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Nov
13
2014

Mozilla Releases ‘Firefox Developer Edition’ for Windows, Mac and Linux

The Developer Edition is exactly what it says on the tin: a browser built around the needs of web developers.

The Firefox team set out to bring together tools needed to keep developers productive across a multi-device and multi-platform environment, “creating a focal point to streamline your development workflow.” Though the Firefox Developer Edition has a touch of the familiar, the rejigged UI and features make it a formidable development environment while still the fully capable browser Firefox users know and love.

The biggest change you’ll notice is the dark UI of the slick inspector applied to the rest of the browser. Not your style? You can revert to the familiar light theme by heading into the Customize options at the bottom of the “hamburger” menu and clicking “Use Firefox Developer Edition Theme”.

Source:

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/11/mozilla-releases-firefox-developer-edition

Submitted by: Sam Tran

Nov
12
2014

Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet)

The Ubuntu Online Summit is an event that allows the Ubuntu community to contribute to the development of the operating system by taking part in discussions with the developers. It features a lot of topics regarding the system, some more complex than others, but pretty much all of the aspects of the distribution will be covered.

The current summit is scheduled to take place right after the Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) development cycle has started. Users will be able to find out about the features that are going to be integrated in Ubuntu ahead of time, and they will be able to query the developers about any subject. If you have any questions about Ubuntu (not technical support related), if you want to know why something is implemented in a certain way, or you just want some general information, then the Ubuntu Online Summit is the place to ask them.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ubuntu-Online-Summit-for-Ubuntu-15-04-Vivid-Vervet-Starts-In-a-Few-Days-464323.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Oct
21
2014

Systemd Creator Says Linux Community Is Rotten, Points at Linus Torvalds as the Source

The creator of systemd, Lennart Poettering, had some very harsh words to say about the Linux community and about one of its role models, Linus Torvalds.

It might seem that the Linux community in its entirety is all about rainbows and bunnies, but the truth is that it’s made up of regular people and the likes. Most of the other communities are formed in this way and Linux is no exception. The problem is that Linus is pegged as one of the people responsible by Lennart Poettering.

There has been some small friction between the two projects, Linux and systemd, but nothing that would indicate that something was amiss. In fact, when asked what he thought about systemd, just a couple of weeks ago, Linus Torvalds was actually very tactful about it.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Systemd-Creator-Say-Linux-Community-Is-Rotten-Points-at-Linus-Torvalds-as-the-Source-461219.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

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

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