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So Far, So Good for Ken Starks After Surgery

As many of you know, my friend and irrepressible FOSS Force writer Ken Starks has been waiting for a date with his surgeon for the last month or so. He had his surgery today and so far the news is good. I just received the good news from Ken’s friend Ed Matthews, who also posted the contents of the email he sent me in the comments section of Ken’s latest article on FOSS Force.

Ubuntu Advances Juju Linux Magic Charms

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Jan 15, 2015 6:04 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
One of the great strengths of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux is its Juju orchestration technology, which is advancing now in a number of different ways.

JARVYS, Set It and Forget It Linux Backups

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By devnet (Posted by devnet on Jan 15, 2015 5:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Linux
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a cloud based file backup system that put Linux FIRST? One that made it so we didn’t have to use FUSE? One that didn’t put out a Windows client first and the Linux client was an afterthought? One that you could get installed and configured quickly and easily which would allow you to ‘set it and forget it’? Me too!

Old News Anew: Fixing Zen Cart for SSL v 3 Vulnerability

  • FOSS Force; By Christine Hall (Posted by brideoflinux on Jan 15, 2015 4:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
PayPal was supposed to have made the change on December 3, the date it announced as the target for no longer accepting secure connections from sites using SSL v3 instead of TLS. As I manage a Zen Cart site which uses PayPal’s express checkout as it’s only payment option, I checked with the server’s technical support staff to make sure we were covered. Yup. We got you set up with that, they said. I was good to go.

World record set for 100 TB sort by open source and public cloud team

In October 2014, Databricks participated in the Sort Benchmark and set a new world record for sorting 100 terabytes (TB) of data, or 1 trillion 100-byte records. The team used Apache Spark on 207 EC2 virtual machines and sorted 100 TB of data in 23 minutes. read more

Neo Technology Bags $20M As Graph Databases Get Hot

  • TechCrunch; By Ron Miller (Posted by rsmiller on Jan 15, 2015 11:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Today, Neo Technology, makers of the open source neo4j graph database product, announced $20M in funding, showing that graph database technology is beginning to find its footing. You might not have heard graph databases, but they are an increasingly important technology, making possible, for example the Facebook social graph that helps you see connections between friends.

The GNU Radical

  • Yet Another Me; By Sergio Durigan Junior (Posted by AwesomeTux on Jan 15, 2015 10:14 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU
"A friend of mine, Blaise, once told me not to introduce myself as “... what you would call a radical...”. He had listened to me talking to a person who were questioning what a Free Software activist does. My friend's rationale, to which I totally agree, is that you must let the other person decide whether she thinks you are a “radical” or not. In other words, if you say you are a “radical” from the beginning, it will probably induce the other person to a pre-judgement about you, which is not good for you and for her."

Samsung debuts its first Tizen phone in India

After much expectation and many false starts, Samsung finally launched the Tizen-based “Samsung Z1? smartphone into India’s vast and rapidly growing market. Following frequent delays during 2014, and amid growing speculation that the Korean smartphone juggernaut may have been contemplating abandoning Tizen in the face of the growing penetration of emerging markets by low-end Android phones, new rumors surfaced that Samsung would finally be unleashing its first Tizen phone in India, early in 2015.

Non-Linux FOSS: Animation Made Easy

If you've ever wanted to make an animated film, the learning curve for such software often is really steep. Thankfully, the Pencil program was released and although basic, it provided a fairly simple way to create animations on your computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) with open-source tools. Unfortunately, the Pencil program was abandoned.

Why You Should (or Shouldn't) Switch to Each Leading Linux Desktop

The perfect desktop is undoubtedly the one you would design yourself. However, lacking the necessary time and expertise, many users hop instead from desktop to desktop desktop with the same enthusiasm as others hop between distros, hoping to find the ideal distribution.

Install Jenkins on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS

In this article we show you how to install Jenkins on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS. Jenkins is an award-winning application that monitors executions of repeated jobs, such as building a software project or jobs run by cron.

Plasma 5.2 Beta out for Testing

Today KDE releases a beta for Plasma 5.2. This release adds a number of new components and improves the existing desktop. We welcome all testers to find and help fix the bugs before our stable release in two week's time.

KDE Plasma Desktop Massive Update with New Login Manager and Theming for GNOME Apps

Plasma, the desktop for the KDE project, has been updated once again and the KDE Community has detailed all the wonderful improvements and numerous fixes that have been implemented.

KeySweeper a $10 spy tool disguised as Wall Charger

A security researcher has developed a USB wall charger which he claims can read data from any wireless keyboard manufactured by Microsoft. He has named the device as KeySweeper and has also released a do it yourself tutorial on GitHub.

Red Hat: 2015:0047-01: thunderbird: Important Advisory

An updated thunderbird package that fixes three security issues is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Important security.

Red Hat: 2015:0046-01: firefox: Critical Advisory

Updated firefox packages that fix multiple security issues and one bug are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, and 7. Red Hat Product Security has rated this update as having Critical security.

Steam Machine: Just a living room PC?

Many people are eagerly waiting for the Steam Machine and recently, an important step towards the goal has been made: The final design of the Steam Controller has been published and will be shown at the Game Developers Conference in March.

Firefox 35 Gets Performance Boost, Bug Fixes

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Jan 14, 2015 7:34 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Mozilla
The first Mozilla browser release of 2015 brings Firefox Marketplace and improved performance to desktop users.

White House Backs Raft of New Cyber Security Laws

  • Security Ledger (Posted by bob on Jan 14, 2015 6:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Security
President Obama used a speech at the Federal Trade Commission on Monday to call for a raft of new laws and reforms that would protect the privacy and online security of U.S. citizens and corporations.

Boot Linux from an NFS server

  • Linux User & Developer - the Linux and FOSS mag for a GNU generation (Posted by bob on Jan 14, 2015 5:39 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU, Linux, Developer; Story Type: News Story
Diskless booting allows you to access the same distro from multiple locations on a network without juggling files

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