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Attack code for 'unpatchable' USB flaw released

Computer code that can turn any almost any device that connects via USB into a cyber-attack platform has been shared online.

Breakthrough in Wireless Technology…Or Not

  • FOSS Force; By Ken Starks (Posted by brideoflinux on Oct 7, 2014 8:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor; Groups: Linux
There are a lot of other things that are deserving of our collective ire. Wireless shouldn’t have been one of them for me. I chastised myself for throwing my own little private snit concerning something so trivial. If you count back the years with me, the kernel update to 2.27 saw wireless go from “wireless sucks in Linux” to “holy crap, wireless works in Linux.” Or it did for the most part anyway. It was an important mile marker for desktop Linux.

News: Linux 3.17 is Getting ready for the Year 2038

Barely two months after the Linux 3.16 kernel release and Linux 3.17 is now out. The Linux 3.17 kernel is the fifth major kernel release so far in 2014 and among its features is a fix for a flaw that wouldn't actually impact Linux for another 24 years.

PC-BSD 10.0.3: An alternative to desktop Linux distros?

In today's open source roundup: PC-BSD 10.0.3 could be an option for Linux users. Plus: Linux 3.17 released, and Steam now has more than 700 Linux games.

LibreOffice at 4: How the OpenOffice Fork is Forging Ahead

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Oct 7, 2014 6:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Video; Groups:
VIDEO: Italo Vignoli, a director at the Document Foundation, discusses how the open-source LibreOffice Suite has evolved over the last four years.

Unvanquished Shooter Reached Alpha 32 Ubuntu Installation

Unvanquished, a shoot ‘em up game available for Linux, Windows and OS X, has reached Alpha 32, bringing several new fixes, a new model for the SMG, and updated textures for the mantis.

Sleek Mini-ITX industrial PCs come in four Intel flavors

Logic Supply unveiled four Ubuntu-ready, Mini-ITX industrial PCs based on Intel Celeron (Bay Trail and Ivy Bridge) and Core (Haswell-ULT and Haswell) CPUs. Do aesthetics matter in on the factory floor? Logic Supply, which has been selling Ubuntu Linux ready embedded computers for years, has answered with a resounding yes with a new line of ML400G embedded PCs. The four new systems are the “smallest full-size Mini-ITX systems” ever built by the company, and offer a “sleek, exciting aesthetic with ultra-reliable, fanless and ventless engineering,” says Logic Supply.

Linux systemd dev says open source is 'sick', kernel community 'awful'

Lennart Poettering, creator of the systemd system management software for Linux, says the open-source world is "quite a sick place to be in." He also said the Linux development community is "awful" – and he pins the blame for that on Linux supremo Linus Torvalds.

Testing a $35 Firefox OS phone—how bad could it be?

Hey! You there! You've got it pretty good, you know that? While you're sitting there using your Internet-enabled device to read about some other Internet-enabled device, it's easy to forget that the majority of people doesn't have any access to the Internet at all. The "World Wide" Web is actually not that worldwide—only about one-third of the population is online. That's 4.8 billion people out there with no way to get to the Internet...

Fair warning: we're going to talk frankly and honestly about the Cloud FX, and it's not going to be pretty. As we journey into the world of sub-$50 smartphones, leave all worries about performance, user experience, and any kind of pleasantness behind you. While $35 doesn't buy you a lot, perhaps we're past the stage of "does it work well?" The question for a device like Cloud FX may simply be "does it work at all?"

Fast way to update Bash on Debian based distributions to secure it against Shell Shock.

Fast way to update Bash on Debian based distributions to secure it against Shell Shock. 

The search for a usable Markdown editor for my Linux desktop

  • LinuxBSDos; By finid (Posted by finid on Oct 6, 2014 10:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
So I went looking for something more to my liking. Something that’s Markdown-enabled. That has meant installing and uninstalling Markdown-enabled editors all day. With this post, I share with you what I’ve found and which ones passed the it-fits-the-way-I-work test.

Lennart Poettering's Linus Torvalds rant

  • ZDNet | Linux And Open Source Blog RSS (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 6, 2014 9:34 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Open-source mailing lists and IRC conversations are as prone to flame wars as anywhere on the Internet, but now systemd co-creator Lennart Poettering is calling out Linus Torvalds in a more public forum for helping to create attacks on him.

Now Available as a Free Download: Research on Open Innovation

In Brussels, they really get "open." In Washington, D.C., well, not so much. It would be easy, and even no surprise, to spend a year in Washington, D.C. and never hear the word "open" used during a high level policy discussion. It's quite the opposite in Europe, where all things open (standards, source code, data and research) have been the subject of lively discussion and incorporation into core policy goals and directives. Nor has that happened by coincidence.

Debian 8.0 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour

The Debian Installer team is pleased to announce the second beta release of the installer for Debian 8 Jessie. Important changes in this release of the installer: Gnome is now the default desktop environment on Linux again. A list of desktop environments is displayed in tasksel, making it easy to install another desktop environment (or several of them). Unfortunately that is currently a bit underdocumented. Preliminary support for the arm64 and ppc64el architectures has been added.

Yes, you can run Windows 95 on Android Wear devices

In today's Android roundup: The horror of Windows 95 running on Android Wear. Plus: Is AirDroid the best desktop manager for Android? And the first leaked image of the HTC Nexus 9.

diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

Kernel configuration has become more and more complex through the years with the proliferation of new drivers, new hardware and specific behaviors that might be needed for particular uses. It has reached about 3,000 config options, and that number will only increase.

9 Web Browsers for Linux

Here is an overview of nine web browsers for Linux. Does not include terminal-based ones.

The first open source tool I ever used...

Let's reminisce. What was the first open source tool you ever used? Was it for work or fun? Maybe you were trying to start or finish a project and reached for a free and accessible tool? Or maybe you just have a preference for open source software? Tell us about it. We're collecting stories.

Linux Mint 17.1 to Let Users Choose the Login Screen Design

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Oct 6, 2014 2:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An update for Linux Mint 17.1 is in the works and the developers are making some big improvements to the system, like a new MDM Setup tool that lets users pick the login window.

Elasticsearch director tells us how the magic happens

Leslie Hawthorn is a well known figure in open source and chances are you've heard or attended one of her talks. To name a few: The Keeper of Secrets at FOSDEM 2013 DevOps: For Happier, More Productive People at Infrastructure Next 2014 Why Checking Your Privilege is Good For You at SCALE 12x and OSCON 2014 Prior to her talk at the All Things Open conference, coming up in October this year, I asked her a few questions about her passion for open source and community management. In this interview, Leslie discusses big data, Elasticsearch, and more. read more

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