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Oct
20
2014

Amazon Web Services Aims for More Open Source Involvement

In 2006, Amazon was an E-commerce site building out its own IT infrastructure in order to sell more books. Now, AWS and EC2 are well-known acronyms to system administrators and developers across the globe looking to the public cloud to build and deploy web-scale applications. But how exactly did a book seller become a large cloud vendor?

Amazon’s web services business was devised in order to cut data center costs – a feat accomplished largely through the use of Linux and open source software, said Chris Schlaeger, director of kernel and operating systems at Amazon Web Services in his keynote talk at LinuxCon and CloudOpen Europe today in Dusseldorf.

Founder Jeff Bezos “quickly realized that in order to be successful in the online business, he needed a sophisticated IT infrastructure,” Schlaeger said. But that required expensive proprietary infrastructure with enough capacity to handle peak holiday demand. Meanwhile, most of the time the machines were idle. By building their infrastructure with open source software and charging other sellers to use their unused infrastructure, Amazon could cover the up front cost of data center development.

Source:

http://www.linux.com/news/featured-blogs/200-libby-clark/791472-amazon-web-services-aims-for-more-open-source-involvement

Submitted by: Libby Clark

Oct
19
2014

VirtualBox 4.3.18 Has Been Released With Lots Of Fixes

Virtualbox 4.3.18 has been released and bringing many different fixes for major operating systems such as Ubuntu Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The potential misbehavior after restoring the A20 state from a saved state has been fixed, virtualbox does not crash anymore in linux hosts with old versions of the linux kernel, a few remaining warnings in the kernel log if memory allocation fails have been fixed and the GNOME Shell on Fedora 21 is not prevented anymore from starting when  handling video driver display properties.

Thanks to this maintenance release Ubuntu users have now the possibility to use legacy full-screen mode under Unity without experiencing multi-screen issues. Another important issue related to Unity that has been fixed with the release of 4.3.18 version is the quirk  in full-screen mode Unity panels caused by mini-toolbar code changes in last release.

Source:

http://www.unixmen.com/virtualbox-4-3-18-released-lots-fixes/

Submitted by: Oltjano Terpollari

Oct
18
2014

KDE Plasma 5 Now Available for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)

The new KDE Plasma and KDE Frameworks packages are now out of Beta and users can test them in various systems, including Ubuntu. In fact, installing the latest KDE is quite easy now because there is a PPA available.

A lot of users are anxious to use the latest Plasma desktop because it’s quite different from the old one. We can call it “the old one” even if the latest branch, 4.14.x, is still maintained until November.

The KDE developers split the project into three major components: Plasma, Frameworks, and Applications. Plasma is actually the desktop and everything that goes with it, Frameworks is made up of all the libraries and other components, and Applications gathers all the regular apps that are usually KDE-specific.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/KDE-Plasma-5-Now-Available-for-Ubuntu-14-10-Utopic-Unicorn–462042.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Oct
17
2014

Canonical Details Plans for Unity 8 Integration in Ubuntu Desktop

Ubuntu users now know for certain when Unity 8 officially arrives on the desktop flavor of the distribution.

The Ubuntu desktop flavor hasn’t been the developers’ focus for some time now, but that is going to change very soon. The new Desktop Team Manager at Canonical, Will Cooke, has talked about the future of the Unity desktop and laid out the plans for the next few Ubuntu versions.

Users might have noticed that Ubuntu developers have been putting much of their efforts into the mobile version of their operating system and the desktop has received less attention than usual. They had to focus on that version because most of the things that are changed and improved for Ubuntu Touch will eventually land on the desktop as well.

Not all users know that the desktop environment that is now on Ubuntu Touch will also power the desktop version in the future, and that future is not very far ahead. In fact, it’s a lot closer than users imagine.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Canonical-Details-Plans-for-Unity-8-Integration-in-Ubuntu-Desktop-462117.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Sep
21
2014

Stephen Hawking Talks About the Linux-Based Intel Connected Wheelchair Project

Intel has revealed a new, interesting concept called the Connected Wheelchair, which takes data from users and allows people to share that info with the community and is powered by Linux.

When people say Intel, they usually think about processors, but the company also makes a host of other products, including very cool or useful concepts that might have some very important applications in everyday life.

The latest initiative is called the Connected Wheelchair and the guys from Intel even convinced the famous Stephen Hawking to help them spread the word about this amazing project. It’s still in the testing phases and it’s one of those products that might show a lot of promise but never go anywhere because there is no one to produce and sell it.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Stephen-Hawking-Talks-About-the-Linux-Based-Intel-Connected-Wheelchair-Project-458539.shtml

Submitted by: Silivu Stahie

Sep
20
2014

Mozilla Thunderbird 31.1.1 Lands in Ubuntu

Canonical has shared some details about a number of Thunderbird vulnerabilities identified in its Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems, and the devs have pushed a new version into the repositories.

The Thunderbird email client was updated a couple of days ago and the new version has landed pretty quickly in the Ubuntu repos. This means that it should be available when users update their systems.

For example, “Abhishek Arya discovered a use-after-free during DOM interactions with SVG. If a user were tricked in to opening a specially crafted message with scripting enabled, an attacker could potentially exploit this to cause a denial of service via application crash or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking Thunderbird,” reads the announcement.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Mozilla-Thunderbird-13-1-1-Lands-in-the-Ubuntu-458664.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

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

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