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Puppy Linux's Sister Quirky Has Been Bitten by Ubuntu 15.10, the Wily Werewolf

Barry Kauler, the father of Puppy Linux, one of the smallest and lightweight GNU/Linux distributions ever created, on which numerous distros are based, announced that Quirky Linux entered the "Werewolf" series of development.

Charity Pops Up Claiming That It Holds The Copyright On Happy Birthday

It ain't over yet, folks. While many in the press went on and on back in September that the song "Happy Birthday" had been declared in the "public domain," as we pointed out, that's not what the judge said. He only said that the Summy Co. did not hold the copyright, because it seemed clear from a lawsuit back in the 1940s that the Hill Sisters (who sorta wrote the song -- long story) only assigned the rights to the music and not the lyrics -- and everyone agrees the music is now in the public domain. As we pointed out, this actually made the song an "orphan work", which created a new kind of mess, and as we noted, it was entirely possible that a third party could now make a claim to holding the copyright -- though we thought it was unlikely.

Oh, how naive of us.

Six WordPress Plugins Vulnerable

This news isn’t surprising, nor is it cause for alarm. Because WordPress is by far the most popular content management platform on the web, it’s an obvious target for hackers, and third party plugins are the most obvious way inside. However, the folks at Automattic, which develops the platform, have proven themselves to be diligent at finding vulnerabilities and keeping them patched.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 Gets Prepared, Lands Next Week With Convergence Features

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Nov 12, 2015 5:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Earlier today, November 11, Canonical's ?ukasz Zemczak has sent an email to the Ubuntu Touch mailing list, informing everyone that the team is working around the clock to prepare the OTA-8 software update.

How to set JAVA_HOME environment variable automatically on Linux

Many Java programs or Java-based IDE environments require JAVA_HOME environment variable being set. This environment variable is supposed to point to the top directory where the Java development kit (JDK) or Java runtime environment (JRE) is installed. The JDK contains everything the JRE offers, but also provides additional binaries and libraries needed to compile Java programs.

MPlayer-Based MPV Video Player Reaches Version 0.13.0 with Multivolume Support

The awesome folks behind the open source and cross-platform MPV video player software have announced the release of MPV 0.13.0 for all supported operating systems, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

Open ethos powers Aleph Objects success

  •; By Harris Kenny (Posted by bob on Nov 12, 2015 2:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
The 3D printing industry has grown approximately 400% over the past two years (total industry value). At Aleph Objects, Inc., our sales of LulzBot® 3D printers, parts, and plastics have increased 809% over the same period. We surpassed our 2014 sales in May and are on track for over $12 million in sales in 2015.

SteamOS Finally Gets Proper Filters to Sort by OS

Valve has finally fixed one of the most annoying and ridiculous bugs that were present in the Steam client and implicitly on SteamOS.

How extorted e-mail provider got back online after crippling DDoS attack

ProtonMail, the encrypted e-mail provider that buckled under crippling denial-of-service attacks even after it paid a $6,000 ransom, said it has finally recovered from the massive assaults seven days after they began.

Debian Live Is Dead, Developer Says His Project Got Hijacked by Debian-CD

The Debian Live project is no more, and its leader announced that it had been absorbed by the debian-cd and the debian-installer teams, without his knowledge or approval.

A New Yahoo! Search Experience for Firefox Users in U.S.

Today, we are excited that Firefox users in the U.S. will see a new, improved, innovative and fun experience on Yahoo Search. A year ago we entered into a strategic partnership with Yahoo to be the default search experience for Firefox users in the U.S.

How to try Mozilla's mobile Firefox OS preview on your Android device, no deep-level tech tricks required

Mozilla is making it easy for people to try Firefox OS ahead of the system's appearance in developed countries in 2016.

Nvidia aims Jetson TX1 module at serious AI and robotics

??Nvidia has launched an AI and robotics oriented “Jetson TX1” module and development kit, based on an Nvidia Tegra X1 SoC running Linux.

Quirky 7.3 Screenshot Tour

Quirky Werewolf 64-bit version 7.3 has been released. Here is a brief announcement: Quirky 7.3 is the start of the "Werewolf" series, able to install packages from the Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf repositories. Version 7.3 has major improvements to running from live-CD, with fast boot-up, zram compression and session saving. The live CD has become viable for on-going usage, as an alternative to performing an installation to fixed or removable drive. These improvements also apply to the `frugal' mode of installation. There have been numerous bug fixes and upgrades. The kernel is now 4.2.5 and SeaMonkey is 2.38.

Hands-on with eight great Android Marshmallow features

  • ZDNet | Linux and Open Source RSS (Posted by bob on Nov 11, 2015 6:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Android, Linux
I put Google's latest version of Android to the test on my 2013 Nexus 7 tablet and I liked what I found.

FCC Online Privacy Ruling Helps, not Hurts, Privacy-Minded Users

The FCC will not require websites to protect users' privacy and security in response to "do not track" requests. Since such a mandate could not be enforced anyway, this decision is best for users in the long run.

Firebird 3.0 Release Candidate 1 is available for testing

Firebird Project announces the first Release Candidate of Firebird 3.0, the next major version of the Firebird relational database, which is now available for testing.

Google Tries an Android for Machine Learning, Releasing Open Source AI System

Machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence that wields software to interpret and make predictions from large sets of data, is all the rage in Silicon Valley. Facebook is investing big in it; Microsoft has too, and now Apple (quietly) is also. But it was Google that started the trend, and in order to remain innovative — and compete for scarce talent — Google needs to keep looking like the cutting-edge leader.

ClearOS 7.1.0 Screenshot Tour

ClearOS 7.1.0 final for all editions has arrived. ClearOS now comes in three different editions: Community, Home and Business. All editions can be installed from the same download ISO image, but each edition provides a mix of applications, support and services to meet different needs. This release is the first in the ClearOS 7 series and provides major improvements and new features. ClearOS 7.1.0 introduces: Samba 4, Directory (Microsoft Active Directory replacement); updated Microsoft Active Directory Connector; streamlined theme system; dynamic dashboard; updated antispam and antivirus engines; updated IDS and IPS engines; event and alert notification framework; internationalization; XFS and Btrfs file system support; improved VM support.

Young computer scientist shares her open source story

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 11, 2015 1:49 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
I've been using open source for a while—seven years, to be exact. That may not seem like a long time, but when you're 16, that's almost half your life. My open source story is that of discovery, education, and mentoring opportunities. I've been extremely lucky. I got started with open source in fifth grade over Christmas break. My Dad showed me how to write bash scripts on Linux in what we called "Daddy's Computer Camp." That February, I made my Dad a Valentine's Day robot that had bash code on the front. read more

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