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US probe into Microsoft bribery and corruption

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 17:59

The US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have launched an investigation into Microsoft over possible bribery and corruption in connection with software sales in Hungary.

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Zowe! Bringing the mainframe to the open-source world

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 17:58

IBM was the first major computer power to embrace Linux. Now, decades later, they along with their partners, CA Technologies and Rocket Software, have announced Zowe, a new open-source software framework that bridges the divide between modern applications and the mainframe, at Open Source Summit in Vancouver, Canada.

Zowe is meant to provide interoperability and scalability between products. It's also, IBM states, the first z/OS, the IBM mainframe operating system, open-source program.

Zowe has four components. These are.

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Tails 3.9 Anonymous OS Is Coming September 5 with TrueCrypt & VeraCrypt Support

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 17:55

That's right, we're talking about Tails 3.9, which is currently in development with a Release Candidate ready for public testing as we speak. As we reported a few weeks ago, Tails devs planned on implementing support for opening VeraCrypt encrypted drives in the GNOME desktop environment that's used by default in Tails.

Tails 3.9 promises to be the first release to ship with VeraCrypt support, but it also looks like there will be support for opening TrueCrypt encrypted volumes as well, straight from your GNOME desktop. Moreover, this release will integrate the "Additional Software Packages" feature into the desktop.

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Puppy Linux's Cousin Quirky Xerus Gets Last Release Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 17:53

Coming five and a half months after version 8.5, Quirky Linux 8.6 is here as an incremental update consisting of various updated components and bug fixes, and it's the last in the series as Barry Kauler plans to rebase the tiny GNU/Linux distribution on Canonical's latest long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system.

"Quirky Linux 8.6 is the latest in the "Xerus" series, binary-compatible with x86_64 Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS, though built with woofQ and architecturally very different from Ubuntu," said Barry Kauler in the release announcement. "Version 8.6 is an incremental upgrade from 8.5, with package upgrades and architectural improvements."

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Mozilla: Rep of the Month for August 2018, Bitslicing with Quine-McCluskey, TenFourFox FPR9b3 Available

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 17:49
  • Rep of the Month – August 2018

    Please join us in congratulating Abhiram Ravikumar, our Rep of the Month for August 2018!

    Abhiram Ravikumar is an amazing contributor from Bangalore India and a long time Mozillian contributing as a Rep since November 2015. He is the so-called backbone of the Bangalore community keeping activities going in and around the region.

  • Bitslicing with Quine-McCluskey

    Part one gave a short introduction of bitslicing as a concept, talked about its use cases, truth tables, software multiplexers, LUTs, and manual optimization.

    The second covered Karnaugh mapping, a visual method to simplify Boolean algebra expressions that takes advantage of humans’ pattern-recognition capability, but is unfortunately limited to at most four inputs in its original variant.

    Part three will introduce the Quine-McCluskey algorithm, a tabulation method that, in combination with Petrick’s method, can minimize circuits with an arbitrary number of input values. Both are relatively simple to implement in software.

  • TenFourFox FPR9b3 available

    TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 9 beta 3 is now available (downloads, hashes, release notes). This version has site-specific workarounds for Github's sudden hostility to TenFourFox (fixed using the same workaround we use for Imgur) and pages that use the new version of Cloudflare RocketLoader (by essentially defeating it). I also reduced idle time deferral for a couple rare crashes on the test systems that seemed to be from low memory and added a little tuneup for HTML5 parsing from Firefox 55.

    Of the security patches that landed in this version is a specific one for an issue that affects 10.5, but not 10.4. It's more of an information leak than anything else and wouldn't seem to be very common, but I was able to exploit it on the test network, so now it's worked around. Our implementation is completely different from Mozilla's largely for performance reasons since we only have two operating system flavours to worry about.

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Games: Retro Games on GNU/Linux, Planetary Annihilation: TITANS, Dota 2, Fantasy Strike, Kontrakt, Last Epoch, A Gummy's Life

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 17:27

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Security: Charter Cracked, Code Injections, Android Updates and Various FOSS Updates

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 17:19
  • Charter Spectrum Security Flaw Exposes Private Data Of Millions Of Subscribers

    Last year you'll recall that the cable and broadband industry lobbied the government to kill off broadband privacy rules at the FCC. The rules were fairly basic, requiring that ISPs and cable operators clearly disclose what data is being collected and sold, but also provide working opt out tools for users who didn't want to participate. The rules also contained restrictions requiring that consumers opt in to more sensitive data collection (financial), as well as some requirements that ISPs and cable ops adhere to standard security procedures, and quickly inform consumers when their private data was exposed by a hacker.

    In recent months, the cable industry has been showcasing how it's simply not very good at keeping its websites secure. Comcast, for example, has seen three privacy breaches in almost as many months, with security researcher Ryan Stevenson discovering numerous, previously-unreported vulnerabilities that potentially exposed the the partial home addresses and Social Security numbers of more than 26.5 million Comcast customers.

  • What is Code Injection on Windows?

    Code injection is common on Windows. Applications “inject” pieces of their own code into another running process to modify its behavior. This technique can be used for good or evil, but either way it can cause problems.

  • You Should Pay Attention to These Android Manufacturers if You Care About Updates

    The Android update landscape is a disaster that has plagued the OS for years. “Fragmentation” is a common complaint against Android, but some manufacturers are starting to take the necessary steps to correct this years-long problem.

  • Security updates for Monday

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Raspberry Pi Updates

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 17:16

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Red Hat's Business News

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 16:28

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How to Connect to Google Drive in Ubuntu Using Nautilus

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 15:50

There are no official Google Drive native client available for Ubuntu/Linux. However, there are some unofficial apps, but they are, well unofficial. However, there are still some ways you can access your files in Google drive via Gnome Shell’s in-built Google account integration settings in Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 18.04, 18.10 provides several online account connection features via settings manager. This short guide would explain the steps to access Google Drive/Google Account in Ubuntu via file manager.

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today's howtos

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 09:18

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Ubuntu and CentOS Are Undoing a GNOME Security Feature

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 06:22

Current versions of Ubuntu and CentOS are disabling a security feature that was added to the GNOME desktop environment last year.

The feature's name is Bubblewrap, which is a sandbox environment that the GNOME Project added to secure GNOME's thumbnail parsers in July 2017, with the release of GNOME 3.26.

Also: Open Source Security Podcast: Episode 111 - The TLS 1.3 and DNS episode

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Guix System Distribution 0.15.0 and ReactOS 0.4.9

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 03:25

While both of the projects I experimented with this week are driven by very interesting concepts (GuixSD offers a purely free system with advanced package management and ReactOS attempts to be an open source replacement for Windows) there are limiting aspects to both projects which would keep me from running them on a regular basis.

GuixSD has a package manager that I like. I've used related technology through NixOS in the past and loved how easy it was to rollback problems, manage accounts and skip forward or backward instantly through installed package versions. Where I feel GuixSD let me down was in its limited hardware support (there are no non-free drivers or firmware) and its limited documentation. There are instructions for using GuixSD when all is going well, but nothing I felt was helpful when the package manager was not operating the way I expected.

ReactOS, while a completely different operating system with its own kernel, installer and programs, ultimately had a similar problem: limited hardware support. The operating system's Live edition did not work in either of my environments and I had to work around having a limited set of drivers. Another issue with ReactOS was the stability. The system tended to lock up if more than a few programs were running, or if I tried to cancel an intensive task like installing a new application.

Both of these projects present interesting ideas, however both are still (as their documentation pages point out) in an unstable stage of development. They should be used with caution and probably not as a main, day-to-day operating system.

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Leftovers: Solus and Android

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 02:39
  • A Bigger Toolbox | The Roundup #9

    Welcome to The Roundup #9, your bytes of Solus news. In this roundup, we are focusing on the continued modernizing of our software stack, improved resilience, and what is coming up this week!

  • Solus Deploys Flatpak 1.0, Prepares For X.Org Server 1.20, Better Intel GVT Support

    The popular Solus Linux distribution has experienced a busy week of updates but more changes are on the way to this desktop-focused OS.


  • Best ROMs for Galaxy Note 8
  • Google Found A Serious Security Flaw In Fortnite Installer For Android

    Epic Games’ decision to make its popular game Fortnite available on Android through its own website instead of Google Play Store seems to have backfired.

    Google has publicly disclosed an extremely dangerous security flaw in Fortnite’s installer that allows attackers to download anything on an Android phone.

  • My 20 years of web

    Next I joined the Mozilla to work on the Firefox platform partnerships. It has been fascinating working with this team, which originated from the Netscape browser in the 1990's and transformed into an open-source non-profit focusing on the advancement of internet technology in conjunction with their former competitors, Microsoft, Google and Apple.

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Software Freedom: Federation, Fediverse, Commons Clause and FreeBSD DRM

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 02:37
  • #Friendica vs #Hubzilla vs #Mastodon

    I've been running a #Friendica node for several years now. Some months ago I also started to run a #Hubzilla hub as well. Some days ago I also installed #Mastodon on a virtual machine, because there was so much hype about Mastodon in the last days due to some changes Twitter made in regards of 3rd party clients.

    All of those social networks do have their own focus:

    Friendica: basically can connect to all other social networks, which is quite nice because there exists historically two different worlds: the Federation (Diaspora, Socialhome) and the Fediverse (GnuSocial, Mastodon, postActiv, Pleroma). Only Friendica and Hubzilla can federate with both: Federation and Fediverse.
    Friendicas look&feel appears sometimes a little bit outdated and old, but it works very well and reliable.

    Hubzilla: is the second player in the field of connecting both federations, but has a different focus. It is more of one-size-fits-all approach. If you need a microblogging site, a wiki, a cloud service, a website, etc. then Hubzilla is the way to go. The look&feel is a little bit more modern, but there are some quirks that appears a little odd to me. A unique feature for Hubzilla seems to be the concept of "nomadic accounts": you can move to a different hub and take all your data with you. Read more about that in the Hubzilla documentation.

  • The Commons Clause will destroy open source


    Personally, I have a harder go of it because very little of my open source software is appealing to the businesses that have the budget to sponsor them. Instead, I rely on the (much smaller and less stable) recurring donations of my individual users. When I started accepting these, I did not think that it was going to work out. But today, I’m making far more money from these donations than I ever thought possible2, and I see an upwards trend which will eventually lead me to being able to work on open source full time. If I were able to add only a few business-level sponsorships to this equation, I think I would easily have already reached my goals.


    There are other options for securing financing for open source, some of which Redis has already been exploring. Selling a hosted and supported version of your service is often a good call. Offering consulting support for your software has also worked for many groups in the past. Some projects succeed with (A)GPL for everyone and BSD for a price. These are all better avenues to explore - making your software proprietary is a tragic alternative that should not be considered.

  • FreeBSD DRM Is Causing A Load Of In-Fighting This Week

    DRM is causing a lot of vibrant discussions this week on the FreeBSD mailing list... And no, it's not even Digital Rights Management but rather colorful commentary about their Direct Rendering Manager code and plans for FreeBSD 12.

    It began by an announcement made back on 21 August that DRM/DRM2 has been removed from the upcoming FreeBSD 12.0 release. For Direct Rendering Manager kernel graphics driver support moving forward, users should use graphics/drm-legacy-kmod if running really old graphics hardware otherwise one of the drm-stable-kmod / drm-next-kmod / drm-devel-kmod options from FreeBSD Ports.

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Software: Linux Release Roundup, KDE Localisation and New GParted

Pon, 08/27/2018 - 02:36
  • Linux Release Roundup: Tilix, Wine, Freespire Linux + More

    Another week, another roundup of recent Linux app, utility and distro releases.

    This week we’re taking in a variety of projects, including a popular terminal tool, a development update a famous Windows compatibility layer, and a Linux distro that many (myself included) forget existed!

    As always, these are the releases that either didn’t merit their own dedicated post, or I simply didn’t get around to writing about in the week.

  • Localization: Translate KDE Dolphin and Preview Translation

    Suppose you want to translate Dolphin File Manager into your language --say, Indonesian-- and quickly preview each change. You can do it as long as you know the basic workflow and commands. You will be able to translate the menubar, toolbar, configurations, and more to your language. Here's a simple guide that is very easy for anyone to try out and have fun.

  • GParted – Graphical Disk Partition Editor – Releases Version 0.32.0

    GParted is the best graphical disk partition utility for Linux. It is capable of creating, resizing, deleting partitions in Disks, USB drives. Based on libparted, it supports almost all popular file systems.

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