LXer Weekly Roundup for 02-Nov-2014

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 3, 2014 1:10 AM EDT
LXer Linux News; By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.)
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LXer Feature: 02-Nov-2014

In the LXWR this week we have a UK retail chain denying warranties to users who install Linux, a big Drupal advisory, China's plans to replace Windows with Linux by 2020 and Microsoft loves Linux, for real? Enjoy!

‘All Things Open’ All Wrapped Up for 2014: There was absolutely nothing wrong with this year’s All Things Open conference. There were a few glitches, as might be expected, but not enough to matter. Was it perfect? Probably not. Perfection at a conference would probably be pretty boring — and boring would be a fault keeping it from being perfect, if you’ll excuse a little circular logic. Let’s just say say that ATO was more than good enough — and then a lot more.

Huge Computer Retail Chain in the UK Denies Warranty If Users Install Linux: There was a time, many years ago, when this kind of practice was customary in many electronics stores. If you were a Linux fan and you wanted a new computer, you had to ask beforehand if installing Linux would break the warranty. Such stores were hard to come by, so this trend dissipated for a while and it basically entered the realm of urban myth.

Advisory says to assume all Drupal 7 websites are compromised: If your organization uses Drupal, you might have a serious problem on your hands. On October 15, Drupal urged users to apply an update that fixed a SQL Injection flaw. However, unless that patch was installed within seven hours, Drupal now says it's best to assume the website was completely compromised.

Things I Do in Windows When I Forget It's Not Linux: Many Linux users out there dual-boot with a Windows system, or they just use the two operating systems separately. An interesting thing happens when you're in Windows and you try to do something that you think is normal, but that feature doesn't exist.

Why Microsoft loves Linux: Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer may have hated Linux, but new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says Microsoft loves Linux. What changed Microsoft's mind?

Pirate Bay founder guilty in historic hacker case: Pirate Bay founder Gottrid Svartholm Warg and his 21-year-old Danish co-defendant JLT have been found guilty by a Danish court of mounting the most serious computer hack in the country’s history. The court said that the unauthorised access to CSC’s mainframe was of a “systematic and organised character”, dismissing the Swede’s claims that his computer was used by others to carry out the hack as “unlikely”.

Has the time come to rebrand open source?: OK, take a deep breath and don't panic! I assure you that I'm not asking you to do anything that you have not already done before. Let me explain myself before I go any further. I'm the CEO of a web design agency in Malmö, Sweden that specializes in web publishing and digital presence. We create websites using TYPO3 which is a web Content Management Solution.

What you need to know about the Drupal vulnerability CVE-2014-3704: Do you use Drupal for your personal website? Does your company use Drupal? Can’t recall the last time it was patched? Well then, as Steve Ragan outlines in this article, it is a safe bet to assume that you’ve already been compromised.

China Plans to Replace All Windows Machines with Linux Rigs by 2020: Most of the mainstream angst directed towards Windows 8 and 8.1 in the U.S. has to do with the Modern UI and little things like the lack of a Start menu. But while hopes are high that Windows 10 will be the OS everyone wanted Windows 8 to be, China's concerns run much deeper than the UI. As such, China reportedly plans to undergo a "de-Windowsifying" process in which its systems will be move to a state-endorsed version of Linux by 2020.

How to train your doctor... to use open source: Luis Ibanez, a fellow Opensource.com moderator, gave a talk at the All Things Open conference this year about open source in healthcare. Luis’s story was so interesting—I hope I caught all the numbers he shared—but the moral of the story is that hospitals could save insane amounts of money if they switched to an open system.

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