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Linux Foundation:Blockchain and ONF/ONOS

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-10-20 00:11
  • Blockchain technology can help save the lives of millions of refugees by giving them a verified identity

    What if you had no proof of who you are? What would you do when the bank manager asked for ID when you tried to open an account or when the hospital asked for your documentation?

    You wouldn’t be able to function, at least not easily. Billions face this problem internationally, but now blockchain technology is helping those with no paper proof of existence get the same services as those with “official” identification.

  • Open Networking Foundation and ON.Lab Merge

    As Software Defined Networking (SDN) has matured from just being a theoretical concept to a production reality, consolidation is now happening in SDN advocacy efforts as well. Today the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and ON.Lab announced that they would be merging, bringing the two groups' SDN efforts under one umbrella organization.


    There is also a connection between ONF and the Linux Foundation, with the ONOS and CORD projects led by ON.Lab. Parulkar said that with the ONF merger, the ONOS and CORD boards and governance will continue unchanged and they will continue to be Linux Foundation Collaborative projects.

  • ONF to Merge With On.Lab

    The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is merging with On.Lab, creating one entity that will curate standards such as OpenFlow while developing software projects such as ONOS and the Central Office Re-Imagined as a Datacenter (CORD).

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NethServer 7 RC1 Replaces Snort with Suricata, Adds Deep Packet Inspection

TuxMachines - Thu, 2016-10-20 00:07

The development of the CentOS-based, server-oriented NethServer 7 operating system continues, and today, October 19, 2016, Alessio Fattorini informed Softpedia about the availability of the first Release Candidate (RC) version.

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Linux Foundation Takes JavaScript Under Its Wings

LinuxToday - Thu, 2016-10-20 00:00

The JS Foundation is now a Linux Foundation Project.

Games for GNU/Linux

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-10-19 23:55

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Linux Kernel News

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-10-19 23:54
  • Linux 4.9 Is Showing Some Performance Improvements On A Core i7 6800K

    Now that Linux 4.9-rc1 is out, it's onward to testing this new Linux kernel on the dozens of test systems at Phoronix. With some early testing on a Core i7 6800K Broadwell-E box, there are some promising improvements.

  • Linux 4.10 To Expose EFI Framebuffer Configuration

    While Linux 4.9-rc1 was only released this past weekend, the EFI subsystem changes are already being staged for the next kernel cycle.

    One of the EFI changes catching my attention for Linux 4.10 is that the EFI frame-buffer configuration will be exposed. This will allow for localized status strings during firmware updates.

  • Features You Won't Find In The Linux 4.9 Mainline Kernel

    While there are many new features in Linux 4.9, there is some functionality we've been looking forward to that sadly isn't yet in the mainline kernel tree.

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RaspEX Project Now Lets You Run Ubuntu 16.10 on Raspberry Pi 3 and 2, with LXDE

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-10-19 23:43

Today, October 19, 2016, GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informed us about the immediate availability of a new build of his RaspEX project, which brings the latest Ubuntu OS to Raspberry Pi users.

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Nasdaq Selects Drupal 8

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-10-19 23:42

Dries Buytaert announced today that Nasdaq Corporate Solutions has selected Drupal 8 and will work with Acquia to create its Investor Relations Website Platform. In the words of Angela Byron, a.k.a "Webchick", "This is a big freakin' deal."

Direct: Nasdaq using Drupal 8 for new Investor Relations websites

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Microsoft’s CEO Says Windows Is “The Most Open Platform” Ever

LXer - Wed, 2016-10-19 23:25
Satya Nadella talks Windows and platform openness.

Android Leftovers

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-10-19 23:16

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Red Hat and Fedora

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-10-19 23:16
  • Red Hat brings enterprise mobile apps to its containers platform

    Linux major Red Hat has unveiled its Red Hat Mobile Application Platform, a containerized offering designed to run in any public or private cloud or on-premise infrastructure that supports its Enterprise Linux. When used alongside Red Hat’s existing SaaS (software-as-a-service) mobile app platform, enterprises gain a wider set of deployment options to integrate, manage, and scale their mobile app initiatives to meet their business objectives, said the company.

  • Red Hat flaunts new curriculum offering

    The solution provides higher education institutions with the support to offer exams and courses centred around Red Hat technology.

    “Red Hat Academy goes beyond just implementing the software,” said Mustapha Hill, Channel Ecosystem Leader, MENA, Red Hat. “With this initiative, we actually advise universities on how they can implement software training into their curriculum. We do this because we want graduates to eventually be able to gain employment in the market based on their knowledge of Red Hat technology.

  • Fedora kernel scripting

    When I joined the Fedora kernel team about 1.5 years ago, I was the first brand new person in a long time. My teammates had most of the infrastructure instructions for the kernel in their brains. Part of my new hire tasks were documenting the steps for working with the Fedora kernel. These days, I can do most of the day to day tasks in my sleep. The tasks are still somewhat manual though which leaves room for error. I've decided to correct this by scripting some of the more manual parts.

  • Going to FUDCon: Phnom Penh Edition

    A little over a year ago, FUDCon APAC happened in Pune. I know because I lost a lot of nights sleep over it. The event also marked a turning point in my life because it coincided with my decision to move on from Red Hat and accept an offer with Linaro, a decision that I can say now was among the best I have taken in my life despite the very difficult choice I had to make to leave arguably the best team one could ever work with. FUDCon also brought me in touch with many volunteers from across Asia and it was interesting to see the kinds of challenges they faced when talking about Fedora and Open Source in general. That was also when I got to know Nisa and Somvannda from Cambodia better, especially when I had the chance to go over to Phnom Penh for APAC budget discussions. They had wanted to do a FUDCon in Phnom Penh in 2015 and we simply put out a better bid then.

  • Tommorow FOSSASIA meets PyLadies Pune

    Tomorrow we have a special PyLadies meetup at the local Red Hat office. Hong Phuc Dang from FOSSASIA is coming down for a discussion with the PyLadies team here. She will be taking about various projects FOSSASIA is working on, including codeheat. In the second half I will be taking a workshop on creating command line shell using Python.

  • Deploy containers with Atomic Host, Ansible, and Cockpit
  • How to Install Atom in Fedora

    A text editor is an important tool for developers, since they spend a lot of time using one. This article is about Atom, a cool modern editor.

    Atom is a free and open source text editor developed in 2015 by Github. Its developer calls it “the hackable text-editor for the 21st century.” It offers vast language support, and easy customization. It also works as an integrated development environment, or IDE. It comes with some built-in packages, but you can install other packages too. Most of these are freely licensed and maintained by community. Of course, it’s also free of cost.

  • debugging koji build failures

    From time to time builds fail in koji (The Fedora build system), and it’s good to know how to figure out where to look for the reason. Koji has a central hub that manages jobs and a bunch of builders that actually do the builds. When someone initiates a build you are talking to the hub and either uploading a src.rpm (for a scratch build) or telling it to use a particular git hash/repo for an official Fedora build. For official builds, koji will first generate a job to build the src.rpm from git and the packages lookaside cache with the source. This job will run on some builder thats ready and has capacity for it. Once the src.rpm is generated (or if you are providing it for a scratch build), the hub will generate build tasks for all the arches that are set in the target tag you are building to. Each one of those will go out to a builder of the right arch type that is enabled and has capacity, etc. If any of these fail, the entire build fails.

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Security News

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-10-19 23:15
  • Security advisories for Wednesday
  • Security bug lifetime

    In several of my recent presentations, I’ve discussed the lifetime of security flaws in the Linux kernel. Jon Corbet did an analysis in 2010, and found that security bugs appeared to have roughly a 5 year lifetime. As in, the flaw gets introduced in a Linux release, and then goes unnoticed by upstream developers until another release 5 years later, on average. I updated this research for 2011 through 2016, and used the Ubuntu Security Team’s CVE Tracker to assist in the process. The Ubuntu kernel team already does the hard work of trying to identify when flaws were introduced in the kernel, so I didn’t have to re-do this for the 557 kernel CVEs since 2011.

  • Reproducible Builds: week 77 in Stretch cycle

    After discussions with HW42, Steven Chamberlain, Vagrant Cascadian, Daniel Shahaf, Christopher Berg, Daniel Kahn Gillmor and others, Ximin Luo has started writing up more concrete and detailed design plans for setting SOURCE_ROOT_DIR for reproducible debugging symbols, buildinfo security semantics and buildinfo security infrastructure.

  • Veracode security report finds open source components behind many security vulnerabilities [Ed: not a nice firm]

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Linux Kernel News

TuxMachines - Wed, 2016-10-19 23:14
  • Linux kernel bugs: we add them in and then take years to get them out

    Kees Cook is a Google techie and security researcher whose interests include the Linux Kernel Self Protection Project.

    The idea of “self-protection” doesn’t mean giving up on trying to create secure code in the first place, of course.

    It may sound like an irony, but I’m happy to accept that writing secure code requires that you simultaneously write code that is predicated on insecurity.

  • storaged - next evolution step of udisks2

    What do you think about the above goals? Do you think GNU/Linux distributions should and will adopt storaged as a replacement for *udisks2"? Would you like your favorite distribution to do so? Or do you see a really bumpy road ahead? Please tell us what you think in the comments and if you know about somebody who should read this post and participate in the broader discussion, don't forget to let them know and send them the link!

  • Ten Years of KVM

    We recently celebrated 25 years of Linux on the 25th anniversary of the famous email Linus sent to announce the start of the Linux project. Going by the same yardstick, today marks the 10th anniversary of the KVM project — Avi Kivity first announced the project on the 19th Oct, 2006 by this posting on LKML...

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Nomulus: Google open-sources TLD registry platform

LinuxToday - Wed, 2016-10-19 23:00

What Nomulus does, in essence, is manage the domain names under a top-level domain.

Linux for X220

Reddit - Wed, 2016-10-19 22:27


I just purchased a lenovo x220 off ebay. It should be coming in the mail any day now. Any recommendations on an OS? I have used Ubuntu as my daily driver, but that was on a beefy desktop. Any recommendations on a fully functional OS on the x220 (things work without much tinkering)?

Thanks all

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Researcher unveils second Samsung Pay vulnerability

LXer - Wed, 2016-10-19 22:11
The new vulnerability, which will be demonstrated at the Ekoparty security conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina next week, uses the NFC communication standard and can be exploited with no new equipment at all -- just an app.

Is it possible to set a time limit on an active ssh connection for a specific linux user?

Reddit - Wed, 2016-10-19 22:05

I am currently working on an idea for a fun CTF challenge. One of the major hurdles of this challenge however is allowing a user a specific amount of time on an ssh connection.

Essentially the user must ssh into a linux VM using the challenge user. They have 10 minutes to find 10 pieces of the flag that must be arranged in a certain order before the SSH session is terminated triggering an event that swaps the location of the flag pieces around. At this point the user must open a new SSH connection and continue searching.

The main issue here is limiting the amount of time the user has. Is this even possible with SSH? If so how do I accomplish this?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Facebook's 100-gigabit switch design is out in the open

LinuxToday - Wed, 2016-10-19 22:00

 NetworkWorld: Facebook's bid to open up networking is moving up into nosebleed territory for data centers.


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