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Oracle blurts Google's Android secrets in court: You made $22bn using our Java tech, punk

So hand it over An Oracle lawyer has blurted out in court how much money Google has made from Android – figures that the web giant has fiercely fought to keep secret.…

Linux Foundation leadership controversy erupts

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Jan 24, 2016 6:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community, Linux
A debate has sprung up in Linux circles over whether the Linux Foundation is serving individual open-source users or its corporate sponsors.

SCALE 14X Gets Rolling for the Weekend

One of the fears — one of the many in having an established conference at a brand spanking new venue — is this: Suppose they gave an outstanding Friday keynote, and nobody came? All those sleepless nights worrying about it were essentially for naught, since Cory Doctorow’s keynote at SCALE 14X Friday was a standing room only success.

Eclipse Phase RPG, Vulkan Developer Day, and more open gaming news

  • Opensource.com; By Robin Muilwijk (Posted by bob on Jan 24, 2016 2:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Games, Linux
Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Eclipse Phase paper role-playing game, new games out for Linux, Vulkan Developer Day, and more.

Linux Kernel 3.2.76 LTS Has MIPS, x86 and IPv6 Improvements, Updated Drivers

Linux kernel developer and maintainer Ben Hutchings announced the immediate availability for download of the seventy-sixth maintenance release of the long-term supported Linux 3.2 kernel.

Plerd: A Dropbox-friendly Markdown blog platform

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jan 23, 2016 10:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Jason McIntosh had a problem: He'd gotten out of the habit of writing long-form blog posts. A decade before, he'd been a regular on LiveJournal, but that platform is getting a little long in the tooth, and he wanted something that was more in line with his current writing habits. As a fan of Markdown, he wanted something where he could just drop Markdown files in a spot, and the blog would be built from those. read more

Google plays down impact of kernel flaw as it releases Android patch

Android lead security engineer Adrian Ludwig has announced that a patch has been released to manufacturers to fix a vulnerability in the Linux kernel that was said to also affect Android devices. But there are some differences in the evaluation of the vulnerability which was announced a few days back by the Israel-based firm Perception Point.

An open letter to GitHub, the new Brave browser, and more news

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jan 23, 2016 7:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at an open letter to GitHub, the new Brave browser, open source software aids African vaccines, and more! Open source news roundup for January 16 - 22, 2016 read more

Google out of sync with CEO Schmidt on Android earnings

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt is on the record as dismissing the importance of privacy. But when an Oracle attorney disclosed in court on January 14 that Google has made US$31 billion from its Android operating system, of which US$22 billion is profit, Google was quick to ask that the document revealing this fact should be sealed.

Pro tip: Get easy screencasts from your Chromebook

One feature that has been missing from Chrome OS, for quite some time, is the ability to take screencasts. Why has this been an issue? Because Chrome OS doesn't support the Java plugin used by most of the available screencast tools. That all changes, with the likes of Snagit. Why is this important? Screencasts are a great tool to help train users. Even though Chrome OS might well be one of the most user-friendly platforms on the planet, you might have web-based tools that aren't so easy to use (tools that could greatly benefit from a screencast).

Linux Foundation chief spins to justify keeping community out

Linux Foundation chief executive Jim Zemlin has made a disappointing response to the reports about changes in the by-laws of the Foundation designed to prevent community representation.

Did Linus protect the Linux Foundation from the Social Justice Warriors?

The recent news that the Linux Foundation had changed its policy on community representation caught many people by surprise. Most of the first reactions seemed assume that it was done to somehow promote corporate interests over community interests.

But is that really why the policy was changed? Or was it done to avoid an influx of Social Justice Warriors?

Wait… we sued who?! Patent troll drops case one day after Newegg’s lawyer calls

A shell company that sued dozens of computer peripheral makers has quickly dropped Newegg house brand Rosewill from its list of defendants. The motion to dismiss, filed yesterday, comes just days after Newegg's lawyers filed notices of their appearance in the case.

Linux Foundation Sells Out, Brave New Browser & More...

The Linux Foundation’s board has always been weighted heavily in favor of corporations and money, with a large majority of the foundation’s board being elected by member corporations. The nine platinum members, who pay $500,000 yearly in membership dues, elect up to ten board members (or one each for up to ten directors), the sixteen gold members elect three, and the more than 250 silver members elect only one. Until last week, individual members, who pay $99 in annual dues elected two members to the board, not enough to influence foundation policy in a vote, but enough to give the community some say in the decision making process.

Braswell COM twins have SMARC and Qseven personalities

  • LinuxGizmos (Posted by bob on Jan 23, 2016 7:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Adlink announced a pair of computer-on-modules with the same Braswell CPU and memory options, but on two different form factors with slightly different I/O. Adlink’s newly announced “LEC-BW” and “Q7-BW” are the Pentium N3710 and Celeron 3000 series 14nm “Braswell” processors. Both modules share the same processor options and the same memory of 8 GB […]

Google confirms new Linux hole not a big deal for Android

Sometimes a security "hole" is really a tiny security "leak."

Google Asks Chromixium OS Devs to Cease Use of the Name, Cub Linux Is Born

It has been a while since we last heard something from the Chromixium Linux project, an operating system based on Ubuntu Linux and designed from the ground up to look like Google's Chrome OS.

If Red Hat is an open organisation, then so is the NSA

Red Hat chief executive Jim Whitehurst has published a book called The Open Organisation which, it is claimed in a promotional video, mirrors the way Red Hat operates.

AMD Video Cards Are Still a Problem for SteamOS

SteamOS has been out for quite some time, and now we also have Steam Machines in the wild, but it looks like AMD video cards continue to be a problem for this platform.

Hand-on with Kali Linux Rolling

What a nice way to finish a week - three pieces of really good news all in one announcement! Kali Linux (the successor to BackTrack), well known as one of the premier distributions for digital forensics and penetration testing, announced a new release. This by itself already qualifies as very good news.

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