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Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

Linux Slashdot - Sun, 18/01/2015 - 16:56
Qbertino writes After a long period of evaluation and weighing cons and pros I've gotten myself a brand new Android tablet (10" Lenovo Yoga 2, Android Version) destined to be my prime mobile computing device in the future. As any respectable freedom-loving geek/computer-expert I want to root it to be able to install API spoofing libraries and security tools to give me owners power over the machine and prevent services like Google and others spying on me, my files, photos, calendar and contacts. I also want to install an ad-blocking proxy (desperately needed — I forgot how much the normal web sucks!). I've searched for some rooting advice and tools, and so far have only stumbled on shady looking sites that offer various Windows-based rooting kits for android devices. What's the gist on all this? How much of this stuff is potential malware? What are your experiences? Can I usually trust rooting strategies to be malware-free? Is there a rule-of-thumb for this? Is there perhaps a more generic way for a FOSS/Linux expert who isn't afraid of the CLI to root any Android 4.4 (Kitkat) device? Advice and own experiences, please.

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Why Run Linux On Macs?

Linux Slashdot - Sun, 18/01/2015 - 14:27
jones_supa writes Apple has always had attractive and stylish hardware, but there are always some customers opting to run Linux instead of OS X on their Macs. But why? One might think that a polished commercial desktop offering designed for that specific lineup of computers might have less rough edges than a free open source one. Actually there's plenty of motivations to choose otherwise. A redditor asked about this trend and got some very interesting answers. What are your reasons?

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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Linux Slashdot - Sat, 17/01/2015 - 17:07
An anonymous reader writes "Linus Torvalds has sent a lengthy statement to Ars Technica responding to statements he made in a conference in New Zealand. One of his classic comments in NZ was: "I'm not a nice person, and I don't care about you. I care about the technology and the kernel — that's what's important to me." On diversity, he said that "the most important part of open source is that people are allowed to do what they are good at" and "all that stuff is just details and not really important." Now he writes: "What I wanted to say — and clearly must have done very badly — is that one of the great things about open source is exactly the fact that different people are so different", and that "I don't know where you happen to be based, but this 'you have to be nice' seems to be very popular in the US," calling the concept of being nice an "ideology"."

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

The Register - Sat, 17/01/2015 - 13:00
Dodgy shell script triggers classic rm -rf /

Linux desktop gamers should know of a bug in Valve's Steam client that will, if you're not careful, delete all files on your PC belonging to your regular user account.

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Introduction to the OpenStack API

Linux.com - Fri, 16/01/2015 - 23:38

Included with OpenStack is an API that you can use for writing software that manages a cloud. In this tutorial I get you up and running using the OpenStack API.

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New Linux Foundation Self-Paced Sysadmin Course Will Prep You for Certification

Linux.com - Fri, 16/01/2015 - 23:16

 Following our groundbreaking certification program and the wildly successful Intro to Linux edX MOOC (300,000+ students), The Linux Foundation has now launched a self-paced course that builds on the MOOC and prepares candidates for the LFCS certification exam.

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​New version of Xen hypervisor arrives for the cloud and enterprise

Zdnet news - Fri, 16/01/2015 - 20:01
The new open-source Xen hypervisor boasts improved ARM and Intel hardware support.
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AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

Linux Slashdot - Fri, 16/01/2015 - 19:06
An anonymous reader writes: Tests of the AMD Catalyst driver with the latest AAA Linux games/engines have shown what poor shape the proprietary Radeon driver currently is in for Linux gamers. Phoronix, which traditionally benchmarks with open-source OpenGL games and other long-standing tests, recently has taken specially interest in adapting some newer Steam-based titles for automated benchmarking. With last month's Linux release of Metro Last Light Redux and Metro 2033 Redux, NVIDIA's driver did great while AMD Catalyst was miserable. Catalyst 14.12 delivered extremely low performance and some major bottleneck with the Radeon R9 290 and other GPUs running slower than NVIDIA's midrange hardware. In Unreal Engine 4 Linux tests, the NVIDIA driver again was flawless but the same couldn't be said for AMD. Catalyst 14.12 wouldn't even run the Unreal Engine 4 demos on Linux with their latest generation hardware but only with the HD 6000 series. Tests last month also showed AMD's performance to be crippling for NVIDIA vs. AMD Civilization: Beyond Earth Linux benchmarks with the newest drivers.

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6 Linux Apps to Watch For in 2015

Linux.com - Fri, 16/01/2015 - 18:43

There are some outstanding projects on the horizon that could easily bring the Linux desktop into a realm of relevancy it has yet to enjoy.

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‘Unity Greeter Badges’ Brings Missing Session Icons to Ubuntu Login Screen

Omgubuntu - Fri, 16/01/2015 - 18:17

A new package pitched at Ubuntu 15.04 will fix a usability paper cut in the Unity Greeter when other desktop environments are installed.

The post ‘Unity Greeter Badges’ Brings Missing Session Icons to Ubuntu Login Screen first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

Linux Slashdot - Fri, 16/01/2015 - 16:15
An anonymous reader sends a report of a bug in Steam's Linux client that will accidentally wipe all of a user's files if they move their Steam folder. According to the bug report: I launched steam. It did not launch, it offered to let me browse, and still could not find it when I pointed to the new location. Steam crashed. I restarted it. It re-installed itself and everything looked great. Until I looked and saw that steam had apparently deleted everything owned by my user recursively from the root directory. Including my 3tb external drive I back everything up to that was mounted under /media. Another user reported a similar problem — losing his home directory — and problems with the script were found: at some point, the Steam script sets $STEAMROOT as the directory containing all Steam's data, then runs rm -rf "$STEAMROOT/"* later on. If Steam has been moved, $STEAMROOT returns as empty, resulting in rm -rf "/"* which causes the unexpected deletion.

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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Linux Slashdot - Fri, 16/01/2015 - 14:50
M-Saunders writes: Systemd is ambitious and controversial, taking over a large part of the GNU/Linux base system. But where did it come from? Even Red Hat wasn't keen on it at the start, but since then it has worked its way into almost every major distro. Linux Voice talks to Lennart Poettering, the lead developer of Systemd, about its origins, its future, its relationship with Upstart, and handling the pressures of online flamewars.

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Ubuntu 15.04 Finally Lets You Set Menus To ‘Always Show’

Omgubuntu - Fri, 16/01/2015 - 14:08

If you hate the way that Unity's global menus fade out of view after you mouse away, Ubuntu 15.04 has a little extra to win you around.

The post Ubuntu 15.04 Finally Lets You Set Menus To ‘Always Show’ first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

The Register - Fri, 16/01/2015 - 11:03
Review ARM chippery finds another natural home

Take a quick gander at any decent tech news site and you'll find stories about Chromebook sales doubling in 2014 and the Googly laptop being a gadget that is here to stay. That’s why every self-respecting PC maker is muscling in on the Chromebook scene.

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

The Register - Fri, 16/01/2015 - 10:03
It's a post-post-post PC world

After such a banner year of Linux releases it might seem overly pessimistic to pause and ask this question: is there a future beyond this?

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Xen accelerates ARM server race with version 4.5

The Register - Fri, 16/01/2015 - 04:01
1TB memory for guests on ARM and lots of VM-wrangling fun for admins

Version 4.5 of the Xen hypervisor is upon us.

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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

Linux Slashdot - Thu, 15/01/2015 - 19:35
An anonymous reader writes I'm in the camp that doesn't trust systemd. You can discuss the technical merits of all init solutions all you want, but if I wanted to run Windows NT I'd run Windows NT, not Linux. So I've decided to migrate my homebrew router/firewall/samba server to one of the BSDs. Question one is: which BSD? Question two: where's some good documentation regarding setting up a home router/firewall on your favorite BSD?It's fine if the documentation is highly technical, I've written linux kernel drivers before :)

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The Companies That Support Linux: Micron Technology Inc.

Linux.com - Thu, 15/01/2015 - 18:33

Storage industry technologies are undergoing a major shift and operating systems must evolve to keep pace with the change. That's one reason why Micron Technology, a global leader in advanced semiconductor systems including DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash, recently joined the Linux Foundation as a corporate member.

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Microsoft snubs Codeplex, moves big projects to GitHub

The Register - Thu, 15/01/2015 - 15:26
Redmond deploys its Knights who say NIH*

Microsoft has completed the move of Roslyn, the next-generation open source compiler for C# and Visual Basic, from CodePlex to GitHub.

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Linux Mint Unveils Pocket-Sized ‘MintBox Mini’ PC

Omgubuntu - Thu, 15/01/2015 - 14:18

Linux Mint has announced that a new PC in its 'MintBox' line of PCs is coming in the spring: the 'MintBox Mini'.

The post Linux Mint Unveils Pocket-Sized ‘MintBox Mini’ PC first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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