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Firefox to make life harder for HTTPS snoopers

  • The H Open (Posted by bob on Nov 8, 2012 12:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The latest beta uses a built-in list of domains, such as, where it will force the browser to only use encrypted connections. This is designed to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks overriding HSTS headers

The case for digital literacy and open source in classrooms

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 8, 2012 11:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Municipalities across America should be working to bring open source educational tools to schoolchildren so they will have the necessary digital literacy skills to tap into their creativity and imagination, or even to provide them with valuable future life and workforce skills. And the case of the Feoffees of the Grammar School in Ipswich, Massachusetts—the oldest charitable trust in America—illustrates this point well. 

Microsoft: TypeScript isn't a JavaScript killer

It's not about the language, it's about the tools Build 2012 Microsoft may have a poor track record for web standards compliance, but if the capacity crowd at Microsoft Technical Fellow Anders Hejlsberg's Build conference session on TypeScript was any indication, Redmond's JavaScript alternative has struck a nerve with coders who have grown frustrated with the web's de facto applications language.…

Microsoft takes on GitHub with cloudy Team Foundation Service

Not just for Windows developers, either Build 2012 Microsoft has announced general availability of Team Foundation Service (TFS), its new, cloud-based portal for code hosting and software development project management, along with a free subscription plan for small teams.…

Talk Of Fedora As A Rolling-Release Distribution

Following word that the state of the Fedora 18 release is looking poor and the F18 Beta saw its sixth delay, there's now talk of turning Fedora into a rolling-release Linux distribution...

Android Rules the Smartphone World

  • LinuxInsider (Posted by bob on Nov 3, 2012 9:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Android dominates the worldwide smartphone market, running on 75 percent of all smartphones shipped throughout the globe in the third quarter, IDC reported. Samsung continued to hold sway over the Android market, but its market share slipped because of competition from a multitude of smaller vendors. Apple's iOS came in a poor second, shipping on 26.9 million smartphones in Q3 2012.

Going Over The Graphics Execution Manager

For those not yet familiar with GEM, the Graphics Execution Manager, that Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver uses for in-kernel memory management, here's a brief guide...

Ext4 bug patched

The cause of the bug that was found in Linux's Ext4 filesystem last week has been identified. The main Ext4 developer, Ted Ts'o, has submitted a patch for inclusion in kernel version 3.7

Seeking Enlightenment

With a release of Enlightenment E17 being very likely at Linuxcon Europe on 5 November, The H spoke to project leader Carsten "Rasterman" Haitzler about how the desktop has been progressing and what are the project goals

Plone CMS vulnerable to privilege escalation and code execution

  • The H Open (Posted by bob on Oct 31, 2012 11:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The developers of the open source content management system have warned of multiple security holes that could be exploited to bypass security restrictions or execute arbitrary code. Patches will not be released until 6 November

Free download of CrossOver for Linux and Mac today

  • The H Open (Posted by bob on Oct 31, 2012 10:44 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
CodeWeavers is currently giving away copies of the WINE-based CrossOver for Linux and Mac OS X; this is a result of a US presidential election "get out the vote" campaign which apparently failed to meet its goals

Introduction to Migration Advisor quick fixes

  • IBM developerWorks : Linux (Posted by bob on Oct 31, 2012 9:47 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Learn how to fix migration problems in your application by using the Migration Advisor tool, which is part of the IBM Software Development Kit (SDK) for PowerLinux.

Ubuntu 12.10: Open-Source Radeon vs. AMD Catalyst Performance

With Ubuntu trying to improve their OpenGL driver support state to push the Linux OS as a platform for gaming, Valve going to be promoting the closed-source NVIDIA and AMD drivers on Linux, and various other challenges still turning up for those trying to use the different Linux OpenGL drivers, here are some new benchmarks comparing the open-source Radeon Gallium3D driver against the closed-source AMD Catalyst driver.

Google's Nexus 10 Hits Apple Where It Lives

  • LinuxInsider (Posted by bob on Oct 31, 2012 2:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google canceled its New York press event Monday due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, but that didn't stop it from announcing its new Nexus 10 tablet, along with the Nexus 4 smartphone and Android 4.2, an update to Jelly Bean. A step up in size from the Asus-made Nexus 7, released in July, the Samsung-made Nexus 10 will be available beginning Nov. 13.

EFF calls Ubuntu Shopping Lens a "major privacy problem"

  • The H Open (Posted by bob on Oct 30, 2012 2:32 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu; Story Type: News Story
The EFF has criticised Canonical for its recent inclusion of the shopping lens feature in Ubuntu 12.10 and the way the company is handling data collected by the software

Opengov techies give back with apps and expertise

Smaller governments, typically those in rural towns, don’t have the IT capacity to foster serious innovation in citizen participation like governments in larger cities do. Two groups decided it was time to give back and have come together to share their technical knowledge and expertise: OpenColorado and Colorado Code for Communities will combine community, platform, and digital literacy to create a hosted service platform that includes open data with different web and mobile applications.  

Forgetting Microsoft: How Steve Ballmer's Surface could win

Ignore Apple, it's Google he must take on Open ... and Shut In a Windows world we bought the product. In Google's world we are the product. Judging from market share trends, we apparently don't mind being bought and sold. At least, so long as the price is right.…

The H Roundup - Google Drive backdoor, Wayland 1.0 and Raspberry Pi

In the week ending 27 October - Google Drive clients open backdoors, Wayland hit its 1.0 milestone and the Raspberry Pi got its ARM code open sourced. Also, Mozilla and CryptoParties, and attacking TrueCrypt

Yocto Project 1.3 includes AutoBuilder

  • Heise (Posted by bob on Oct 27, 2012 3:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With the release of version 1.3, the team at the Yocto Project has added a number of developer-visible features to its embedded distribution builder. First announced in October 2010, the open source collaboration project (a Linux Foundation workgroup) is aimed at device builders. It provides templates, tools and methods for developers to create Linux-based systems for various embedded systems and processor architectures such as ARM, MIPS, PPC or x86.

Tiki Wiki 9.2 can now check system requirements

  • The H Open (Posted by bob on Oct 27, 2012 12:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Version 9.2 of the wiki, CMS and groupware solution introduces the Tiki Server Check, a feature for testing whether server environment meets Tiki's minimum requirements

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