05-18 11:56
  • GNOME Internet Radio Locator [10.0.0 released]
  • GNOME Layout Manager – Make GNOME Desktop Look Like Unity, Mac or Windows
  • Teaching Your Computer
  • Wine 2.8 Has Better HiDPI Support, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III Fixes

    Linux fans interested in running the latest Windows games and apps will be glad to learn that the Wine 2.8 development release arrived with support for the newest game titles and dozens of improvements to older ones.

    Incorporating two week's worth of enhancement and bug fixes, Wine 2.8 makes the Direct3D command stream to run asynchronously, improves the HiDPI (High Dots Per Inch) settings, implements system tray notifications on Apple's macOS platform, and introduces better automatic detection of parallel and serial ports.

  • New Debian Developers and Maintainers (March and April 2017)

    The following contributors got their Debian Developer accounts in the last two months:

    Guilhem Moulin (guilhem)
    Lisa Baron (jeffity)
    Punit Agrawal (punit)

    The following contributors were added as Debian Maintainers in the last two months:

    Sebastien Jodogne
    Félix Lechner
    Uli Scholler
    Aurélien Couderc
    Ondřej Kobližek
    Patricio Paez

    Congratulations!

  • Artila Launches the Linux-Ready IoT Gateway Matrix-710 for M2M Applications

    Artila Electronics, which specializes in the development and manufacture of Linux-ready ARM embedded industrial computers, launches the highly integrated compact Box Computer , Matrix-710, based on ARM Cortex-A5, especially for industrial control, automation gateway, mobile gateway, smart energy application. Matrix-710 adapts the innovated technology of ARM processor coupled with the open Linux operating system, which provides the backbone for innovative smart IoT solutions. To achieve the need for M2M application, it equips the WiFi, cellular modems which allow Internet connectivity and GPS for location information transition, considering the practical needs, Matrix-710 also offers a miniPCIe slot for users to deploy these modules easily.

  • Get Familiar with Your Android Smartphone
  • Behold, auto-completing Android bug reports – because you're not very thorough
  • Open Source an 'Overrated Necessity,' Says PCCW [Ed: No, insisting you don't need Free software is like insisting you can put back doors in software, like Microsoft, and be OK]

    If open source has swiftly become the latest religious practise in the telecom industry, it is still attracting its share of skeptics and unbelievers.

    Some were on display at this week's annual TM Forum Live conference in Nice, where Shahar Steiff, an assistant vice president at Hong Kong's PCCW, described open source as an "overrated necessity" in front of conference attendees.

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