Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA - il y a 1 min 13 sec
From the uknaejnJJUN9982jJN dept.:
When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all communications. But this month, we learned that Snowden used another technology to keep his communications out of the NSA’s prying eyes. It’s called Tails. And naturally, nobody knows exactly who created it.

Tails is a kind of computer-in-a-box. You install it on a DVD or USB drive, boot up the computer from the drive and, voila, you’re pretty close to anonymous on the internet. At its heart, Tails is a version of the Linux operating system optimized for anonymity. It comes with several privacy and encryption tools, most notably Tor, an application that anonymizes a user’s internet traffic by routing it through a network of computers run by volunteers around the world.
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL - il y a 1 min 13 sec
From the Plugging dept.:
The OpenBSD has started a cleanup of their in-tree OpenSSL library. Improvements include removing "exploit mitigation countermeasures", fixing bugs, removal of questionable entropy additions, and many more.
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Serious OpenSSL Vulnerability Renders Websites Wide Open #heartbleed - il y a 1 min 13 sec
From the #heartbleed dept.:
A serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic library has been discovered that allows attackers to steal information unnoticed.

Known as the Heartbleed bug, the vulnerability allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of systems that run vulnerable versions of OpenSSL, revealing the secret authentication and encryption keys to protect the traffic.

User names, passwords and the actual content of the communications can also be read.
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European Parliament Passes Strong Net Neutrality Law - il y a 1 min 13 sec
From the Neutral dept.:
European fans of the open internet can breathe a sigh of relief: the European parliament has passed a major package of telecoms law reform, complete with amendments that properly define and protect net neutrality.
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Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO - il y a 1 min 13 sec
From the Turnaround dept.:
Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.

Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.

Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.
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The New Mozilla CEO's Political Past Is Imperiling His Present - il y a 1 min 13 sec
From the Opinions are like.... dept.:
For the Internet community, the principles of free speech and equal rights are foundational. But in recent days, those issues are clashing at Mozilla, the nonprofit foundation and tech company behind the Firefox browser.

At issue is Brendan Eich, a co-founder of Mozilla, inventor of the much used Javascript programming language and the newly appointed CEO of the company. Eich made a $1,000 donation to the campaign for , which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. The donation had come to light in 2012, but fizzled.
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Python 3.4.0 Released - il y a 1 min 13 sec
From the New & Shiny dept.:
Python 3.4 includes a range of improvements of the 3.x series, including hundreds of small improvements and bug fixes. Major new features and changes in the 3.4 release series include:

* PEP 428, a "pathlib" module providing object-oriented filesystem paths
* PEP 435, a standardized "enum" module
* PEP 436, a build enhancement that will help generate introspection
information for builtins
* PEP 442, improved semantics for object finalization
* PEP 443, adding single-dispatch generic functions to the standard library
* PEP 445, a new C API for implementing custom memory allocators
* PEP 446, changing file descriptors to not be inherited by default
in subprocesses
* PEP 450, a new "statistics" module
* PEP 451, standardizing module metadata for Python's module import system
* PEP 453, a bundled installer for the *pip* package manager
* PEP 454, a new "tracemalloc" module for tracing Python memory allocations
* PEP 456, a new hash algorithm for Python strings and binary data
* PEP 3154, a new and improved protocol for pickled objects
* PEP 3156, a new "asyncio" module, a new framework for asynchronous I/O
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Android Tablet Sales Top Ipad - il y a 1 min 13 sec
From the Cheaper or Better dept.:
A new tipping point in the world of tablets: today the analysts at Gartner have released their tablet sales numbers for 2013, and Android has topped the list for the most popular platform for the first time, outselling Apple’s range of iPad tablets nearly twofold. Of the 195 million tablets sold in 2013, Android took nearly 62% of sales on 121 million tablets, while Apple sold 70 million iPad tablets for a 36% share.
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First Ubuntu Phones Partners Announced - il y a 1 min 13 sec
From the RingRing dept.:
Canonical today announces it has signed agreements with mobile device manufacturers bq ( (Spain) and Meizu (China) to bring Ubuntu smartphones to consumers globally. Canonical is working with these partners to ship the first Ubuntu devices on the latest hardware in 2014. Ubuntu has also received significant support from the world’s biggest carriers, some of which intend to work with OEM partners to bring phones to market this year.

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Mozilla To Sell Ads In Firefox Web Browser - il y a 1 min 13 sec
From the oh Barf dept.:
Mozilla will soon sell ads within its Firefox browser, the company announced Tuesday.

...The ads will appear within the tiles of Firefox's new tabs page, which will also begin to suggest pre-packaged content for first time users. Mozilla is calling the new initiative "Directory Tiles."

"Some of these tile placements will be from the Mozilla ecosystem, some will be popular websites in a given geographic location, and some will be sponsored content from hand-picked partners to help support Mozilla's pursuit of our mission," the company said in a blog post. "The sponsored tiles will be clearly labeled as such, while still leading to content we think users will enjoy."
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Ubuntu 14.04: Smoother than earlier versions (Gallery)

ZDNet Open Source - ven, 18/04/2014 - 21:35
It's smooth, pretty, and, in short, it's the nicest Ubuntu Linux desktop that's ever been.
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Ubuntu 14.04: Smoother than earlier versions (Gallery)

ZDNet Open Source - ven, 18/04/2014 - 20:52
It's smooth, pretty, and, in short, it's the nicest Ubuntu Linux desktop that's ever been.
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Hands on with Ubuntu 14.04: The best Ubuntu desktop ever

ZDNet Open Source - ven, 18/04/2014 - 20:52
I still find Ubuntu with Unity the best desktop of all for users who don't know computers and just want something easy to use.
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Icehouse: New OpenStack cloud arrives

ZDNet Open Source - jeu, 17/04/2014 - 22:28
Icehouse, the newest version of the leading open source cloud OpenStack, is now ready for users.
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Six Clicks: Linux Mint tips and tricks

ZDNet Open Source - jeu, 17/04/2014 - 19:37
Want to get the most out of Linux Mint, one of the most popular of the Linux desktops? Then read on!
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Coverity finds open source software quality better than proprietary code

ZDNet Open Source - mer, 16/04/2014 - 20:01
Coverity, a company specializing in software quality and security testing solutions, finds that open source programs tend to have fewer errors than proprietary programs.
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Apache SpamAssassin 3.4.0 - mer, 16/04/2014 - 15:30
From the X-Spam dept.:
This is a major release. It introduces over two years of bug fixes and features since the release of SpamAssassin 3.3.2 on June 16, 2011. 3.4.0 includes the Bayes Redis ( back-end (bug 6879), EDNS0 changes (bug 6910), native IPv6 support, numerous changes or features and a small API change in libspamc (bug 6562) with many other subtle changes.
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Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS Released - mer, 16/04/2014 - 15:30
From the Go Get 'Em dept.:
The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support.

As with 12.04.3, 12.04.4 contains an updated kernel and X stack for new installations on x86 architectures.

As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updated installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

Kubuntu 12.04.4 LTS, Edubuntu 12.04.4 LTS, Xubuntu 12.04.4 LTS, Mythbuntu 12.04.4 LTS, and Ubuntu Studio 12.04.4 LTS are also now available.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 release candidate arrives

ZDNet Open Source - mar, 15/04/2014 - 22:48
But where's the final release of Red Hat's flagship Linux server distribution?
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Heartbleed: Open source's worst hour

ZDNet Open Source - mar, 15/04/2014 - 00:12
People assumed that open source software is somehow magical, that it's immune to ordinary programming mistakes and security blunders. It's not.
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