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October 19, 2014
A mobile, Android A/V robot on Kickstarter called the “Keecker” offers surround sound, a pico projector, a panoramic camera, sensors, and 1TB of storage. The word “robot” is never used on the Keecker Kickstarter page, but the device rolls around like other household bots. The Keecker navigates with the help of smartphone instructions, as well […]
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at open source in Europe, Adobe dropping support for Linux, open source drones, and more!Open source news for your reading pleasure.October 11 - 17, 2014read more
Glaringly left out, of course, is one of the better Linux hardware makers, ZaReason, a long-time FOSS manufacturer of a wide range of hardware, from tablets to servers. Truth in advertising: I have a long history of using ZaReason hardware, and every laptop and desktop that I’ve had — whether for review or purchase — has been outstanding. The laptop I once used on a daily basis was absconded by my teenage daughter, who now puts the hardware through some pretty rigorous paces for an out-of-production model (an Alto 3880).
There is no shortage of Linux distributions to serve specific markets and use cases. In the security market, a number of Linux distributions are widely used, including Kali Linux, which is popular with security penetration testers.
Nintendo: it protects what it believes it owns with great vigor. The company has rarely missed an opportunity to make sure that other people are not allowed to alter or mess with the stuff Nintendo insists is Nintendo's. In an apparent effort to maximize the irony combo-meter, Nintendo also has been known to make sure that customers don't mess with or alter the properties those customers actually own, such as online support for games that Nintendo decided to alter long after purchase... just because.But the cold grip of Nintendo's control over its customers' property is apparently no longer limited to games. Nintendo recently released an update for the Wii U that forces you to "agree" to a new end-user license agreement, or else it simply bricks the console altogether.
Kickstarter removed a fundraiser for a popular Tor-based router project on Friday afternoon.
October 18, 2014
Telecom industry’s stealth campaign uses everything from art installations to LOLcats.
Every week, I tally the numbers and listen to the buzz to bring you the best of last week's open source news and stories on Opensource.com, this week October 13 - 17, 2014.read more
Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.2, is out. This release fixes numerous security issues and all users must upgrade as soon as possible. Major new features: install (most of) the Tor browser, replacing our previous Iceweasel-based browser, the version installed is from TBB 4.0 and is based on Firefox 31.2.0esr, this fixes the POODLE vulnerability; upgrade Tor to 0.2.5.8-rc; confine several important applications with AppArmor. Bug fixes: install Linux kernel 3.16.5. Minor improvements: upgrade I2P to 0.9.15 and isolate I2P traffic from the Tor Browser by adding a dedicated I2P Browser, also, start I2P automatically upon network connection, when the i2p boot option is added; make it clear that TrueCrypt will be removed in Tails 1.2.1 and document how to open TrueCrypt volumes with cryptsetup.
It's a busy time of the year for OpenStack, with the Juno release just out the door and planning for the upcoming release Kilo already underway. In celebration of new release and the OpenStack Summit in Paris on November 3-7, Opensource.com is featuring a number of interviews with key speakers at the event.read more
The problem with Shellshock is similar to problems that emerged after the Heartbleed bug and numerous other vulnerabilities—while organizations struggle to understand the disclosures, how they affect their systems, and how to successfully implement patches, others—including security researchers—race to build proof-of-concept attacks based on them to demonstrate exactly how dire they are. And those proofs of concept often get picked up by cybercriminals and others with bad intent before organizations can effectively patch them—using them to exploit systems in ways that are much longer-lasting than the vulnerability du jour.
The organizing team of Managua FUDCon 2014, led by the event organizer Neville Cross, is pleased to announce that the Fedora Users and Developers Conference Latin America (FUDCon LATAM) will start on Thursday, October 23.
This week, we look at GE going all in on the public cloud, the impact of the cloud on the recent corporate splits at HP, Symantec and eBay and the IBM-SAP cloud partnership.
OpenStack Juno, the 10th release of the open source cloud-computing operating system, introduces new data processing, storage and network functions virtualization (NFV) features as well as enterprise readiness.
Android 5.0 "Lollipop" won't ship to the public for a couple more weeks, but Google has tossed developers a bone by releasing the final SDK and system images for select Nexus devices ahead of launch.