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12 of the Best Free Git Books

Git is the most widely used version control system, in part because of the popularity of GitHub, a web-based Git repository hosting service, which offers all of the distributed revision control and source code management) functionality of Git as well as adding its own features.

Hands-on review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC/Kodi and Android

This hands-on review takes a first look at SolidRun’s tiny CuBoxTV set-top box, running both its default OpenELEC/XBMC OS, as well as an Android 4.4.4 beta. The CuBoxTV is one of several CuBox-i models currently available from Israel-based SolidRun. Whereas the full-up “CuBox-i Pro” model comes with 2GB RAM, WiFi, and Ethernet, the CuBoxTV hits […]

Git Vulnerability Exposed; Patch Now or Be Hacked Later

Even though the issue may not affect Linux users, if you are a hosting service whose users may fetch from your service to Windows or Mac OS X machines, you are strongly encouraged to update to protect such users who use existing versions of Git," Git developer Junio Hamano wrote in a Git mailing list posting.

The Git vulnerability has got the attention of security researchers as well, including Tod Beardsley, who is the Metasploit engineering manager at Rapid7.

How to protect SSH server from brute force attacks using fail2ban

One common attack on SSH service is brute force attacks where a remote attacker indefinitely attempts to log in with different passwords. Fail2ban is an open-source intrusion prevention framework on Linux that monitors various system log files (e.g., /var/log/auth.log or /var/log/secure) and triggers various defensive actions upon detecting any suspicious activities. You can use fail2ban to defend against brute force password guessing attacks on an SSH server.

Hands-on review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC+Kodi and Android

This hands-on review takes a first look at SolidRun’s tiny CuBoxTV set-top box, running both its default OpenELEC/XBMC OS, as well as an Android 4.4.4 beta. The CuBoxTV is one of several CuBox-i models currently available from Israel-based SolidRun. Whereas the full-up “CuBox-i Pro” model comes with 2GB RAM, WiFi, and Ethernet, the CuBoxTV hits […]

The 7 Best Alternative Linux Distributions Of 2014

Here is a list of the 7 best alternative Linux distributions of 2014. The list is formed of specialist distributions which have a unique quality, such as the ability to run from a USB drive or dedicated to gaming.

Top 5 articles of the week: Best of open source this year, and more

  • Opensource.com; By Jen Wike Huger (Posted by bob on Dec 20, 2014 9:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Community
Every week, I tally the numbers and listen to the buzz to bring you this week's most read articles on Opensource.com. Here's the top 5 for this week: December 15 - 19, 2014.

Building a Healthy Web to Hand to Future Generations

Ten years ago, a scrappy group of ten Mozilla staff and thousands of volunteer Mozillians broke up Microsoft’s monopoly on accessing the Web with the release of Firefox 1.0. We won by bringing together a diverse and global community through … Continue reading

Top patent court shoots down Myriad gene testing patents

The US Patent and Trademark Office handed out patents on human genes for about 30 years, but genomic patents were blocked after a landmark Supreme Court ruling last year. The patent holder in that case, Myriad Genetics, had patented a test on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The test shows mutations that reveal which women are more susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer. The BRCA test is substantially cheaper in countries where it wasn't patented, such as Canada.

After losing its case, Myriad didn't give up. Instead, it quickly filed a new round of lawsuits, trying to keep competitors like Ambry Genetics out of the business of BRCA testing. The new suits named different patents, which instead of simply claiming the gene itself, included "method" claims and also discussed the use of DNA "primers"—an entirely lab-made substance which Myriad lawyers said were still open to being patented.

Pirate Bay alternatives

As you may have heard, the Pirate Bay was raided and is down as I write this post. The closure of the Pirate Bay has generated a lot of discussions online, and many people have been looking for alternative torrenting sites. Fortunately, there was an interesting thread on Reddit about that very topic and one redditor was kind enough to post a list of alternative torrent sites.

Halo 4 backend, SuperTuxKart, and more

Hello, gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Halo 4 backend, SuperTuxKart, Godot engine 1.0, and news on Linux game releases! Open source and Linux games roundup Week of December 13 - 19, 2014 read more

Advance your OpenStack with new guides and howtos

  • Opensource.com; By Jason Baker (Posted by bob on Dec 20, 2014 11:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Cloud
The cloud is the future, and now is the time to start learning more about how you can use OpenStack to solve your organization's IT infrastructure needs. Fortunately, we're here to help with that.

Kubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 Is the Biggest Update in Years, Features Plasma 5 by Default

Kubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 (Vivid Vervet), a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop environment, has been released and is now ready for testing.

Ubuntu Touch to Land with Bq Aquaris e4.5 Phones in February

The privilege of getting the first Ubuntu phone on the market belongs to Bq, which will release its Aquaris e4.5 device to the European public in February, 2015.

Android Candy: Google Keep

I love Evernote. I pay for a premium membership, and to be honest, I don't think I even use the premium features. I just love Evernote so much, I want to support the company. But in the spirit of fair comparison, I forced myself to try Google Keep.

Most important open source news of the year

This is a Special Edition of our weekly open source news roundup, as we look back at the top news stories in 2014! I looked most closely at news in the areas of business, government, and education. There has also been some remarkable news where you would not expect, on how open source is helping to make a difference and the world a better place.

Heartbleed, Shellshock, Tor and more: The 13 biggest security stories of 2014

Epic hacks, major vulnerabilities, and other security surprises rolled across the Internet like a tidal wave in 2014. We thought we'd seen it all after an SSL vulnerability pierced the heart of the Internet and the crypto world lost a major asset. But then Sony (once again) fell prey to one of the most devastating cyberattacks ever.

Google building full Android IVI stack, says report

  • LinuxGizmos; By Eric Brown (Posted by bob on Dec 20, 2014 12:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Android
oogle is planning to expand its Android Auto project into a full-fledged “Android M” automotive stack within the next year or two, says Reuters.

The helpful stranger and meaning of open source

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Dec 19, 2014 10:08 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
I’ve been a software engineer for almost 15 years now, and although I didn't realize it at the time, I’ve been working with open source software from the get-go. From basic GNU command line utilities to C compilers, open source was there from the start. read more

Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 review

In today's open source roundup: DistroWatch reviews Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0. Plus: The importance of mentors in open source, and WordPress 4.1 has been released.

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