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Protecting Linux devices with verified boot, from ROM to Userspace

LXer - Fri, 2017-02-17 17:26
Amid growing concern regarding escalating attacks on Linux-based devices, a well-attended talk at ELC Europe 2016 focused on the topic of verified boot schemes. Amid growing attacks on Linux devices, the 2016 Embedded Linux Conference demonstrated a renewed focus on security. One well-attended presentation at ELC Europe covered the topic of verified boot schemes. In […]

Dual Booting Linux with Mac OS

Reddit - Fri, 2017-02-17 17:09

Hey guys,

I want to branch out and become familiar with the Linux operating system. I have lots of experience with command line environments from both the Command Prompt in Windows and Terminal with Mac OS. Because I'm always moving around on campus, I'm considering dual booting Linux from my Macbook Pro.

However, I received this Macbook at another college which I no longer attend after transferring to a different college. I don't have the Mac OS installation software on hand, so I run the risk of trashing my Macbook should the installation go wrong. I still haven't made up my mind if I want to take the risk or not, but if I do decide to risk it, how would you guys recommend going about the process of installing a Linux environment and dual booting along with Mac OS?

P.S. I also read somewhere that dual booting Linux and Mac isn't recommended due to the file systems being different and causing potential problems. What are your thoughts on this?

P.S.S. I am open to dual booting from my Windows desktop as well, but want to exhaust my options with my laptop first.

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Security News

TuxMachines - Fri, 2017-02-17 17:05
  • OpenSSL project releases patch to fix critical bug
  • Microsoft's monthlong patch delay could pose risks [Ed: Microsoft is in no hurry because there are back doors it knows about but keeps secret anyway]

    Microsoft has decided to bundle its February patches together with those scheduled for March, a move that at least some security experts disagree with.

    "I was surprised to learn that Microsoft wants to postpone by a full month," said Carsten Eiram, the chief research officer at vulnerability intelligence firm Risk Based Security, via email. "Even without knowing all the details, I find such a decision very hard to justify. They are aware of vulnerabilities in their products and have developed fixes; those should always be made available to customers in a timely fashion."

    Microsoft took everyone by surprise on Tuesday when it announced that this month's patches had to be delayed because of a "last minute issue" that could have had an impact on customers. The company did not initially specify for how long the patches will be postponed, which likely threw a wre

  • Zero-day flaw around, but Microsoft updates delayed by a month
  • Microsoft misses regular security fix date

    Microsoft has delayed the release of a security update that would have fixed a vulnerability cyber thieves are known to be exploiting.

    The fix was to be released as part of Microsoft's regular monthly security update for its Windows software.

  • How Google reinvented security and eliminated the need for firewalls

    In some ways, Google is like every other large enterprise. It had the typical defensive security posture based on the concept that the enterprise is your castle and security involves building moats and walls to protect the perimeter.

    Over time, however, that perimeter developed holes as Google’s increasingly mobile workforce, scattered around the world, demanded access to the network. And employees complained about having to go through a sometimes slow, unreliable VPN. On top of that, Google, like everyone else, was moving to the cloud, which was also outside of the castle.

  • No Firewalls, No Problem for Google

    On Tuesday at RSA Conference, Google shared the seven-year journey of its internal BeyondCorp rollout where it affirms trust based on what it knows about its users and devices connecting to its networks. And all of this is done at the expense—or lack thereof—of firewalls and traditional network security gear.

  • Android Phone Hacks Could Unlock Millions of Cars

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Vulkan 1.0.41 Specification Released

Phoronix - Fri, 2017-02-17 16:39
Vulkan 1.0.41 was released this morning as the newest revision to this specification for high performance graphics...

Video: Linus Torvalds on How to Build a Successful Open Source Project

Linux.com - Fri, 2017-02-17 16:23

Linux creator Linus Torvalds took the stage at Open Source Leadership Summit this week to share some of his secrets to success in building one of the world’s largest and most successful open source projects.

Red Hat and Fedora

TuxMachines - Fri, 2017-02-17 16:13
  • DLT captures $133.4M Red Hat Navy deal

    DLT Solutions will provide the Navy with Red Hat software and services under a five-year, $133.4 million blanket purchase agreement.

    The BPA includes an enterprise license agreement for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, add-ons, and management and provisioning tools such as Red Hat Satellite.

  • Bluetooth in Fedora

    So… Bluetooth. It’s everywhere now. Well, everywhere except Fedora. Fedora does, of course support bluetooth. But even the most common workflows are somewhat spotty. We should improve this.

  • PHP version 7.0.16 and 7.1.2
  • North America and Fedora: Year in Review

    The past year has proven to be both challenging and demanding for our Ambassadors. During the past year there have been a lot of new ideas proposed and more events that are being sought out attempting to expand our base. Many of the ventures have been with hack-a-thons in several states. This has been a relatively new venture in those areas. Since our involvement in these types of events, we quickly discovered that Fedora and the associated spins were a new tool for most of these individuals attending and participating. That was a surprising fact within the community that the young and impressionable individuals seemed to be using Windows more than any other operating system available. Since those few we (Fedora) attended, there has been an increase in the open source software utilization across the board at these types of events, a total and undeniable success.

  • 2016 – My Year in Review

    Before looking too far ahead to the future, it’s important to spend time to reflect over the past year’s events, identify successes and failures, and devise ways to improve. Describing my 2016 is a challenge for me to find the right words for. This post continues a habit I started last year with my 2015 Year in Review. One thing I discover nearly every day is that I’m always learning new things from various people and circumstances. Even though 2017 is already getting started, I want to reflect back on some of these experiences and opportunities of the past year.


    Towards the end of summer, in the beginning of August, I was accepted as a speaker to the annual Fedora Project contributor conference, Flock. As a speaker, my travel and accommodation were sponsored to the event venue in Kraków, Poland.

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BeyondCorp: A New Approach to Enterprise Security (2014)

LXer - Fri, 2017-02-17 16:12
Virtually every company today uses firewalls to enforce perimeter security. However, this security model is problematic because, when that perimeter is breached, an attacker has relatively easy access to a company’s privileged intranet. As companies adopt mobile and cloud technologies, the perimeter is becoming increasingly difficult to enforce. Google is taking a different approach to network security. We are removing the requirement for a privileged intranet and moving our corporate applications to the Internet.

Android Leftovers

TuxMachines - Fri, 2017-02-17 16:11

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RADV Mesa 17.1-dev vs. AMDGPU-PRO 16.60 Performance

Phoronix - Fri, 2017-02-17 16:06
With Vulkan turning one year old I decided to run some fresh comparison benchmarks of Mesa 17.1-dev RADV (as well as some RadeonSI OpenGL results for reference) compared to AMD's latest public hybrid driver release, the AMDGPU-PRO 16.60.

An Introduction to Regular Expressions for New Linux Users

Linux.com - Fri, 2017-02-17 16:00
Title: An Introduction to Regular Expressions for New Linux Users17 FebLearn more

This Week in Open Source News: Linux Foundation Training Provides Crucial Team Education, Open Source Leadership Summit News & More

Linux.com - Fri, 2017-02-17 16:00
Title: This Week in Open Source News: Linux Foundation Training Provides Crucial Team Education, Open Source Leadership Summit News & More17 FebLearn more

NVIDIA Appears To Finally Be Prepping OpenCL 2.0 Driver Support

Phoronix - Fri, 2017-02-17 15:34
The OpenCL 2.0 specification is going on four years old and it appears NVIDIA's proprietary drivers are finally getting ready to support this newer GPGPU computing specification...

Time-Travel Debugging with ChakraCore and Node.js

Linux.com - Fri, 2017-02-17 15:30

ChakraCore is the Core part of Microsoft Edge's JavaScript Engine as used in Windows 10. It’s a standalone JavaScript engine in its own right but does not include bindings and the API for Windows because this is provided by a larger framework, Chakra. Arunesh Chandra, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, introduced ChakraCore and how it fits into the larger Node ecosystem at Node.js Interactive.

Ubuntu Leftovers and Devices/PCs With Ubuntu

TuxMachines - Fri, 2017-02-17 15:04

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Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS released -Find Out More

LXer - Fri, 2017-02-17 15:03
Ubuntu 16.04.X segment line has gotten its' next maintenance and bug-fix update, Ubuntu 16.04.2, so basically it is the second point update after the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS final for Desktop, Server, Cloud-based ones as well as the different flavored versions of Ubuntu like Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Mythbuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu GNOME have also been availed with their updated images of 16.04.2 version.[....]

Linux Lite Among The Best Lightweight Linux Distributions

TuxMachines - Fri, 2017-02-17 15:01

Today, we will look at Linux lite 3.2. This is neither a distro aiming to be a lightweight distro nor a distro trying to unleash the power of Linux with all apps preloaded. Instead, It tries to strike that perfect balance between them. Now, almost all of the distros aim to do that then, what is so special about this distro which makes it unique. Well, let me introduce to the distro first and I think why it achieved so much more than other distros becomes clear after that.

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Linux Graphics

TuxMachines - Fri, 2017-02-17 14:59
  • What's Still Left TODO With The Intel ANV Vulkan Driver

    With yesterday having marked one year since the release of Vulkan as well as one year since the ANV Vulkan driver code was open-sourced, here's a look at some of what's still left to be tackled by this open-source Vulkan Linux driver for HD/Iris Graphics.

  • Nouveau Changes Prepped For Linux 4.11 Kernel

    Ben Skeggs has queued up the planned open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) driver changes for the imminent Linux 4.11 cycle.

    He now has a linux-4.11 Git branch with the Nouveau DRM driver changes expected for this next kernel cycle.

  • A Lot Of The OpenGL Shader Cache Code Has Landed In Mesa

    Timothy Arceri, who is now working for Valve (on the open-source AMD driver stack after leaving Collabora), has landed significant portions of his work built upon others for providing an on-disk shader cache within Mesa.

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