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Do you need antivirus protection on a Chromebook?

  • Everyday Linux User; By Gary Newell (Posted by gary_newell on Apr 9, 2014 11:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
I was asked via email last week whether antivirus software was required on a Chromebook. The simple answer is of course no but I have elaborated a bit on the question and there are possibly a few more things to take into consideration

Tech Gurus Still Don't "Get" Linux

It’s been my experience that, despite any progress, Ubuntu and distros like it have made in gaining new users, those in the tech media continue to get it wrong. In this article, I’ll examine how the tech media continues to spread misinformation about Linux on the desktop, why it happens and what we as users can do about it.

Making FLOSS circumvention tools safer for journalists and activists

  • (Posted by bob on Apr 9, 2014 9:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Software tools that bypass censorship and surveillance, also known as circumvention technology, are used in variety of contexts. Chinese citizens get around the Great Firewall to access censored sites and popular international social media platforms. Activists in Iran bypass government surveillance to post photos and video of anti-government demonstrations. Journalists in Mexico circumvent cartel surveillance to report on local drug-related violence. While circumvention tools have become more popular in recent years, many are shipped with little or no security review. This is precarious since any error could place end-users who are located in high-risk areas in danger.

Five Things in Fedora This Week (2014-04-08)

Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to follow it all. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive news coverage — just quick summaries with links to each. Here are the five things for April 8st, 2014..

Raspberry Pi morphs into $30 SODIMM-style COM

The Raspberry Pi Foundation unveiled the $30 Raspberry Pi Compute Module, an embeddable computer-on-module version of the Pi, plus a companion baseboard.

Debian: 2896-2: openssl: Summary

  •; By Benjamin D. Thomas (Posted by bob on Apr 9, 2014 6:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups, Security; Groups: Debian
Debian Security Report Summary

DNSSEC Part II: the Implementation

This article is the second in a series on DNSSEC. In the first one, I gave a general overview of DNSSEC concepts to lay the foundation for this article, which discusses how to enable DNSSEC for a zone using BIND. In this article, I'm going to dive right in to implementation.

The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

  • The Register; By Dominic Connor (Posted by bob on Apr 9, 2014 4:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Developer, IBM
Cobol is the language most associated with mainframes, especially the IBM System 360 whose 50th anniversary is being celebrated or at least commemorated this week. But when COBOL was first spawned in the mid-1950s, it wasn’t intended for programmers.

Google woos enterprise developers with 'Glass at Work' program

Early adopters get increased tech support Google is making a push to get its Glass headsets into the workplace with a new program, "Glass at Work", to entice coders to build enterprise applications for companies wanting to get into the wearable computing platform.…

Slackware: 2014-098-01: openssl: Security Update

New openssl packages are available for Slackware 14.0, 14.1, and -current to fix security issues.

3.5-inch Atom E3800 SBC sports stackable expansion

WinSystems unveiled a Linux-ready, 3.5-inch SBC35-CC405 board with an Atom E3800 SoC, plus industrial temperature support, and MiniPCIe and “IO60? expansion.

Serious OpenSSL vulnerability discovered

Heartbleed Bug in OpenSSL's SSL/TLS encryption affects a majority of web servers, forcing many server admins to update immediately

Canonical Shows Off Unity8 (Mir) and Unity7 (X11) Running at the Same Time on the Same PC

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Apr 9, 2014 12:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Canonical is making its own display server for Ubuntu, called Mir. The Ubuntu developers are also working on the next iteration of Unity, which is at the moment available only on the mobile platform, but it seems that it's now a lot closer to being integrated successfully on the desktop.

Is iOS better for developers than Android?

In today's open source roundup: A developer's lament about Android. Plus: Run Windows XP apps in Linux Mint with CrossOver, and Chromecast and Android TV.

Is Windows still better than Linux at gaming?

A Linux gamer reluctantly admits that he still needs Windows for gaming. But how much longer will this be true? Is Linux catching up to Windows?

Kingsoft Office Suite for Linux - MS Office Alternative Ubuntu Installation

  • TuxArena; By Craciun Dan (Posted by Chris7mas on Apr 8, 2014 10:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Development at Kingsoft Office for Linux started in 2012 and it is written using the Qt toolkit. The suite includes three main components: a word processor, a spreadsheet application and a presentation creator.

Heartbleed Bug

The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs). The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.

jAlbum Hits Version 12 How to Install in Ubuntu

  • TuxArena; By Craciun Dan (Posted by Chris7mas on Apr 8, 2014 8:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Version 12 was released recently and brings performance improvements, updated user interface, and stylish HTML5 album themes.

The Internet Goes Nuts with OpenSSL Bug Today, Linux Systems Were Fixed Yesterday

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Apr 8, 2014 8:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Another day, another vulnerability that makes the Internet go crazy. Fortunately enough, if you are running a Linux operating system this problem has already been fixed by the time you read this.

Raspberry Pi Compute Module: new product!

Like proud parents, we want to free the core technology of the Raspberry Pi to go forth and become an integral part of new and exciting products and devices, and so today we are announcing the forthcoming Raspberry Pi Compute Module. The compute module contains the guts of a Raspberry Pi (the BCM2835 processor and 512Mbyte of RAM) as well as a 4Gbyte eMMC Flash device (which is the equivalent of the SD card in the Pi). This is all integrated on to a small 67.6x30mm board which fits into a standard DDR2 SODIMM connector (the same type of connector as used for laptop memory*)

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