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Libarchive Security Flaw Discovered

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 - 10:00 AM - (Security)

When it comes to security, everyone knows you shouldn't run executable files from an untrustworthy source. Back in the late 1990s, when web users were a little more naive, it was quite common to receive infected email messages with fake attachments. more>>

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SoftMaker FreeOffice

Monday, 20 June 2016 - 15:20 PM - (Software)

The bottom line on SoftMaker FreeOffice 2016—the updated, free, full-featured Office alternative to the expensive Microsoft Office suite—is this: no other free off more>>

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Snappy Moves to New Platforms

Thursday, 16 June 2016 - 12:00 PM - (Security)

Canonical's Snappy package manager is taking its first steps outside the Ubuntu world. As of now, you can install it on Arch, Debian, Fedora and several other popular distros. more>>

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Apricorn's Aegis Secure Key 3.0 USB Drives

Thursday, 09 June 2016 - 17:00 PM - (Security)

Packing a mighty punch in a tiny package is the Apricorn's Aegis Secure Key 3.0 line of software-free, hardware-encrypted USB drives, which recently added a 480GB version. more>>

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What's Our Next Fight?

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 - 18:00 PM - (Hardware)

We won the battle for Linux, but we're losing the battle for freedom.

Linux turns 25 in August 2016. Linux Journal turned 21 in April 2016. (Issue #1 was April 1994, the month Linux hit version 1.0.) We're a generation into the history of our cause, but the fight isn't there anymore, because we won. Our cause has achieved its effects. more>>

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Contrast Security's Contrast Enterprise

Thursday, 02 June 2016 - 21:27 PM - (Security)

With more and more businesses running on the Node.js server-side JavaScript runtime environment, application vulnerabilities are a growing threat to entire organizations. more>>

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Secure Desktops with Qubes: Installation

Saturday, 28 May 2016 - 11:00 AM - (Security)

This is the second in a multipart series on the Qubes operating system. In my first article, I gave an overall introduction to Qubes and how it differs from most other desktop Linux distributions, namely in the way it focuses on compartmentalizing applications within different VMs to limit what attackers have access to in the event they compromise a VM. more>>

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Secure Desktops with Qubes: Introduction

Friday, 27 May 2016 - 17:30 PM - (Security)

This is the first in a multipart series on Qubes OS, a security-focused operating system that is fundamentally different from any other Linux desktop I've ever used and one I personally switched to during the past couple months. more>>

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The FBI and the Mozilla Foundation Lock Horns over Known Security Hole

Monday, 16 May 2016 - 09:00 AM - (Security)

The Mozilla Foundation and the FBI recently have clashed over security weaknesses. The FBI is aware of a weakness in the Tor browser that may affect Firefox—it's a weakness the FBI has exploited during an investigation. more>>

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Privacy and the New Math

Monday, 09 May 2016 - 18:00 PM - (Security)

Among the countless essays and posts I've read on the fight over crypto that's been going on between Apple and the FBI, one by the title above by T.Rob Wyatt in Medium stood out so well that I asked if he'd like to help me adapt it into an article for Linux Jou more>>

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Canonical and BQ's Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Tablet

Monday, 18 April 2016 - 20:00 PM - (Hardware)

Canonical's broad vision for Ubuntu Linux is to offer a single, converged personal computing experience across devices. more>>

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Linux at 25: Q&A With Linus Torvalds

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 15:56 PM - (Software)

The creator of the Linux open-source operating system talks about its past, present, and future.

The creator of the Linux open-source operating system talks about its past, present, and future. 

Linus Torvalds created the original core of the Linux operating system in 1991 as a computer science student at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Linux rapidly grew into a full-featured operating system that can now be found running smartphones, servers, and all kinds of gadgets. In this e-mail interview, Torvalds reflects on the last quarter century and what the next 25 years might bring.

Stephen Cass: You’re a much more experienced programmer now versus 25 years ago. What’s one thing you know now that you wish your younger self knew?

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NetApp Updates its SANtricity OS, Targets Analytics Workloads

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 12:00 PM - (Enterprise)

NetApp on Tuesday said it has released a new version of its SANtricity storage operating system with the aim of speeding up analytics workloads. 

NetApp on Tuesday said it has released a new version of its SANtricity storage operating system with the aim of speeding up analytics workloads. The release of SANtricity, which powers the storage vendor's EF Series all-flash and E-Series storage arrays, is designed to improve performance of Splunk, Hadoop and NoSQL workloads.

Storage vendors are increasingly pitching all-flash arrays with the aim of garnering big data workloads. NetApp's move highlights how storage vendors are trying to ride the analytics wave be speeding up performance. NetApp said it is using proactive monitoring, automation and configurations for high-throughput apps to boost performance. 

Read more at ZDNet News

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Hadoop Project ODP Regroups Under Linux Foundation's Umbrella

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 11:26 AM - (Enterprise)

The Open Data Platform's reorg aims to assuage criticism about untoward vendor control over the initiative to create a consistent baseline Hadoop distribution.

The Open Data Platform's reorg aims to assuage criticism about untoward vendor control over the initiative to create a consistent baseline Hadoop distribution.

After major criticism within the Hadoop community about its nature and aims, Open Data Platform -- an initiative to create a reference-standard Hadoop distribution for others to build from -- announced Monday it will now be hosted at the Linux Foundation as a Collaborative Project. The goal with this new organizational structure is to ameliorate the perception that the ODP Initiative is vendor-owned and -controlled, rather than just participated in by Hadoop vendors among many others.

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OpenDaylight and ONOS: Does SDN Really Need Two Controllers?

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 - 11:15 AM - (Enterprise)

Perhaps the Internet has spoiled us: We’ve grown accustomed to single standards for global communication, or at least with choosing one way to communicate certain classes of data. The Web’s principal protocol is and always has been, some form of HTTP. When we built Web services and Web applications, we started with SOAP, and then we shifted to JSON for exchanging API calls. We’ve had several standards before, but we usually lean towards one at a time. 

ODN-ONOSPerhaps the Internet has spoiled us: We’ve grown accustomed to single standards for global communication, or at least with choosing one way to communicate certain classes of data. The Web’s principal protocol is and always has been, some form of HTTP. When we built Web services and Web applications, we started with SOAP, and then we shifted to JSON for exchanging API calls. We’ve had several standards before, but we usually lean towards one at a time...

But in the field of software-defined networking, the open source community, working in concert with data center technicians and network engineers, have managed to boil down the centers of gravity among software-based controllers to a solid pair: ONOS, a project led by some of the creators of OpenFlow protocol, to enable scalable network functions on telcos’ infrastructure; and OpenDaylight, now used predominantly by data centers that host network functions using OpenStack.

Read more at The New Stack

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