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The Xen Vulnerability That Rebooted the Public Cloud

By getting all the major cloud providers fixed before the flaw was publicly disclosed, the Xen Project likely saved the IT world from a major security nightmare.

KNOPPIX 7.4.2 Screenshot Tour

Version 7.4.2 of KNOPPIX is based on the usual picks from Debian 'Wheezy' and newer desktop packages from Debian 'testing' and Debian 'unstable'. It uses Linux kernel 3.16.3 and X.Org Server 1.16.1 for supporting current computer hardware. Changes: security fixes in Firefox (Iceweasel 32.0.3), Chromium (37.0.2062.120); GNOME desktop starts again using boot option 'knoppix desktop=gnome', if supported by graphics card; patch for the Bash shell against the 'Shellshock' bug in the environment variable parser; updated udev (215) and dBUS (1.8.8) for automatic hardware management and autostart of systemd components, updated LibreOffice (4.3.2), GIMP (2.8.14), KDE libraries (4.8.4), and more.

The October 2014 Issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine

The PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the October 2014 issue.

Serial Litigant Blue Spike Wins EFF's Stupid Patent Of The Month For September

The basic idea behind Blue Spike's patents is creating a digital fingerprint (which the patents refer to as an "abstract") of a file that allows it to be compared to other files (e.g. comparing audio files to see if they are the same song). In very general terms, the patents describe creating a "reference generator," an "object locator," a "feature selector," a "comparing device," and a "recorder." You will be amazed to learn that these five elements "may be implemented with software." That task, however, is left for the reader.

Even worse, Blue Spike has refused to define the key term in its patents...

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140930/15464228683/seria...

How to get Firefox looking right on a high DPI display and Fedora

I recently got a new laptop, and one of the key features (for me) on this new laptop was that it had a high DPI screen, and for the most part, Fedora 21 Alpha looks amazing with so many extra pixels. However, when I launched Firefox, I was greeted with the following less-than-amazing view..

SODIMM-style i.MX6 module offers WiFi, Bluetooth, eMMC

Variscite has refreshed its Linux- and Android-ready, Freescale i.MX6 based VAR-SOM-MX6 module, adding WiFi, Bluetooth, and up to 64GB of eMMC. The original VAR-SOM-MX6 computer-on-module arrived before LinuxGizmos launched in early 2013. Now Variscite has delivered an update that adds a WiFi and Bluetooth module, and adds up to 64GB of eMMC flash. Otherwise, the module appears to be the same, but since it’s new to us, we’ll give it the full treatment here.

Time to Test Plasma 5's Second Release

Put your testing hats on, Plasma 5 has a beta release. The second version of Plasma 5 is due out in under two weeks and now is your chance to test it for bugs which have crept in. It features a bunch of missing features which have been added back such as the much requested icon only task bar. The Visual Design Group have been hard at work over the last three months adding a Qt 4 Breeze theme to make all KDE applications fit into the desktop and many new icons as part of the Breeze icon theme. Check for packages for your distro and try it out.

Oracle will 'kill MySQL' and steal its users? Ha ha, haha, ha. Seriously, we won't – Oracle exec

If you think Oracle's only goal when it gained control of MySQL was to undermine it, Oracle has a message for you: Get over it. Speaking at the annual OpenWorld conference in San Francisco on Monday, Oracle chief corporate architect Edward Screven said there was never any question of the database giant mothballing MySQL.

Black Lab Professional Desktop 6.0 released

Today we are pleased to release the next revision of the Black Lab Professional Desktop series. Black Lab Professional Desktop 6 offers the stability and redundancy of the current LTS technologies, with the tools and functionality that enterprise desktop users would expect. With this release we bring many new features that bridge the Linux desktop environment with your existing desktop environments. We also include utilities for deploying web applications

Linux/UNIX wget command Practical Examples

wget is a Linux/UNIX command line file downloader.Wget is a free utility for non-interactive download of files from the Web. wget is a Linux/UNIX command line file downloader.Wget is a free utility for non-interactive download of files from the Web. It supports HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP protocols, as well as retrieval through HTTP proxies.Wget is non-interactive, meaning that it can work in the background, while the user is not logged on.

October 2014 Issue of Linux Journal: Embedded

This month, we focus on putting Linux into tiny places, and that means everything from the tiniest "Android Wear" watch to the ubiquitous Raspberry Pi. As Linux users, we've been sneaking open source into server rooms for decades. Now we get to sneak it in everywhere!

Chakra GNU/Linux 2014.09 Screenshot Tour

The Chakra team is happy to announce the first release of the Chakra Euler series, which will follow the 4.14 KDE releases. A noticeable change in this release is the major face-lift of Kapudan, which now gives the option to users to enable the [extra] repository during first boot so they can easily install the most popular GTK+-based applications.

SMPlayer 14.9 Review – One of the Best Movie Players for Linux

Personally I have only words of praise for this player, which is why I decided to write this review. So let’s proceed and see what the most important features of SMPlayer are.

Internet of Things? Hold my pint, I got this: ARM crafts OS to rule them all

ARM will today announce a new operating system called mbed OS: it seeks to smooth over all the differences between various competing system-on-chips so that high-level applications can talk to sensors and gizmos whether they're using silicon from Atmel, Marvell, ST, Freescale, NXP, and so on.…

How to install OpenLDAP Server on Debian or Ubuntu

This document describes how to install and configure OpenLDAP in Debian/Ubuntu Server. I will use OpenLDAP to configure a corporate organizational structure through OpenLDAP.

Android DBMS adds bidirectional sync

ITTIA has added bidirectional sync to ITTIA DB SQL for Android, enabling a back-end RDBMS to store device data and download sync’d updates for each device. In March of last year, ITTIA announced the Android version of its Linux-compatible ITTIA DB SQL lightweight embedded relational database. Now, ITTIA has added bidirectional synchronization for Android apps to the Android version, in order to “bridge the gap of collecting big data on-the-go” in an era of “unprecedented influx of sensitive data that is managed and collected on mobile devices,” says the company.

Urban Terror Gets Several Fixes to the Freeze Tag Mod with the 4.2.20 Release

Just a few minutes ago Urban Terror 4.2.20 was released with a rather long list of bug fixes to the new mod introduced in 4.2.19, Freeze Tag.

elementary OS Freya Beta 1 is Looking Sparse But Fast and Sleek

elementary OS is a GNU/Linux distribution that you will either adore or on the other hand, find isn't for you. Fast, tight and favouring beauty and a logical simplicity over the ability to customize every little thing, eOS takes a different approach to many Linux distributions. In this article we shall take a look at elementary OS Freya Beta 1, a preview of the upcoming Freya release.

Adobe Photoshop now available for Chromebooks, but…

  • LinuxBSDos; By finid (Posted by finid on Oct 1, 2014 7:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
But, and there is a but, that does not mean that all Chromebook owners/users will have access to Photoshop right now. More on that in a bit…

Short Stack: OpenStack's tipping point, Alan Clark interview and Juno's march to maturity

This week we explore whether OpenStack has reached the proverbial tipping point, hear an interview with OpenStack foundation leader Alan Clark and look at the next logical stage for the OpenStack project: automation.

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