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December 12, 2014
I am happy to announce the fourth release, and the last this year, of SparkyLinux - 3.6 'Annagerman' LXDE, MATE, Razor-qt and Xfce. At the beginning, I'd like to thank all of our small but strong community members for their help with searching and solving bugs and problems. SparkyLinux 3.6 provides (as usual) all package updates, some bug fixes and small improvements, such as: Linux kernel 3.16.7, Xfce 4.10.1, LXDE 0.99.0, Razor-qt 0.5.2, MATE 1.8.1, Openbox 3.5.2; Twitter's microblogging client Hotot has been replaced by Turpial; the new wallpaper 'Vortex'; Sparky Conky Manager updated to version 0.1.7 with a new battery status applet.
Back in 2009, Sourcefire, the lead commercial sponsor behind the widely deployed Snort open-source intrusion detection/prevention system (IDS/IPS), was working on building out its next-generation Snort 3.0 release. It's a release that never happened—that is, until today. -
Let’s face it, if you’re a viewer of the TV show or a reader of the books or both, you’ve probably thought you could do much better than the characters in the story, right? Well, now we’re all going to get our chance to rise or fall in Westeros. I wonder how many of us will succeed and join the small council, or fail and end up dead and rotting high above the gates of Casterly Rock?
But the real reason behind Fedora 21’s success? It’s an odd-numbered release. Historically, the odd-numbered releases have always been better than the even-numbered ones. Don’t ask me why. There’s no documentation or detailed research to prove why it happens this way. It’s just a physical law of the universe.
The UT One tablet, the mobile device based on Canonical's Ubuntu Touch Linux OS, has been delayed, but its developer may instead release an Android device that can also run Ubuntu.
Pure-FTPd is a free (BSD), secure, production-quality and standard-conformant FTP server which is actively supported and designed with security in mind. It focuses on efficiency....
One of the most important features of the open source development community is its ability to self-correct, even if it takes a very long time. A number of issues in X servers have been corrected recently, and some of them were actually very old. The record holder is a bug introduced back in 1987.
Mozilla is planning to add support for Certificate Transparency checks in Firefox in the near future, but the company says that the feature won’t be turned on by default at first. Certificate Transparency is a proposal from engineers at Google that would help resolve some of the issues with certificate authorities, fraudulent certificates and stolen certificates. The framework would provide a public log of every certificate that’s issued by compliant CAs and also would provide proof to users’ browsers when each certificate is presented. Google is planning to implement CT in Chrome, and now Mozilla officials say that the company will implement in Firefox, but the process will be a gradual one.
From an application deployment perspective, applications for Snappy Ubuntu are packaged as "snaps," which provides a mechanism to help ensure package authenticity and security."Not only will users be able to validate what they downloaded is exactly what they wanted, they will also be able to validate that the current state on disk matches that at any time," Kirkland said. "The tools for this are not yet included, but are a critical piece of our security design and will become available during our beta program."
Adlink unveiled an “LEC-iMX6? SMARC COM built around Freescale’s i.MX6, with up to 2GB soldered DDR3L and 64GB eMMC, plus -40 to 85°C temperature support. The LEC-iMX6 is designed for portable — or just plain small — industrial automation, medical, testing and measurement, transportation, and digital signage applications. Like most embedded vendors this year, Adlink uses the IoT acronym, and here it actually seems to fit.
Developer behind the popular open source Vagrant tool expands with new commercial product and the money to move it forward.
The Porteus community was delighted to find that Santa had dropped into our chimney a little early this year and left a shiny new Porteus Desktop edition 3.1, as well as Porteus Kiosk edition 3.2.0. A major change in the new desktop edition is the inclusion of the new LXQt desktop which replaces both Razor-qt and LXDE. Changes in this release (relative to 3.1) include: Linux kernel 3.17.4; kernel configuration 0 compiled support for FB_EFI, increased number of Aufs branches to 1024, added input drivers; Porteus installer - user must type 'OK' before MBR will be updated; added 'ntpdate' utility from NTP package which synchronizes the clock over Internet if 'timezone=' cheatcode is enabled.
A new set of NVIDIA Linux drivers has been released and this time they are for the long-lived branch, which makes them perfect candidates to be added in the official repositories.
December 11, 2014
Firefox 35 Beta is now out for testing and it includes a few interesting new features that both end-users and developers will likely benefit from.
In today's open source roundup: Linux Mint 17.1 might be the best desktop distribution this year...or not. Plus: GNOME or KDE in Fedora 21? And Windows 10 users crave features that are already available in Linux.