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Linux Kernel Developer Panel Preview: Introductions and Projects

Linux.com - Mon, 17/03/2014 - 17:27

The Linux kernel developer panel at Collaboration Summit next week is our first opportunity this year to hear directly from Linux kernel developers about which issues and features are top-of-mind for the kernel community now and in the year ahead. 

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Music Creation App LMMS Seeks Feature Freeze Exception for 14.04

Omgubuntu - Mon, 17/03/2014 - 16:04

Music creation enthusiasts are hoping that a faster, sleeker version of Linux Multimedia Studio (LMMS) will be made available in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

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GFI LanGuard 2014: Go on. Find my weaknesses and point them out

The Register - Mon, 17/03/2014 - 14:44
Review Latest version shows what it can do

GFI has launched GFI LanGuard 2014, version 11.2 of its well-tested vulnerability scanning software. I have used LanGuard since 2001, when version 2.0 was released. It has been an invaluable tool in my sysadmin's toolkit and I am curious to see how the software has evolved over the past 13 years.

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ACPI, firmware and your security

Mark Shuttleworth - Mon, 17/03/2014 - 14:05

ACPI comes from an era when the operating system was proprietary and couldn’t be changed by the hardware manufacturer.

We don’t live in that era any more.

However, we DO live in an era where any firmware code running on your phone, tablet, PC, TV, wifi router, washing machine, server, or the server running the cloud your SAAS app is running on, is a threat vector against you.

If you read the catalogue of spy tools and digital weaponry provided to us by Edward Snowden, you’ll see that firmware on your device is the NSA’s best friend. Your biggest mistake might be to assume that the NSA is the only institution abusing this position of trust – in fact, it’s reasonable to assume that all firmware is a cesspool of insecurity courtesy of incompetence of the worst degree from manufacturers, and competence of the highest degree from a very wide range of such agencies.

In ye olden days, a manufacturer would ship Windows, which could not be changed, and they wanted to innovate on the motherboard, so they used firmware to present a standard interface for things like power management to a platform that could not modified to accommodate their innovation.

Today, that same manufacturer can innovate on the hardware and publish a patch for Linux to express that innovation – and Linux is almost certainly the platform that matters. If Windows enters this market then the Windows driver model can evolve to give manufacturers this same ability to innovate in the Windows world, where proprietary unverifiable blobs are the norm.

Arguing for ACPI on your next-generation device is arguing for a trojan horse of monumental proportions to be installed in your living room and in your data centre. I’ve been to Troy, there is not much left.

We’ve spent a good deal of time working towards a world where you can inspect the code that is running on any device you run. In Ubuntu we work hard to make sure that any issues in that code can be fixed and delivered right away to millions of users. Bruce Schneier wisely calls security a process, not a product. But the processes for finding and fixing problems in firmware are non-existent and not improving.

I would very much like to be part of FIXING the security problem we engineers have created in our rush to ship products in the olden days. I’m totally committed to that.

So from my perspective:

  • Upstream kernel is the place to deliver the software portion of the innovation you’re selling. We have great processes now to deliver that innovation to users, and the same processes help us improve security and efficiency too.
  • Declarative firmware that describes hardware linkages and dependencies but doesn’t include executable code is the best chance we have of real bottom-up security. The Linux device tree is a very good starting point. We have work to do to improve it, and we need to recognise the importance of being able to fix declarations over the life of a product, but we must not introduce blobs in order to short cut that process.

Let’s do this right. Each generation gets its turn to define the platforms it wants to pass on – let’s pass on something we can be proud of.

Our mission in Ubuntu is to give the world’s people a free platform they can trust.  I suspect a lot of the Linux community is motivated by the same goal regardless of their distro. That also means finding ways to ensure that those trustworthy platforms can’t be compromised elsewhere. We can help vendors innovate AND ensure that users have a fighting chance of privacy and security in this brave new world. But we can’t do that if we cling to the tools of the past. Don’t cave in to expediency. Design a better future, it really can be much healthier than the present if we care and act accordingly.

 

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Rackspace opens the door wide for open-source development

Zdnet news - Mon, 17/03/2014 - 00:55
Rackspace, one of OpenStack's founders, takes open source very, very seriously. How seriously? Their "Rackers" can work on open-source projects that compete with the company's own open-source programs.
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OpenStack's top operating system: Ubuntu Linux

Zdnet news - Mon, 17/03/2014 - 00:52
Lots of operating systems run on the OpenStack cloud, but Ubuntu Linux is most users' favorite.
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Geeksphone ‘In Talks’ to Bring Ubuntu Touch to Latest Smartphone

Omgubuntu - Sun, 16/03/2014 - 16:20

Geeksphone are 'in talks' with Canonical to bring Ubuntu Touch to its latest dual-core Intel-based 'Revolution' smartphone.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

The Register - Sat, 15/03/2014 - 03:11
Peak Microsoft Apple's OS X share more than doubles in past six years, Windows below 90% – first time since the 90s

According to two different web-analytics groups – NetMarketShare and StatCounter – Windows' market share has dropped to below 90 per cent for the first time since the mid 1990s and the juggernaut that was Windows 95.

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Extra Photo Added to Ubuntu 14.04 Community Wallpaper Pack

Omgubuntu - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 16:15

An extra image has been added to the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Community Wallpaper pack.

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Vine's 'educational nudity': 'So if I write 1+1=2 on my boobs we're grand?'

The Register - Fri, 14/03/2014 - 10:01
Quotw Plus: 'A death-spiral in your IT and change capability is OK?'

This was the week when the internet World Wide Web turned 25 and websites were stuffed with listicles and infographics telling us all about it. But said sites also unfortunately found it difficult to differentiate between the Web and the internet.

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Mir Display Server May Not Arrive on Desktops As Default Until 2016

Omgubuntu - Thu, 13/03/2014 - 22:09

Ubuntu's next generation display server Mir, developed by Canonical as a flexible alternative to Wayland and XServer, may be facing another delay on its way to the desktop.

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Linux Video of the Week: Preview of Web Browser Gaming via Unreal Engine 4 in Firefox

Linux.com - Thu, 13/03/2014 - 19:05

While Valve has been busy proving that Linux and open source are the future of gaming with the Steam operating system and gaming consoles, Mozilla and Epic Games have been making their own strides in the open source gaming revolution on the Web.

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Ubuntu Shows Up in TV News Report on Robotics

Omgubuntu - Thu, 13/03/2014 - 16:10

If you’re a Brit of a certain age then you’ll associate ‘Newsround‘ with a warm, post-teatime feeling of childish abandon. Take a moment to wipe an imaginary spaghetti hoop off of your chin before you move on. The daily news bulletin is aimed at kids between the ages of 9 – 12 and covers both real-word […]

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Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you

The Register - Thu, 13/03/2014 - 00:14
Canonical supremo Mark Shuttleworth spills beans on mobe price tags

Just because Ubuntu Mobile is based on Linux doesn't mean Ubuntu handsets will be really cheap, like phones running some other open-source mobile operating systems.

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Delphix: Hey now, we're the database hostess with the Postgres

The Register - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 23:47
Version 4 also frees data on Unix to escape to Linux land

Database virtualization startup Delphix has added support for Postgres as the company hopes to broaden the appeal of its snapshot-on-steroids software.

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How to Use the Super Fast i3 Tiling Window Manager on Linux

Linux.com - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 20:24

Never get lost on your Linux desktop again, and make fast, full use of your screen real estate with the i3 tiling window manager.

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Red Hat gets serious about supporting container-style virtualization

Zdnet news - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 19:55
Containers aren't quite virtual machines, but with recent advances in Linux, they can do many of the same jobs as a VM while using far less memory.
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Dell cooks up an Android PC on an HDMI stick

Zdnet news - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 18:55
Dell's Wyse division, takes an HDMI stick, adds some Android, mixes in some thin-client sauce, and bakes up a new kind of portable PC.
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At $200 to $400, Are Ubuntu Phones Priced for Success?

Omgubuntu - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 17:09

The first pair of Ubuntu phones will be priced at $200 to $400, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, the company developing the mobile OS, has said.

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30 Linux Kernel Developer Work Spaces in 30 Weeks: Jes Sorensen

Linux.com - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 16:22

Jes Sorensen, a Linux kernel engineer on the Platform Enablement Team at Red Hat, gives us a video tour of his home office.

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