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Verizon Launches Tech News Blog... That Bans Any Articles About Net Neutrality Or Government Surveillance

Patrick O'Neill, over at The Daily Dot, has a scoop about Verizon getting directly into our game: tech blogging. It's launched a brand new tech news website, called SugarString, which apparently is supposed to compete with other tech news sites.

Drupal Users Had Seven Hours to Patch or Be Hacked

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Oct 31, 2014 8:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
How the Drupal project was able to define the window of vulnerability is thanks in no small part to its community of hosting vendors. Greg Knaddison, director of engineering at Card.com and a member of the Drupal Security Team, explained to eWEEK that several companies that provide hosting focused on Drupal decided to create platform-level protection against this issue that not only mitigated the attacks, but also recorded data about them.

Collection of Useful Bash Functions and Aliases

  • TuxArena; By Craciun Dan (Posted by Chris7mas on Oct 31, 2014 7:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
What follows is a collection of some of the aliases and functions that I use frequently, and which I believe may be useful to others as well. I showed them here in no particular order.

Atom-based Ubuntu Touch tablet specs leaked

Specs have been leaked for a 10.1-inch Ubuntu Touch tablet called “UT One” that runs on an Intel Atom Z3735D SoC, with shipments expected in December. The UT One tablet was revealed by Phoronix, which said the leak came from Andrew Bernstein, a Linux developer who had previously launched a failed Arch Linux spinoff called “Operating System U” that included the MATE desktop environment and Wayland windows manager.

Canonical Adds Ubuntu OpenStack Distribution for Open Source Cloud Computing

Canonical has announced its own distribution of OpenStack, the open source cloud computing operating system, built on top of Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu Linux has already enjoyed the distinction of being the most popular platform for hosting OpenStack clouds. But now, Canonical has taken its commitment to OpenStack a step further with the announcement of its own OpenStack distribution.

Quick Look: Puppy Linux 6.0

Puppy Linux 6.0 is a lightweight Linux distribution that can easily be run off a USB stick, SD card or live disc. This version has been dubbed “Tahrpup” by the Puppy Linux developers, and it is based on Ubuntu 14.04. It also uses Linux kernel 3.14.20.

Detailed Report Shows How ISPs Are Making 'Business Choice' To Make Your Internet Connection Terrible

A couple of years ago, we wrote about an effort by the big broadband players to push the FCC away from using M-Lab to measure basic network diagnostics on the internet. M-Lab is a very interesting project, focused on collecting a huge amount of data about internet performance, and making that data widely available. In the past, for example, we've highlighted an M-Lab project showing which ISPs were throttling BitTorrent.

Now, M-Lab has released a new report, along with all of the data and a very nice tool to analyze it all, called the Internet Observatory, that looks at ISP interconnection and, most importantly, its impact on consumer internet performance.

CherryTree Review: The Rich Tree Notes Application

CherryTree is a notes-taking application which organizes your notes into a hierarchical tree, has support for text formatting, and is written in GTK2/Python. Lately this application has got a lot of attention due to rich features and frequent updates. It also comes by default in distributions such as MakuluLinux MATE Edition.

Ohio Linux Fest 2014 - Observations from the Fedora Booth

  • Fedora Magazine; By Andrew Ward (Posted by bob on Oct 31, 2014 1:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora, Linux
Fedora Ambassadors report for Andrew Ward (award3535) and Julie Ward (jward78).

Big IT vendors finally embrace cloud

  • Intronis Blog; By Ron Miller (Posted by rsmiller on Oct 31, 2014 12:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Cloud
The cloud is suddenly all the rage among large IT vendors as they begin to recognize that their customers are venturing into the public cloud, and as they do they need new ways to manage a hybrid environment. Hence the great hybrid cloud epiphany of 2014.

Ubuntu & SUSE & CentOS, Oh My!

It's Halloween week, and the big names in Linux are determined not to disappoint the trick-or-treaters. No less than three mainline distributions have released new versions this week, led by perennially-loved-and-hated crowd favourite Ubuntu.

Drupal Hack & WordPress Users

Because of automatic upgrades at the point level, standalone WordPress users whose sites aren’t hosted by WordPress may be less likely to see an exact repeat of the current Drupal situation, but that doesn’t mean they can ignore security. Along with gee-whiz new whistles and bells, every WordPress upgrade will include new security fixes — and you definitely want to have them firmly in place.

Steam Halloween Sale Kicks Off, Tens of Linux Games Up to 90% Discount

The Steam Halloween Sale is a new promotion which includes games fit for the Halloween theme, which will last until November 3rd. Tens of titles for Linux are included as well, and come at discounts as high as 90%.

Google's surprise Nexus 6 preorders anger some Android users

In today's Android roundup: Google is in deep doo-doo with some Android users over Nexus 6 preorders. Plus: The performance of Intel-based Android tablets, and Star Wars: Galactic Defense comes to Android.

Weapons of MaaS Deployment

I've been researching OpenStack deployment methods lately and so when I got an email from Canonical inviting me to check out how they deploy OpenStack using their Metal as a Service (MaaS) software on their fantastic Orange Box demo platform I jumped at the opportunity.

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Now Available on Steam for Linux

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition is a role-playing game which has finally made it to Steam earlier today. The game takes place in a fantasy universe called the Spine of the World and features single-player, multi-player and co-op modes.

COM Express Type 2 modules keep the legacy alive

Adlink released two Linux-ready COM Express Type 2 modules running on Intel 4th Gen. Core and Intel Atom e3800 SoCs, respectively. The Express-HL2 was previewed by Adlink with minimal details back in June 2013, shortly after Intel announced its 4th Generation Core (“Haswell”) processors.

Red Hat delivers latest developer tools

  • ZDNet | Linux And Open Source Blog RSS; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Oct 30, 2014 5:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Developer, Linux, Red Hat
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is still new, but there are even newer programming tools. Fortunately, with the latest Version of Red Hat Software Collection, programmers can keep up to speed.

Advisory says to assume all Drupal 7 websites are compromised

If your organization uses Drupal, you might have a serious problem on your hands. On October 15, Drupal urged users to apply an update that fixed a SQL Injection flaw. However, unless that patch was installed within seven hours, Drupal now says it's best to assume the website was completely compromised.

Parallels CTO: Linux container security is not the problem

Security Projects Containerization technology has been a game-changer, powering Docker and other transformative software solutions. It's also garnered its share of criticisms about performance, security, and resiliency. But one of the creators of Parallels, a key containerization technology on Linux, is pushing back against what he feels are pervasive myths about containers -- many of which, he argues, are rooted in misunderstandings of how to use them and what they're for.

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