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Free Software Foundation recommendations for free operating system distributions considering Secure Boot

  • Free Software Foundation; By John Sullivan (Posted by bob on Jun 30, 2012 10:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, Microsoft
"Under the guise of security, a computer afflicted with Restricted Boot refuses to boot any operating systems other than the ones the computer distributor has approved in advance. Restricted Boot takes control of the computer away from the user and puts it in the hands of someone else. To respect user freedom and truly protect user security, computer makers must either provide users a way of disabling such boot restrictions, or provide a sure-fire way that allows the computer user to install a free software operating system of her choice."

Ahead of the Pack: the Pacemaker High-Availability Stack

A high-availability stack serves one purpose: through a redundant setup of two or more nodes, ensure service availability and recover services automatically in case of a problem. Florian Haas explores Pacemaker, the state-of-the-art high-availability stack on Linux.

Lightworks Is Almost Ready For Linux Release

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Jun 19, 2012 6:33 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Lightworks, the high-end non-linear video editor that was open-sourced, is almost ready to finally debut on Linux...

The limits of openness

  • The H Open Source (Posted by bob on Jun 19, 2012 5:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As the business of mapping becomes more competitive and as Open Street Map goes from strength to strength, Glyn Moody looks at the privacy hurdles the mappers will all face and in particular, how it could affect the open source map creators

Richard Stallman talking in the UK

  • The H Open Source (Posted by bob on Jun 18, 2012 7:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Richard Stallman is giving three talks in the UK in June and for those who want to catch the founder of the Free Software Foundation.

Intel CPUs affected by VM privilege escalation exploit

  • The H Open Source (Posted by bob on Jun 13, 2012 10:22 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
A security vulnerability in virtualisation software built into Intel's hardware allows an attacker to execute code in Ring 0 of the CPU on certain 64-bit operating systems and the Xen hypervisor

Thief open-sources Richard Stallman's laptop, passport, visa

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Jun 12, 2012 12:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Free Software firebrand's hardware liberated in Argentina Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, was distressed to find his personal belongings had been liberally distributed sans GPL - his prized laptop, wallet and passport were nicked at a conference in Argentina.…

Provider Object Support For RandR 1.5

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Jun 10, 2012 12:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The latest work by David Airlie for improving the X.Org infrastructure to handle modern GPU features (e.g. multi-GPUs, Optimus-like capabilities, etc) comes in the form of a proposed RandR protocol update...

CentOS details efforts to maintain speedy release schedule

The CentOS developers have been hard at work insuring that future releases of the clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux will not be delayed. Two of the developers are now employed full time to work on the distribution

UEFI Secure Boot

Red Hat clarifies the rational behind its decision to adopt Microsoft's UEFI boot lock certificate.

Stabilising update for BIND DNS server

  • The H Open Source (Posted by bob on Jun 6, 2012 5:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Zero length records can cause the DNS Server BIND to become unstable or disclose the contents of memory to clients. Updates are now available

Fedora Linux capitulates to Microsoft boot certificate

To run on UEFI-secured machines, the next version of Fedora will use a digital key from Microsoft.

Fedora 17 declared Gold, release date set for May 29

  • Fedora mailing list; By Robyn Bergeron (Posted by bob on May 24, 2012 11:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
At the Fedora 17 Final Go/No-Go meeting today, the F17 Final Release (RC4) was declared GOLD and ready for GA on May 29, 2012.

Google did not breach Oracle patents, a court has found

  • BBC (Posted by bob on May 23, 2012 3:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google did not infringe patents owned by software developer Oracle, a jury in a California court found on Wednesday.

VIA Launches its Banana PC, i.e. The $49 Android PC

  • bsn; By Theo Valich (Posted by bob on May 22, 2012 5:49 PM EDT)
Couple of days ago, WonderMedia (subsidiary of VIA Technologies, which in turn is a subsidiary of Formosa Plastics) announced its latest SoC processors, the 800MHz WM8950 and the faster 1.2GHz WM8850 with 512MB of DDR3 memory and 2GB nand flash. Display is via hdmi.

Google designed Street View Wi-Fi slurp FIVE YEARS AGO

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Apr 30, 2012 12:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Wheels fall off 'one rogue engineer' claim Google knew its Street View cars were slurping personal data from private Wi-Fi routers for three years before the story broke in April 2010.…

Simon Speech Recognition Project Moves to KDE

Simon, KDE's speech recognition software, has recently migrated from Sourceforge to KDE's Git infrastructure. Developed to allow people with physical disabilities to control their computers entirely by voice, Simon has found its way into voice-controlled media centers in homes for the elderly and most recently in assistive care-giving robots. The move has also brought Simon into KDE Extragear, the kde-accessibility mailing list, and KDE's accessibility sub-forum for user support. The community around Simon has grown since the move, so this is a good time to join in for those interested in improving Simon or KDE's other accessibility projects. The Simon Listens e.V. is also accepting tax-deductible donations (translated from German) to further support development of their software. Simon's lead developer Peter Grasch shares his experience migrating to the KDE ecosystem. read more

Trying Out Wayland With Rebecca Black

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Mar 25, 2012 2:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For those that may have extra time this weekend and have been meaning to try out the experimental Wayland Display Server, one of the easiest ways to try out this eventual X.Org Server replacement is by using a Wayland LiveCD that's dubbed Rebecca Black. Besides including a recent snapshot of Wayland, it also integrates the support for various tool-kits and other applications...

Windows 8's five biggest enemies

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Feb 16, 2012 11:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
We’re finding out more and more about Windows 8 as its beta release approaches. And, you know what? The more I find out, the more I feel secure about saying Windows 8 will be a flop.

Democrats to continue Internet coup with new cyber bill

  • The Daily Caller; By Josh Peterson (Posted by bob on Feb 7, 2012 2:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, following a recent anti-piracy legislative debacle with SOPA and PIPA, will lead his second effort of 2012 to push Internet-regulating legislation, this time in the form of a new cybersecurity bill.

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