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Sep
19
2014

Curl Exploits Closed in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Canonical has announced that a couple of curl vulnerabilities have been found and fixed in its Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems.

The developers have released a new update for the curl package and it looks like a number of security issues have been corrected.

“Tim Ruehsen discovered that curl incorrectly handled partial literal IP addresses. This could lead to the disclosure of cookies to the wrong site, and malicious sites being able to set cookies for others,” reads the security notice.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Curl-Exploits-Close-in-All-Supported-Ubuntu-OSes-458899.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Sep
18
2014

Everything You Need to Know About Meizu MX4, the Upcoming Ubuntu Phone – Gallery

The new Ubuntu Touch operating system from Canonical will power the new Meizu MX4 phone and it will be out in December, according to the latest information posted by the Chinese company. We now take a closer look at this new phone to see how it will hold up with an Ubuntu experience.

Canonical hasn’t provided any kind of information about a timetable for the launch of the new Ubuntu phone from Meizu, and even the information that we have right now has been posted initially on an Italian blog of the Chinese company. Basically, no one is saying anything officially, but that’s not really the point.

The new Meizu MX4 was announced just a couple of weeks ago and many Ubuntu users have asked themselves if this is the phone that will eventually feature the upcoming Ubuntu Touch. It looks like that is the case, so we now take a closer look at this powerful handset.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-Meizu-MX4-the-Upcoming-Ubuntu-Phone-458882.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Sep
17
2014

Torvalds says he has no strong opinions on systemd

Linux creator Linus Torvalds is well-known for his strong opinions on many technical things. But when it comes to systemd, the init system that has caused a fair degree of angst in the Linux world, Torvalds is neutral.

“When it comes to systemd, you may expect me to have lots of colourful opinions, and I just don’t,” Torvalds told iTWire in an interview. “I don’t personally mind systemd, and in fact my main desktop and laptop both run it.

Source:

http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/open-source/65402-torvalds-says-he-has-no-strong-opinions-on-systemd

Submitted by: Sam Varghese

Aug
16
2014

Ubuntu Shopping Lens (Scopes) Declared Legal in the UK and Most Likely in the European Union

The UK authorities have declared that the Ubuntu Shopping Lens are legal and that no laws have been broken, either in Great Britain or in the European Union.

Some of you might remember that Canonical took a lot of flak from the community when the developers decided to integrate the Shopping Lens into the Ubuntu operating system. Two years have passed since then and a lot of things have changed in the meantime.

For one, the Lens are now called Scopes, but that’s beside the point. When the Ubuntu Shopping Lens were first introduced, users didn’t have any control over them, at least not in a clear and easy way. There was no warning that data was sent over the network and there was no button to turn it off.

Currently, very few people even mention the Shopping Lens, and that is a clear sign that users have gotten used to them and that they have learned to use them or shut the functionality off entirely.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ubuntu-Shopping-Lens-Scopes-Declared-Legal-in-UK-and-Most-Likely-in-European-Union-453843.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Aug
15
2014

elementary OS Freya Beta Is Out, Still the Most Beautiful OS in the World

elementary OS Freya Beta has been announced by its developers and it comes with an Ubuntu 14.04 base and lots of new features. As you can imagine, there are quite a few changes and improvements over elementary OS Luna, including the Linux kernel from Ubuntu 14.04, the 3.13 stack. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

elementary OS developers are supporting Facebook, Fastmail, Google+, Microsoft, and Yahoo account integration by default. This is done with the help of Pantheon Online Accounts, a new tool that combines features from Ubuntu Online Accounts and GNOME Online Accounts and brings its own improvements.

This is still a Beta release, which means that users will probably notice bugs with the operating system. The release date remains unknown, but that is not something new. The developers never provide a release date and they usually take their time until they are satisfied with the result.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/elementary-OS-Freya-Beta-Officially-Released-Still-the-Most-Beautiful-OS-in-the-World-454355.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Aug
15
2014

Screenshot Tool Shutter 0.92 Ditches Ubuntu One Support

Shutter, a feature-rich screenshot program that allows users to capture nearly anything on their screen without losing control, is now at version 0.92.

The latest update for Shutter was released in June, but it was almost identical in complexity with the current build. Nothing really important has been implemented, with the exception of a few maintenance changes.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Screenshot-Tool-Shutter-0-92-Ditches-Ubuntu-One-Support-454346.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Aug
14
2014

Russian Ministry of Health to Replace Microsoft and Oracle Products with Linux and PostgreSQL

The Russian government is considering the replacement of Microsoft and Oracle products with Linux and open source counterparts, at least for the Ministry of Health.

Russia has been slapped with a large number of sanctions by the European Union and the United States, which means that they are going to respond. One of the ways they can do that is by stopping the authorities from buying Microsoft licenses or prolonging existing ones.

According to a report published on gov.cnews.ru, the official website of the Russian government, the Ministry of Health intends to abandon all the proprietary software provided by Oracle and Microsoft and replace it with open source software.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Russian-Ministry-of-Health-to-Replace-Microsoft-and-Oracle-Product-with-Linux-and-PostgreSQL-453909.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Aug
13
2014

GUN Linux: On the range with TrackingPoint’s new AR-15s

Since first running into TrackingPoint at CES 2013, we’ve kept tabs on the Austin-based company and its Linux-powered rifles, which it collectively calls “Precision Guided Firearms,” or PGFs. We got to spend a few hours on the range with TrackingPoint’s first round of near-production bolt-action weapons last March, when my photojournalist buddy Steven Michael nailed a target at 1,008 yards—about 0.91 kilometers—on his first try, in spite of never having fired a rifle before.

A lot of things have changed in the past year for TrackingPoint. The company relocated its headquarters from within Austin to the suburb community of Pflugerville, constructed an enormous manufacturing and testing lab to scale up PGF production, shed some 30 employees (including CEO Jason Schauble and VP Brett Boyd, the latter of whom oversaw our range visit in 2013), and underwent a $29 million Series D round of financing. It also sold as many PGFs as it could make, according to Oren Schauble, TrackingPoint’s director of marketing and brother of former CEO Jason Schauble.

Source:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/08/gun-linux-on-the-range-with-trackingpoints-new-ar-15s/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+arstechnica%2Findex+%28Ars+Technica+-+All+content%29GUN%20Linux:%20On%20the%20range%20with%20TrackingPoint%E2%80%99s%20new%20AR-15s

Submitted by:Lee Hutchinson

Aug
12
2014

Peppermint OS 5: Light, Refreshing Linux

The Peppermint OS is built around a concept that may be unique among desktop environments. It is a hybrid of traditional Linux desktop applications and cloud-based apps.

Using the Ice technology in the Peppermint OS is much like launching an app on an Android phone or tablet. For example, I can launch Google Docs, Gmail, Twitter, Yahoo Mail, YouTube, Pandora or Facebook as if they were self-contained apps on a mobile device — but these pseudo apps never need updating. Ice easily creates a menu entry to launch any website or application as if it were installed.

This innovative approach puts the latest release of Peppermint OS 5, which appeared in late June, well ahead of the computing curve. It brings cloud apps to the Linux desktop with the ease and flexibility of a Chromebook. It marries that concept to the traditional idea of having installed software that runs without cloud interaction.

Source:

http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Peppermint-OS-5-Light-Refreshing-Linux-80859.html

Submitted by: Jack M. Germain

Jul
11
2014

PHP Fixes OpenSSL Flaws in New Releases

The PHP Group has released new versions of the popular scripting language that fix a number of bugs, including two in OpenSSL. The flaws fixed in OpenSSL don’t rise to the level of the major bugs such as Heartbleed that have popped up in the last few months. But PHP 5.5.14 and 5.4.30 both contain fixes for the two vulnerabilities, one of which is related to the way that OpenSSL handles timestamps on some certificates, and the other of which also involves timestamps, but in a different way.

Source:

http://threatpost.com/php-fixes-openssl-flaws-in-new-releases/106908

Submitted by: Dennis Fisher

 

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