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Microsoft and Its Patent Minions at Nokia Still Have Patent Stacking Ambitions Against Android/Linux OEMs

LXer - Mon, 2016-07-18 03:54
Weaponisation of European companies for the sake of artificial elevation of prices (patent taxes) a growing issue for Free/Open Source software (FOSS) and those behind it are circulating money among themselves not for betterment of products but for the crippling of FOSS contenders

Storing large binary files in git repositories

LinuxToday - Mon, 2016-07-18 03:00

 Linuxaria: Storing large binary files in Git repositories seems to be a bottleneck for many Git users.

Why Microsoft's Linux lovefest goes hand-in-hand with its Azure cloud strategy

LXer - Mon, 2016-07-18 02:00
What a difference 15 years makes. A little over 15 years ago to this month, Microsoft's then-CEO Steve Ballmer called Linux a "cancer" due to intellectual property concerns at the time. It's a commonly-held belief that Microsoft was at war with Linux as a result of the threat Linux posed to Windows Server.

systemd: Masking units

Reddit - Mon, 2016-07-18 01:22

Advisory: Don't order from unixstuff.net, it's a rip-off

Reddit - Mon, 2016-07-18 00:44

Back in February I ordered a bunch of stickers from unixstuff.com since I had a number of PCs running different distros I thought it'd be cool to put some nice stickers on.

I paid them immediately through PayPal, got the confirmation.... and then nothing. I never received anything from them.

I emailed the guys listed on the website along with the address on the PayPal receipt, and never received any response. I did this a few more times and nobody ever responded nor have I received anything.

So avoid unixstuff.net, they'll take your money but never send you a thing, apparently hoping you'll leave them alone long enough that they can keep the cash.

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Ideas for server project

Reddit - Mon, 2016-07-18 00:39


I am a senior in computer science and have recently installed ubuntu server on a spare computer around my house. I am interested in security and would like to work on a project in my free time for resume candy. I do web development for my job so naturally I installed the LAMP option along with ssh and DNS. I set up a basic site and configured a static ip for it. I could continue down the road of setting up a website to show employers, but I'd rather work on something I've never done before and security related. Any and all ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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today's leftovers

TuxMachines - Mon, 2016-07-18 00:19
  • Wayland's Weston Now Working On Libweston-Desktop

    Wayland developers continue working on Libweston, which is aiming to make more of the Weston reference compositor reusable by other Wayland compositors. This library offers much of the boilerplate code around the Wayland protocols to allow more sharing by compositors and making it more straight-forward to get things up and running. The latest component is Libweston-desktop.

  • 6 Excellent Open Source Google Drive Clients

    Google Drive, formerly Google Docs, is a file storage and synchronization service created by Google. They are a multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products that include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software.

    Google Drive allows users to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with collaborators. Google Drive includes Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more. Google Drive lets you open and edit files from any device. Users get 15GB of free storage. This includes Google Drive, Google Photos, and Gmail. More storage can be purchased. Drive uses Google’s highly-secure, custom-built data centers.

  • FreeType 2.7 Bringing DirectWrite/ClearType-Like Rendering -- Much Better Looking Fonts On Linux

    FreeType 2.7.0 will be shipping with the v40 TrueType instructions interpreter enabled by default. This interpreter is going to "finally brings DirectWrite/ClearType-like rendering to the screen, or 'subpixel hinting' as some FreeType code calls it."

  • Solus 1.2.1 Releases Tomorrow

    We’re really excited to be releasing our last “traditional” release, Solus 1.2.1, tomorrow. We opted to delay by a day just to ensure we don’t push ourselves too hard after the recent Hackfest, as well as being able to take the time to do additional QA.

  • GIMP and LibreOffice on Ubuntu Phone

    GIMP and LibreOffice on Ubuntu Phone - meizu MX4 ubuntu edition

  • Facebook Announces Open-Source Swift SDK Beta for iOS [Ed: Proprietary software company helps another proprietary software company with openwashing]

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Security News

TuxMachines - Mon, 2016-07-18 00:18
  • Microsoft’s Windows RT security patch also stops you from loading Linux

    It was big news when Microsoft announced it was working on a version of Windows that would run on tablets with ARM-based processors… but by the time Windows RT actually launched it was a lot less exciting. Devices like the Microsoft Surface and Surface 2 couldn’t run desktop Windows apps and weren’t significantly cheaper than Intel Atom-powered tablets running the full version of Windows, and they didn’t even get better battery life.

  • The sad state of Linux download security

    Installation images for many of the most popular Linux distributions are difficult or impossible to obtain securely via download.

  • Why we use the Linux kernel's TCP stack

    Let's start with a broader question - what is the point of running an operating system at all? If you planned on running a single application, having to use a kernel consisting of multiple million lines of code may sound like a burden.

    But in fact most of us decide to run some kind of OS and we do that for two reasons. Firstly, the OS layer adds hardware independence and easy to use APIs. With these we can focus on writing the code for any machine - not only the specialized hardware we have at the moment. Secondly, the OS adds a time sharing layer. This allows us to run more than one application at a time. Whether it's a second HTTP server or just a bash session, this ability to share resources between multiple processes is critical. All of the resources exposed by the kernel can be shared between multiple processes!


    Having said that, at CloudFlare we do use kernel bypass. We are in the second group - we care about performance. More specifically we suffer from IRQ storms. The Linux networking stack has a limit on how many packets per second it can handle. When the limit is reached all CPUs become busy just receiving packets. In that case either the packets are dropped or the applications are starved of CPU. While we don't have to deal with IRQ storms during our normal operation, this does happen when we are the target of an L3 (layer 3 OSI) DDoS attack. This is a type of attack where the target is flooded with arbitrary packets not belonging to valid connections - typically spoofed packets.

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Debian News

TuxMachines - Mon, 2016-07-18 00:16

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Red Hat News

TuxMachines - Mon, 2016-07-18 00:15

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The curious tale of vanishing Linux & SteamOS ports, a status on a few of them

LXer - Mon, 2016-07-18 00:05
People keep asking me to highlight this issue, so I will. There is a growing number of games that have at some point said a Linux port will happen and then we wait and nothing happens.

Nautilus Development

TuxMachines - Mon, 2016-07-18 00:05
  • GSoC 2016: The adventure begins

    Hello! I am Razvan, a technology & open-source enthusiast and I am working on what is probably the most interesting project for me so far, Nautilus. So far, this has been the highlight of my experience – lots of interesting things learned while coding and a great interaction with the community. This is mainly thanks to Carlos, captain of Nautilus, who always finds the time to help me and other contributors whenever we get stuck. On top of this, the funny chats with him and people from the GNOME community make contributing so much more enjoyable! Up until now I’ve been titled King of the Trash™, I’ve learned about some file system magic from Christian Hergert, and I’ve also been threatened by a katana-wielding GNOME samurai. Awesome, right?

  • Extraction support in Nautilus

    As a result, the output will always have the name of the source archive, making it easy to find after an extraction. Also, the maximum number of conflicts an extraction can have is just one, the output itself. Hurray, no more need to go through a thousand dialogs!

  • Improved File Extraction Coming To GNOME's Nautilus

    As part of Google Summer of Code, improved extraction support for compressed files is being worked on for the Nautilus file manager.

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KDE Notes and Blurbs

TuxMachines - Sun, 2016-07-17 23:05

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