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Normally, I don’t cover vulnerabilities about which the user can do little or nothing to prevent, but two newly detailed flaws affecting hundreds of millions of Android, iOS and Apple products probably deserve special exceptions.
I’ve lived in many cities during my military career. Each time I’ve moved, I’ve had to deal with a new city’s website, and what I’ve learned is that there are great differences across each city's site design and in how much government data is online and accessible. read more
Steps to extend or increase swap space using a swap file in Linux
A few weeks ago, I received an email notification from GitHub alerting me to a new, user-submitted issue in PencilBlue, our Node.js-based, open source content management system. The notification was titled, “WYSIWYG: Server running on Ubuntu generate [sic] ??? when pasting large chunk of text.” read more
The Linux Foundation, ever in the forefront of shaping the future of Linux, has announced the 2015 Linux Training Scholarship Program, which aims to provide educational funds “to up-and-coming developers and sysadmins who show incredible promise…but do not otherwise have the ability to attend Linux Foundation training courses,” according to a page on the Foundation’s website.
Last year, the free software community was full of debates about systemd, the system manager that replaces init, the process that boots a Linux system. Now that systemd is uneventfully running the latest releases of major distributions like Debian, Fedora, and Ubuntu, you might imagine that opposition to it is melting away -- but you'd be wrong.
Sierra Wireless unveiled a Cortex-A5 based “AirPrime WP” IoT module with 3G or 4G radios, plus a modularly expandable, open-source “mangOH” carrier board. We’ve seen plenty of low-power, Linux-ready Internet of Things computer-on-modules, mostly based on Qualcomm’s MIPS-based Atheros SoCs. The Linux-based AirPrime WP modules from Sierra Wireless instead tackle IoT and industrial M2M with […]
Feeling like something different, I recently bought a HP Chromebook 11. In this article I give my impressions on the device itself and also some Linux-specific goodness thanks to something caled Crouton, plus a few thoughts on working in the "cloud".
Programming is a creative activity that any kid can engage in. Your child might not care about writing data processing algorithms, but they might enjoy creating games, programming music, designing websites, or just playing around with code. I've written several books to teach beginners of all ages how to code, and I know from experience that you don't need to consider yourself a techie or "good at math" to learn. In fact, kids often can learn to program faster than adults precisely because they don't know how "difficult" coding is supposed to be. read more
The Node.js Foundation has the support of Famo.us, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Microsoft, PayPal, NodeSource, Progress Software, Codefresh, DigitalOcean, Fidelity, Groupon, nearFORM, npm, Sauce Labs, SAP, StrongLoop and YLD!. It will join other collaborative efforts hosted by the Linux Foundation, including Cloud Foundry, AllSeen Alliance, OpenDaylight and OPNFV, among others.
I had an "aha moment" recently while reading The Responsive City, a book co-authored by Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford that tells fascinating stories about local and state governments that adopted new technologies as a way to better respond to the needs of citizens. read more
The Raspberry Pi Foundation launched the first official case for the Raspberry Pi, which exposes all ports and features a clip-on lid for adding HATs. A variety of third-party enclosures for the Raspberry Pi have become available over the years, but the vendors no doubt realized the Raspberry Pi Foundation would eventually build one of […]
Linux Mint developers have just revealed that Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" MATE RC is now available for download and testing. It integrates the latest MATE 1.10 and numerous other changes and improvements
San Francisco upstart in series-B round Code-sharing website GitHub is pursuing a new round of venture capital based on a $2bn valuation.…
When you run a program as setuid, it runs with all the permissions of that user. And if the program spawns new processes, they inherit the same permissions. Not so with filesystem capabilities. When you run a program with a set of capabilities, the processes it spawns do not have those capabilities by default; they must be given explicitly.
Browser snuck proprietary voice-snoop code into Linux distro. The Debian Project thinks it's fixed an issue where Google's Chromium web browser snuck proprietary code into the fiercely Free Software oriented Debian Linux distro. That hasn't stopped Debian users from wondering how the issue got past project maintainers in the first place.
Axiomtek has spun three slim, rugged “eBox” PCs with Atom E3800 or Celeron J1900 SoCs that include dual GbEs, SATA and mSATA storage, and optional wireless.
There are many benefits to contributing to a popular open source project like Docker: But getting started on a new codebase can be daunting. Docker has many, many lines of code. Fixing even the smallest issue can require reading through a lot of that code and understanding how the pieces all fit together.