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November 19, 2013
Last week I shared results of Fedora 19 vs. Fedora 20 Beta Linux performance from an AMD Opteron system and those results were of much interest to many Phoronix readers, so to kick off a new week of Linux benchmarking are results from that system when adding in Ubuntu 13.10 and Scientific Linux 6.4 (RHEL-based) to this Linux OS comparison.
The developers confirmed to me via twitter they are in fact planning to bring Solar Flux to Linux! This interesting strategy game looks like it will have a lot of fans for good visuals and engaging game-play. Ride those solar flares baby!
An IHS Automotive market study projects that by 2020, Linux will push past QNX and Microsoft to lead a 130 million unit in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) market with a 41.3 percent share. The report follows last week’s revelation that Toyota and Jaguar/Land Rover are working on IVI systems that run the Linux-based Tizen OS.
If there's one place, you would think Microsoft would dominate the market, it's the desktop, but as Amazon and Google sell the desktop --lock, stock and barrel --in the cloud, Microsoft once again finds itself playing catch up.
At a presentation in a conference room inside the US Capitol on Friday, Schneier—who has been helping The Guardian review the trove of documents provided by Snowden—said that in its haste to "weaponize" the Internet, the NSA has broken its mechanisms of security. And those breaks—including the backdoors that the NSA convinced or coerced software developers to put into the implementations of their encryption and other security products, are so severe that it is now just a matter of time before others with less-noble causes than fighting terrorism will be able to exploit the holes the NSA has created.Schneier said that the vulnerabilities inserted into security products by the NSA through its BULLRUN program could easily be exploited by criminals and other nation-states as well once they are discovered. And the other attacks and surveillance methods used by the NSA "will be tomorrow's doctoral theses and next week's Science Fair projects."
Acer rolled out the Chromebook C720-2848 against the HP Chromebook 11. In fact, HP recalled its Google Chromebook amid overheating charger concerns from users.
Ghost is a relatively new blog publishing platform which started out as a £25,000 Kickstarter project. While WordPress is still the dominant blogging tool on the web, it has now evolved into a general content management platform with tons of third party developed features, and over time has become increasingly cumbersome and complex to maintain. On the other hand, now only a couple of months old, Ghost promises to remain as a pure blogging platform with slick user-centric publishing interface. This tutorial describes how to set up Ghost blogging platform on Linux.
VIDEO: Avi Kivity, developer of the open-source KVM hypervisor, explains how he got his code into the Linux kernel and why KVM is still popular.
Security researchers have discovered a Linux backdoor that uses a covert communication protocol to disguise its presence on compromised systems. The malware was used in an attack on a large (unnamed) hosting provider back in May. It cleverly attempted to avoid setting off any alarm bells by injecting its own communications into legitimate traffic, specifically SSH chatter.
November 18, 2013
What’s also impressive about the latest TOP500 List is that 482 of the supercomputers run one version of Linux or the other. That’s more than 96%. Only two, ranked 237 and 309, run a Windows operating system. Eleven run IBM’s AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive) OS, and four run a mixed CNK/SLES 9 (Computer Node Kernel and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server). Only one runs Super-UX, a BSD-based operating system.
Dell's Project Sputnik, its Ubuntu-based laptop for cloud developers, gains new engineering resources and collaboration with outside developers.
Requests from governments worldwide for user information have more than doubled since three years ago. Worse still, says Google, is what the US won't let us tell you... Google also urged Washington to take action to shore up privacy protections for US citizens: We strongly believe that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) must be updated in this Congress, and we urge Congress to expeditiously enact a bright-line, warrant-for-content rule. Governmental entities should be required to obtain a warrant--issued based on a showing of probable cause--before requiring companies like Google to disclose the content of users' electronic communications.
Free Software Foundation president Richard Stallman tried to get Stratfor hacker Jeremy Hammond’s judge to only hand down a community service sentence. Hammond, instead, received 10 years in jail...
Who is Michael Jones, and what did he invent?After a five years of legal battles over Jones’ patent, involving hundreds of lawsuits and tens of millions of dollars in payments, that question still has no clear answer.Whatever the invention, hundreds of companies have paid tribute to it. Jones’ patent, now wielded through a holding company called TQP Development, has become one of the most widely asserted patents in history. In complaints, TQP lawyers have accused website after website of patent infringement for using one of the most common Web-encryption strategies: combining the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol with the RC4 encryption algorithm.But Jones didn’t invent SSL or RC4, an algorithm invented in 1987, two years before the filing date of the Jones patent.
Following my recent post on the initiatives now in place to rebalance the demographics of the Linux Kernel community, I would like to share a set of specific training activities to get beginners, specifically college students, involved in the kernel.These were created by an enthusiastic group at Red Hat, including Matthew Whitehead and Priti Kumar, and unfolded on campus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rensselaer Center for Open Source (RCOS), and State University of New York at Albany.
In the past week I have found myself using video editing software for the first time. This article looks at some of the tools I have encountered for screencasting and video editing, using Ubuntu, as well as mentioning some of the pitfalls I encountered.
Recently I’ve discovered this project that has great ambitions: arkOS is an open-source platform for securely self-hosting your online life.Everything started from the founder Jacob Cook and the CitizenWeb Project he founded. It’s designed to run on a Raspberry Pi – a super-low-cost single board computer – and ultimately will let users, even of the non-technical variety, run from within their homes email, social networking, storage and other services that are increasingly getting shunted out into the cloud, and so under the control of big companies.So in short arkOS is a lightweight Linux-based operating system that runs on a Raspberry Pi.