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Drupal Users Had Seven Hours to Patch or Be Hacked

October 31, 2014 in OSS

How the Drupal project was able to define the window of vulnerability is thanks in no small part to its community of hosting vendors. Greg Knaddison, director of engineering at Card.com and a member of the Drupal Security Team, explained to eWEEK that several companies that provide hosting focused on Drupal decided to create platform-level protection against this issue that not only mitigated the attacks, but also recorded data about them. Read the rest of this entry →

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Official Atom 64bit RPM And DEB Packages Available For Download [Quick Update]

October 31, 2014 in OSS

I’m sure many Atom users already know this, but I didn’t get to write an article about it, so here’s a quick update: the Atom developers have started providing 64bit DEB packages for more than a month. Also, 4 days ago, they added official 64bit RPM packages.Of course, this doesn’t mean I’ll stop maintaining Atom in the WebUpd8 Ubuntu Atom PPA – that’s still useful because it makes it easier to update Atom and also, because the PPA offers 32bit packages, which the Atom website doesn’t provide for now. For those not familiar with Atom, this is a “hackable text Read the rest of this entry →

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Collection of Useful Bash Functions and Aliases

October 31, 2014 in OSS

What follows is a collection of some of the aliases and functions that I use frequently, and which I believe may be useful to others as well. I showed them here in no particular order. Read the rest of this entry →

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Atom-based Ubuntu Touch tablet specs leaked

October 31, 2014 in OSS

Specs have been leaked for a 10.1-inch Ubuntu Touch tablet called “UT One” that runs on an Intel Atom Z3735D SoC, with shipments expected in December. The UT One tablet was revealed by Phoronix, which said the leak came from Andrew Bernstein, a Linux developer who had previously launched a failed Arch Linux spinoff called “Operating System U” that included the MATE desktop environment and Wayland windows manager. Read the rest of this entry →

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Canonical Adds Ubuntu OpenStack Distribution for Open Source Cloud Computing

October 31, 2014 in OSS

Canonical has announced its own distribution of OpenStack, the open source cloud computing operating system, built on top of Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu Linux has already enjoyed the distinction of being the most popular platform for hosting OpenStack clouds. But now, Canonical has taken its commitment to OpenStack a step further with the announcement of its own OpenStack distribution. Read the rest of this entry →

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Quick Look: Puppy Linux 6.0

October 31, 2014 in OSS

Puppy Linux 6.0 is a lightweight Linux distribution that can easily be run off a USB stick, SD card or live disc. This version has been dubbed “Tahrpup” by the Puppy Linux developers, and it is based on Ubuntu 14.04. It also uses Linux kernel 3.14.20. Read the rest of this entry →

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Detailed Report Shows How ISPs Are Making 'Business Choice' To Make Your Internet Connection Terrible

October 31, 2014 in OSS

A couple of years ago, we wrote about an effort by the big broadband players to push the FCC away from using M-Lab to measure basic network diagnostics on the internet. M-Lab is a very interesting project, focused on collecting a huge amount of data about internet performance, and making that data widely available. In the past, for example, we’ve highlighted an M-Lab project showing which ISPs were throttling BitTorrent.Now, M-Lab has released a new report, along with all of the data and a very nice tool to analyze it all, called the Internet Observatory, that looks at ISP interconnection Read the rest of this entry →

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CherryTree Review: The Rich Tree Notes Application

October 31, 2014 in OSS

CherryTree is a notes-taking application which organizes your notes into a hierarchical tree, has support for text formatting, and is written in GTK2/Python. Lately this application has got a lot of attention due to rich features and frequent updates. It also comes by default in distributions such as MakuluLinux MATE Edition. Read the rest of this entry →

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Ohio Linux Fest 2014 – Observations from the Fedora Booth

October 30, 2014 in OSS

Fedora Ambassadors report for Andrew Ward (award3535) and Julie Ward (jward78). Read the rest of this entry →

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Google's surprise Nexus 6 preorders anger some Android users

October 30, 2014 in OSS

In today’s Android roundup: Google is in deep doo-doo with some Android users over Nexus 6 preorders. Plus: The performance of Intel-based Android tablets, and Star Wars: Galactic Defense comes to Android. Read the rest of this entry →

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FreeCAD – Extensible Open Source CAx program

October 30, 2014 in OSS

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Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Now Available on Steam for Linux

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COM Express Type 2 modules keep the legacy alive

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