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Ubuntu 14.10 'Utopic Unicorn' Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes: Ubuntu Posted by: comforteagle

From the Unicorn dept.:
Ubuntu 14.10 runs the 3.16 kernel which offers better support for Power8 and ARM 64 architectures and graphics support for NVIDIA and AMD graphics as well as Intel’s Haswell, Broadwell, Merrifield and upcoming Cherryview chips. The kernel gives an improved audio experience with support for the Radeon H.264 video encoder. This release also brings performance improvements in suspend/resume times.

Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical comments; “The continued development and quality of Ubuntu on the desktop is creating more demand from government, education, business, developers and consumers alike. Downloads of Ubuntu are consistently strong and we are experiencing rapid growth of our OEM business.”

Published Oct 24, 2014 - 12:13 PM Read more...





Shellshock Patches Not Enough: Security Posted by: comforteagle

From the It's only just begun... dept.:
The Shellshock vulnerability in the commonly used Bash command line interpreter shell is likely to require more patches, as security researchers continue to unearth further problems in the code.

Google security researcher Michal "lcamtuf" Zalewski has disclosed to iTnews that over the past two days he has discovered two previously unaddressed issues in the Bash function parser, one of which is as bad as the original Shellshock vulnerability.

Published Sep 29, 2014 - 12:33 PM Read more...


Software Patents Crumbling, Thanks to the Supreme Court: Legal Posted by: comforteagle

From the Crumble dept.:
The Supreme Court's June ruling on the patentability of software - its first in 33 years - raised as many questions at it answered. One specific software patent went down in flames in the case of Alice v. CLS Bank, but the abstract reasoning of the decision didn't provide much clarity on which other patents might be in danger.

Now a series of decisions from lower courts is starting to bring the ruling's practical practical consequences into focus. And the results have been ugly for fans of software patents. By my count there have been 10 court rulings on the patentability of software since the Supreme Court's decision - including six that were decided this month. Every single one of them has led to the patent being invalidated.

Published Sep 18, 2014 - 03:54 PM Read more...


VPN Resources & How to Watch Streaming Video Anywhere in the World: Information Posted by: comforteagle

How does a VPN work?

A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, such as the Internet. It enables a computer to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if it is directly connected to the private network, while benefiting from the functionality, security and management policies of the private network. A VPN is created by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, virtual tunneling protocols, or traffic encryptions.

A virtual private network connection across the Internet is similar to a wide area network (WAN) link between websites. From a user perspective, the extended network resources are accessed in the same way as resources available within the private network.

VPNs allow employees to securely access their company's intranet while traveling outside the office. Similarly, VPNs securely connect geographically separated offices of an organization, creating one cohesive network. VPN technology is also used by Internet users to connect to proxy servers for the purpose of protecting personal identity and location.

Published Sep 12, 2014 - 10:37 PM Read more...


PHP 5.6.0 Released: Languages Posted by: comforteagle

From the "..." dept.:
The PHP Development Team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.6.0. This new version comes with new features, some backward incompatible changes and many improvements.

The main features of PHP 5.6.0 include:

Constant scalar expressions.
Variadic functions and argument unpacking using the ... operator.
Exponentiation using the ** operator.
Function and constant importing with the use keyword.
phpdbg as an interactive integrated debugger SAPI.
php://input is now reusable, and $HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA is deprecated.
GMP objects now support operator overloading.
File uploads larger than 2 gigabytes in size are now accepted.

Published Aug 29, 2014 - 12:44 PM Read more...


Oracle Linux 7: Linux Posted by: comforteagle

From the Rehash dept.:
Another of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) rebuilds has released its version of RHEL 7: Oracle Linux 7 for x86_64 is now available. It does add some features, including DTrace, Ksplice, and Xen.

Published Jul 25, 2014 - 03:26 PM Read more...


LibreSSL Initial Release: Security Posted by: comforteagle

From the dept.:
The first release of LibreSSL portable has been released. LibreSSL can be found in the LibreSSL directory of your favorite OpenBSD mirror.

http://ftp.openbsd.org/pub/OpenBSD/LibreSSL has it, and other mirrors will soon.

libressl-2.0.0.tar.gz has been tested to build on various versions of Linux, Solaris, Mac OSX, and FreeBSD.

This is intended as an initial release to allow the community to start using and providing feedback. We will be adding support for other platforms as time and resources permit.

Published Jul 14, 2014 - 01:38 PM Read more...


CentOS 7 Released On X86_64: Linux Posted by: comforteagle

From the x86 dept.:
Today, CentOS project unveiled CentOS Linux 7 for 64 bit x86 compatible machines. CentOS conforms fully with Red Hat's redistribution policy and aims to have full functional compatibility with the upstream product released in last month. The new version includes systemd, firewalld, GRUB2, LXC, docker, xfs instead of ext4 filesystem by default. The Linux kernel updated to 3.10.0, support for Linux Containers, 3d graphics drivers out of the box, OpenJDK 7, support for 40G Ethernet cards, installations in UEFI secure Boot mode on compatible hardware and more.

Published Jul 08, 2014 - 12:09 PM Read more...


Mozilla teams up with Foxconn - Tablet?: Mozilla Posted by: comforteagle

From the Moz Tablet dept.:
Mozilla is working with Apple hardware-maker Foxconn to release a mobile device running Firefox OS, it told news outlets on Monday, and plans to unveil it at an event next week.

The foundation told Reuters it had teamed up with Hon Hai Precision Industry Co on the device as part of its global expansion plans for the operating system. Local news service Focus Taiwan has reported an "industry insider" as saying the device is a tablet, although we could not immediately confirm this.

Published May 29, 2013 - 11:53 AM Read more...


Aussie Government Proposes OpenDocument As the Standard Format: Standards Posted by: comforteagle

From the Interop dept.:
The Australian government chief technical officer wants some views on proposals for the official standard operating environment, which features OpenDocument as the proposed document format. Otherwise, the Aussie government is pretty much a Microsoft shop, with Windows 7 x64 and IE10 as the standard platform. 'Interoperability and support for several versions of Microsoft Office is cited by the AGCTO as reasons to go with ODF, along with flexibility and the fact that the format is continously updated and developed. Spreadsheet formulae are now included in the ODF 1.2 specification as well and the AGTO believes that this, along with Microsoft Office 2013 supporting the format, will help to reliably transfer formulae between applications.'

Published May 29, 2013 - 11:44 AM Read more...
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