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Microsoft withdraws bad Windows 7 update that broke future Windows 7 updates

One of this week's Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 7 has been withdrawn after some users discovered that it blocked installation of software containing digital signatures, including first- and third-party software, and even other Windows updates.

Big Brother & Smartphone Driver’s Licenses

Sure, the phone license app might be offered as a option at first, but how long until it becomes a requirement and old fashioned plastic licenses are no longer available? This would mean that anybody who wants to drive a car, at least in Iowa, would have to invest in a certified NSA ready smartphone and data plan. If this sounds far fetched, think of the amount of required government paperwork that’s now only available online and sometimes must be filled in and filed from a computer.

Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon Edition : Video Overview and Screenshot Tours

Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon edition has been released and announced by Linux Mint Developer, come with many new improvements, featuring a brand new, more stable and polished Cinnamon than ever, based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Linux Kernel 3.13. Linux Mint 17.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019.

Installing Apache 2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Fedora 21 (LAMP)

LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. This tutorial shows how you can install an Apache2 webserver on a Fedora 21 server with PHP5 support (mod_php) and MySQL support.

Kontrons G-Series SoC

  • LinuxGizmos; By Eric Brown (Posted by bob on Dec 13, 2014 1:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
Kontron’s first AMD SoC-based COM Express module is a Type 6 Compact design, with a 2GHz quad-core “Steppe Eagle” G-Series SoC, plus up to 64GB eMMC flash.

Release of KDE Frameworks 5.5.0

KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.5.0. KDE Frameworks are 60 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the Frameworks 5.0 release announcement.

Google embraces open doc formats, U.S. Marines choose Linux, and more

  • Opensource.com; By Scott Nesbitt (Posted by bob on Dec 13, 2014 9:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Community, Linux
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at Google (again) embracing open document formats, the Marines going Linux, the European Commission updating its open source policy, and more!

Sony Was Hacked in February and Chose to Stay Silent

Sony says the recent breach of its servers and weeklong cyber humiliation is an "unprecedented" strike and an "unparalleled crime." If they're shocked by these events, they've been shocked for almost a year: leaked emails obtained by Gawker show security troubles dating back to February.

Ultimate Edition 4.3 Screenshot Tour

Ultimate Edition 4.3 was built from the ground up debootstrapped from the Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Thar tree using Tmosb (TheeMahn's Operating System Builder) which is also included in this release. This release is a Long Term Supported (LTS) release, supported until the year 2019.

Android users get free access to Hulu for the holidays

In today's open source roundup: Hulu welcomes Android users with free holiday access. Plus: Amazon forced to pull its shopping app from the Google Play store, and the best way to partition a Linux system?

Inside CoreOS Linux, Why Fleet and etcd Matter VIDEO

Helping lead the development of CoreOS is CTO Brandon Philips. In a video interview with ServerWatch, Philips explains how the key components of Linux ServerCoreOS, including Fleet and etcd, come together and how the Linux distribution works.

Parallels adopts Docker in next Cloud Server release

Parallels was working on containers before they were cool, and now the company is adding Docker support to Parallels Cloud Server

diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

Containers are very tricky to implement. Trying to isolate sets of resources from each other completely, so that they resemble a discrete system, and doing it in a secure way, has to be addressed on a feature-by-feature basis, with many caveats and uncertainties.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Beta is here

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by sjvn on Dec 12, 2014 8:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
Doesn't it seem like RHEL 7 just came out the other day? Well, brace yourself, the next version is already on its way.

QEMU, FFMPEG guru unleashes JPEG-slaying graphics compressor

BPG format outputs smaller images at higher quality. Noted software wizard Fabrice Bellard has devised a new raster image format that he says offers superior quality to JPEG at similar file sizes.

European Commission updates its open source policy

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Dec 12, 2014 6:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The European Commission (EC) wants to make it easier for its software developers to submit patches and add new functionalities to open source projects. Contributing to open source communities will be made central to the EC’s new open source policy, expects Pierre Damas, Head of Sector at the Directorate General for IT (DIGIT). “We use a lot of open source components that we adapt and integrate, and it is time that we contribute back.” read more

HP Will Release a “Revolutionary” New Operating System in 2015

  • MIT Technology Review; By Tom Simonite (Posted by bob on Dec 12, 2014 5:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Hewlett-Packard’s ambitious plan to reinvent computing will begin with the release of a prototype operating system next year.

Civilization: Beyond Earth Gets Intel and AMD/ATI Support Back, Launches Next Week

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Dec 12, 2014 4:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Linux fans of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth now have something to be glad about because the developers have just announced that AMD and Intel video cards are once more supported and that game should be made available in just a few days.

Making digiKam Stable on Ubuntu 14.04

  • Scribbles and Snaps; By Dmitri Popov (Posted by dmpop on Dec 12, 2014 3:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
If digiKam crashes a lot on your machine running Ubuntu 14.04 or any of its derivatives, the most likely culprit is a bug in the SQLite database version 3.8.2.

The truth about the thick skin of a community manager

I met up with Jono Bacon at LinuxCon Europe on October 16 this year where he gave a keynote and presented a full day workshop on community management. Jono previously spent 7 years as a community manager at Canonical. Today, he is the senior director of community at XPRIZE: an organization that creates big prizes for teams to help them reach their goals. They believe that facilitating competition, and rewarding it, can change the world. read more

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