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Linux Graphics News

At the start of this quarter we looked at how 2013's graphics developments were more incremental than revolutionary, perhaps with the need for LTS stability in mind. Things are looking quite different this year, with several major changes quietly under way.

PiPhone – A Raspberry Pi based Smartphone

Here’s my latest DIY project, a smartphone based on a Raspberry Pi. It’s called – wait for it – the PiPhone. It makes use an Adafruit touchscreen interface and a Sim900 GSM/GPRS module to make phone calls. It’s more of a proof of concept to see what could be done with a relatively small form factor with off-the-shelf (cheap) components. I don’t expect everyone to be rushing out to build this one, but I had great fun in doing it...

The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

  • Wired; By DOUG BIEREND (Posted by bob on Apr 26, 2014 1:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Sitting incongruously among the hangars and laboratories of NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is the squat facade of an old McDonald's. You won't get a burger there, though-its cash registers and soft-serve machines have given way to old tape drives and modern computers run by a rogue team of hacker engineers who've rechristened the place McMoon's. These self-described techno-archaeologists have been on a mission to recover and digitize forgotten photos taken in the ‘60s by a quintet of scuttled lunar satellites.

Debian: 2912-1: openjdk-6: Summary

Several vulnerabilities have been discovered in OpenJDK, an implementation of the Oracle Java platform, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code, breakouts of the Java sandbox, information disclosure or denial of service.

LG opening up WebOS, Smart TV winning raves

As LG’s WebOS-based Smart TV earns a rave review, Linux.com examines how LG quickly merged its TV platform into WebOS with a little help from Yocto.........not only has WebOS emerged as a potent contender for Internet TV, but LG has begun to release portions of the platform as open source.

Baseboard morphs BeagleBone Black into 3.5-inch SBC

A new Kickstarter project aims to fund a 3.5-inch SBC-sized baseboard that adapts a BeagleBone Black and/or Raspberry Pi for use in real-world applications. Oregon-based APlus Mobile came up with the idea for the MotherBone PiOne when trying to add peripherals to the Linux-ready BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi Model B single board computers.

How to manage your music library from the command line on Linux

  • Xmodulo (Posted by bob on Apr 25, 2014 7:52 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The command line in Linux is probably one of the scariest experience for a newcomer there is. I remember spending hours back in the day trying to decode an error message in my terminal. However, it was completely worth it. If I had to pick only one reason for a newcomer to learn to deal […]Continue reading... The post How to manage your music library from the command line on Linux appeared first on Xmodulo. Related FAQs: How to manage VMs with OpenStack command line tools How to view or edit pdf/image metadata from command line on Linux How to identify video formats from command line on Linux How to download YouTube playlist in Linux How to download webcomics from the command line on Linux

Linux Foundation announces heavily-funded development Initiative

With the aid of Amazon, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Google, VMWare and more the Linux Foundation hopes to help critical open source projects in wake of Heartbleed

Five common pitfalls to avoid in open source

  • opensource.com (Posted by bob on Apr 24, 2014 12:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source software, hardware, and methods are gaining popularity and access to them couldn't be more prolific. If you're thinking about starting a new open source project, there are five common pitfalls you should be aware of before you begin. Don't despair if you've already started your project and are just now reading this! These pointers can be helpful at any stage if things are still running smoothly. Fail faster and succeed with open source. 5 common pitfalls of a new open source project

How to close an open DNS resolver

The DNS server that we have created in the previous tutorial is an open DNS resolver. An open resolver does not filter any incoming requests, and accepts queries from any source IP address. Unfortunately, an open resolver can become an easy target to attackers. For example, attackers can initiate a Denial of Service (DoS) or […]Continue reading... The post How to close an open DNS resolver appeared first on Xmodulo. Related FAQs: How to run iptables automatically after reboot on Debian What are available iptables management tools with GUI? How to set up a transparent proxy on Linux How to count the number of open network connections on Linux How to set up a transparent HTTPS filtering proxy on CentOS

Designing a Prize for Usable Cryptography

  • Electronic Frontier Foundation; By Peter Ecklersley (Posted by bob on Apr 24, 2014 10:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
EFF is evaluating the feasibility of offering a prize for the first usable, secure, and private end-to-end encrypted communication tool. We believe a prize based on objective usability metrics (such as the percentage of users who were able to install and start using the tool within a few minutes, and the percentage who survived simulated impersonation or man-in-the-middle attacks) might be an effective way to determine which project or projects are best delivering communication security to vulnerable user communities; to promote and energize those tools; and to encourage interaction between developers, interaction designers and academics interested in this space.

US government accelerating development and release of open source

I had a chance to catch up with David A. Wheeler, a long-time leader in advising and working with the US government on issues related to open source software. As early as the late 1990s, David was demonstrating why open source software was integral to the US goverment IT architecture, and his personal webpage is a frequently cited source on open standards, open source software, and computer security. In this interview, we explore the current state of use of open source software by the US government, the challenges of the Federal acquisition system, and what he's excited about as he looks ahead for open source and government.

Open source tools allow Project Tango to evolve with speed and agility

Google's Project Tango is a platform for Android phones and tablets designed to track the full 3-dimensional motion of the device as you hold it, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment around it. The devices track themselves with an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and collect 3D points with a built-in depth-sensing camera. Project Tango is progressing at a fast pace thanks to many open source tools that facilitate the use of the 3D data.  Only 200 of these devices have been made available to early testers and developers, and we had the luck of getting two of them at Kitware.

OnePlus One smartphone has vendor supported root

This phone was launched today with CyanogenMod pre-installed, unlocked bootloader, and you won't void your warranty if you access root. Check out the impressive hardware specs... 2.5GHz quad-core, 3GB memory and a 13 Mpixel compound-lens camera.

An introduction to the School of Open

  • opensource.com (Posted by bob on Apr 23, 2014 11:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Every generation since the beginning of human existence has passed its value system, principles, methodologies, and skillsets on to the next generation. This passing on of information within cultures has been followed by the development of a systematic approach to learning techniques. Formal structures were created throughout the world to learn and apply these skillsets.

Wireless router garment runs on Linux threads

  • LinuxGizmos (Posted by bob on Apr 23, 2014 8:15 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The “BB.Suit,” a wearable wireless router garment prototype created by Dutch design house By Borre, runs OpenWRT Linux on a TP-Link router board. Last month at South-by-Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, Dutch fashion designer Borre Akkersdijk unveiled his wearable computer called the BB.Suit. While most wearables are eye- or wrist-wear, the BB.Suit is an actual […]

Fixing OpenSSL's Heartbleed flaw will take MONTHS, warns Secunia

Expunging the Heartbleed bug from vulnerable computers and gadgets is likely to take months, according to a leading vuln research firm. The cautionary assessment by Secunia comes as more and more products are judged to be vulnerable to the infamous OpenSSL security flaw.

Even the most secure cloud storage may not be so secure, study finds

Some cloud storage providers who hope to be on the leading edge of cloud security adopt a "zero-knowledge" policy in which says it is impossible for customer data to be snooped on. But a recent study by computer scientists at Johns Hopkins University is questioning just how secure those zero knowledge tactics are.

Targeted Attack Uses Heartbleed to Hijack VPN Sessions

A targeted attack against an unnamed organization exploited the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability to hijack web sessions conducted over a virtual private network connection.

Five Things in Fedora This Week (2014-04-22)

  • Fedora Magazine; By Matthew Miller (Posted by bob on Apr 23, 2014 12:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Fedora
A round up of weekly events in Fedora.

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