Google Lets SMTP Certificate Expire - mer, 13/05/2015 - 12:59
From the Oopsie dept.:
Google on Saturday let a digital certificate expire that was used to secure its domain, the domain used by Gmail and Google Apps users to send outgoing email.

The certificate was issued by Google Internet Certificate Authority G2, which issues digital certificates for Google web sites and properties.
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Open Crypto Audit Passes TrueCrypt - mer, 13/05/2015 - 12:59
From the Grading dept.:
At his blog, cryptographer Matt Green announced that the Open Crypto Audit project's review of the now-abandoned TrueCrypt encryption tool is complete, and that "based on this audit, Truecrypt appears to be a relatively well-designed piece of crypto software. The NCC audit found no evidence of deliberate backdoors, or any severe design flaws that will make the software insecure in most instances."

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CIA 'tried to crack security of Apple devices' - mer, 13/05/2015 - 12:59
From the Inconceivable! dept.:
The CIA led sophisticated intelligence agency efforts to undermine the encryption used in Apple phones, as well as insert secret surveillance back doors into apps, top-secret documents published by the Intercept online news site have revealed.

The newly disclosed documents from the National Security Agency’s internal systems show surveillance methods were presented at its secret annual conference, known as the "jamboree".
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Xen Security Bug: Amazon, Rackspace Cloud Reboots - mer, 13/05/2015 - 12:59
From the Bugs dept.:
Amazon Web Services and Rackspace are warning their customers of upcoming reboots they’re taking to address a new Xen hypervisor security issue.

In a premium support bulletin issued Thursday night, Amazon said fewer than 10 percent of all EC2 instances will require work but the affected instances must be updated by March 10. Rackspace also notified customers of the issue, which will affect a subset of a portion of its First and Next Generation Cloud Servers, Thursday night. Later on Friday, Linode also warned users of an upcoming Xen-related reboot.
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FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules - mer, 13/05/2015 - 12:59
From the Not Buffering.... dept.:
It's a good day for proponents of an open internet: The Federal Communications Commission just approved its long-awaited network neutrality plan, which reclassifies broadband internet as a Title II public utility and gives the agency more regulatory power in the process. And unlike the FCC's last stab at net neutrality in 2010, today's new rules also apply to mobile broadband. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler laid out the basic gist of the plan earlier this month -- it'll ban things like paid prioritization, a tactic some ISPs used to get additional fees from bandwidth-heavy companies like Netflix, as well as the slowdown of "lawful content." But now Wheeler's vision is more than just rhetoric; it's something the FCC can actively enforce.
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Kaspersky: Your HDDs were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS - mer, 13/05/2015 - 12:59
From the Backdoor dept.:
The US National Security Agency (NSA) has infected hard disk firmware with spyware in a campaign valued as highly as Stuxnet that dates back at least 14 years and possibly up to two decades, according to an analysis by Kaspersky Labs.
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Live Patching Now Available For Linux - mer, 13/05/2015 - 12:59
From the You First dept.:
You may never have to reboot your Linux machine ever again, even for kernel patching," and excerpts from the long (and nicely human-readable) description of newly merged kernel code that does what Ksplice has for quite a while (namely, offer live updating for Linux systems, no downtime required), but without Oracle's control. It provides a basic infrastructure for function "live patching" (i.e. code redirection), including API for kernel modules containing the actual patches, and API/ABI for userspace to be able to operate on the patches (look up what patches are applied, enable/disable them, etc). It's relatively simple and minimalistic, as it's making use of existing kernel infrastructure (namely ftrace) as much as possible. It's also self-contained, in a sense that it doesn't hook itself in any other kernel subsystem (it doesn't even touch any other code). It's now implemented for x86 only as a reference architecture, but support for powerpc, s390 and arm is already in the works (adding arch-specific support basically boils down to teaching ftrace about regs-saving).
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​Ubuntu jumps into Internet of Things with Acer, GE, and Microsoft

ZDNet Open Source - lun, 11/05/2015 - 20:04
Yes, you read the headline correctly. Microsoft and Canonical are partnering up on IoT.

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The FSF is hiring: Seeking a Boston-area full-time Web Developer

Free Software Foundation - jeu, 07/05/2015 - 21:25

This position, reporting to the executive director, works closely with our sysadmin team to maintain and improve the FSF's Web presence. It's an especially exciting time to join the FSF team, because we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this October.

The FSF uses several different free software web platforms in the course of its work, both internally and externally. These platforms are critical to work supporting the GNU Project, free software adoption, free media formats, and freedom on the Internet; and to opposing bulk surveillance, Digital Restrictions Management, software patents, and proprietary software.

We are looking for someone who is primarily interested in keeping these systems up-to-date and working, as well as customizing them when necessary. While the main duties will relate to the backend systems, frontend experience with templates, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and design tools will be a big plus.

The Web Developer will also contribute to decisions about which new platforms to use or which existing ones to retire. The infrastructure of,, and will likely be changed this year, so there will be some critically important research and work to be done right away.

We emphasize opportunities to contribute work done at the FSF to the upstream projects we use, to benefit the broader free software community.

You'll primarily work with:

  • CiviCRM
  • Drupal
  • MediaWiki
  • Plone / Zope
  • Ikiwiki
  • Request Tracker
  • Django / Satchmo
  • Etherpad
  • CAS
  • GNU social
  • GNU MediaGoblin

Because the FSF works globally and seeks to have our materials distributed in as many languages as possible, multilingual candidates will have an advantage. English, German, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Malagasy, and a little Japanese, are represented among current FSF staff.

With our small staff of twelve, each person makes a clear contribution. We work hard, but offer a humane and fun work environment at an office located in the heart of downtown Boston.

The FSF is a mature but growing organization that provides great potential for advancement; existing staff get the first chance at any new job openings. This position is a great starting point for anyone who might be interested in other roles on our technical team in the future.

Benefits and salary

The job must be worked on-site at FSF's downtown Boston office. An on-site interview will be required with the executive director and other team members.

This job is a union position. The salary is fixed at $51,646.40 annually. Other benefits include:

  • conference travel opportunities,
  • full family health coverage through Blue Cross/Blue Shield's HMO Blue program,
  • subsidized dental plan,
  • four weeks of paid vacation annually,
  • seventeen paid holidays annually,
  • public transit commuting cost reimbursement,
  • 403(b) program through TIAA-CREF,
  • yearly cost-of-living pay increases, and
  • potential for an annual performance bonus.
Application instructions

Applications must be submitted via email to The email must contain the subject line "Web Developer". A complete application should include:

  • resume,
  • cover letter, and
  • links to any previous work online.

All materials must be in a free format (such as plain text, PDF, or OpenDocument, and not Microsoft Word). Email submissions that do not follow these instructions will probably be overlooked. No phone calls, please.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To guarantee consideration, submit your application by Wednesday, May 27th, 10:00AM EDT.

The FSF is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or application for employment on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap, or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law. We value diversity in our workplace.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at and, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for journalists and publishers, is at

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​EMC partners with Canonical, Mirantis, and Red Hat for OpenStack

ZDNet Open Source - mer, 06/05/2015 - 15:50
The storage giant is partnering up to bring its hardware to the major OpenStack clouds.

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​Here comes RHEL beta 6.7

ZDNet Open Source - mer, 06/05/2015 - 12:58
Not ready for the jump to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7? Be of good cheer, Red Hat is still improving Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x.

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Community is the focus of 2015's International Day Against DRM

Free Software Foundation - mar, 05/05/2015 - 23:40

The groups are united in envisioning a world without Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), technology that places arbitrary restrictions on what people can do with digital media, often by spying on them. As the largest anti-DRM event in the world, the International Day Against DRM is an important counterpoint to the pro-DRM message broadcast by powerful media and software companies. The Day is coordinated by Defective by Design, the anti-DRM campaign of the Free Software Foundation.

This year, community members are the highlight of the Day. Activists have organized twelve events in Bangladesh, Canada, England, Guatemala, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, the US, and Greece (as of May 5th).

Events in at least nine countries. See for the most up-to-date list.

Four individuals with unique perspectives also worked with Defective by Design to write community posts: two blind anti-DRM activists, an anti-DRM tech librarian, and a social scientist/activist analyzing the rise of DRM in streaming media services.

Bookstores and publishers, including O'Reilly Media, are offering sales on DRM-free media and advocacy organizations allied with Defective by Design will also be making official statements. Activists in Russia, Romania, and France have already translated the anti-DRM flyer into their native languages, and more translations are in progress. More groups are expected to join on the day itself.

Zak Rogoff, campaigns manager for the Free Software Foundation, said "Powerful entertainment and technology companies use DRM to restrict our use of digital media, demanding control over our computers and network connections in the process. Our community is doing everything we can to organize and build tools to protect our freedom. Our opponents are strong enough to have the government on their side in most countries, but when we come together, we are strong too."

Individuals can participate with a variety of online and in-person actions on, from media downloads to gatherings. To be part of Defective by Design's year-round anti-DRM campaigns, supporters can join the low-volume Action Alerts email list or join the discussion on the email discussion list or #dbd IRC channel. Media stores, activist organizations and other groups interested in participating in the International Day Against DRM today or in 2016 should contact

About Defective By Design

Defective by Design is the Free Software Foundation's campaign against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). DRM is the practice of imposing technological restrictions that control what users can do with digital media, creating a good that is defective by design. DRM requires the use of proprietary software and is a major threat to computer user freedom. It often spies on users as well. The campaign, based at, organizes anti-DRM activists for in-person and online actions, and challenges powerful media and technology interests promoting DRM. Supporters can donate to the campaign at

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at and, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

Media Contact

Zak Rogoff
Campaigns Manager
Free Software Foundation
(202) 489-6887


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Google, Red Hat, and VMware announce CoreOS container support

ZDNet Open Source - lun, 04/05/2015 - 20:08
Docker faces challenge as CoreOS's open container format gains allies

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​Linux is an operating system for all ages

ZDNet Open Source - lun, 04/05/2015 - 14:23
Linux is for everyone from 13 to 84. Don't believe me? See for yourself.

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Over 720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014 - Apple set to drive major growth in wearables in 2015 - lun, 04/05/2015 - 13:00
From the Arm Wrestling dept.:
Over 720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014 out of a total of 4.6 million smart wearable bands. Though the Moto 360 remained supply constrained through Q4, Motorola was the clear leader among Android Wear vendors. LG’s round G Watch R performed significantly better than its original G Watch, while Asus and Sony entered the market with their own Android Wear devices. Pebble meanwhile shipped a total of 1 million units from its 2013 launch through to the end of 2014. Continual software updates, more apps in its app store and price cuts in the fall helped maintain strong sales in the second half of the year. ‘Samsung has launched six devices in just 14 months, on different platforms and still leads the smart band market. But it has struggled to keep consumers engaged and must work hard to attract developers while it focuses on Tizen for its wearables.’ said Canalys VP and Principal Analyst Chris Jones.
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​OpenStack Kilo: Turning it up to 11

ZDNet Open Source - ven, 01/05/2015 - 22:04
The latest OpenStack release brings bare metal support, better identity federation, and new object storage support to the popular open-source cloud.

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Why Windows embracing Android and iOS is a bad idea

ZDNet Open Source - jeu, 30/04/2015 - 22:16
How can there be a future for Windows on smartphones and tablets when Microsoft is encouraging developers to bring its apps from Apple and Google's ecosystem?

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New Multi-Core Raspberry Pi 2 Launches - jeu, 30/04/2015 - 19:00
From the Hemi dept.:
Coming in at the same $35 price-point that has come to be expected from the Raspberry Pi, it looks like the new Model 2 will be packing a quad-core ARM processor with a GB of RAM. From the article: "The Raspberry Pi Foundation is likely to provoke a global geekgasm today with the surprise release of the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B: a turbocharged version of the B+ boasting a new Broadcom BCM2836 900MHz quad-core system-on-chip with 1GB of RAM – all of which will drive performance "at least 6x" that of the B+.
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What's what in Debian Jessie

ZDNet Open Source - jeu, 30/04/2015 - 13:52
Getting a Debian Linux release out the door is never easy, but the latest and greatest, Debian 8, "Jessie" is out now.

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A Fedora 22 beta walk-through

ZDNet Open Source - lun, 27/04/2015 - 14:58
The new Fedora, with its GNOME 3.16 interface, is an interesting, powerful Linux desktop.

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