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 2015-10-09 DSA-3371 spice - security update

Frediano Ziglio of Red Hat discovered several vulnerabilities in spice, a SPICE protocol client and server library. A malicious guest can exploit these flaws to cause a denial of service (QEMU process crash), execute arbitrary code on the host with the privileges of the hosting QEMU process or read and write arbitrary memory locations on the host.

 2015-10-06 DSA-3370 freetype - security update

It was discovered that FreeType did not properly handle some malformed inputs. This could allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) via crafted font files.

 2015-10-06 DSA-3369 zendframework - security update

Multiple vulnerabilities were discovered in Zend Framework, a PHP framework:

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 2015-10-13T08:51:28Z vauss
 2015-10-13T08:50:06Z it/ProjectNews/Workflow
sync with English master
 2015-10-13T08:48:42Z it/RunningWindowsPrograms
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 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:00:00 -0700 8 Useful Commands to Monitor Swap Space Usage in Linux

 tecmint: Memory management is an essential aspect of every System Administrator to improve the performance of a Linux system.

 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:00:00 -0700 You'll soon be able to run Windows programs on select Android devices thanks to WINE

 wine-reviews: While most Linux purists prefer to stick to programs natively designed to run on their favorite distros, there are times when a user runs into a wall.

 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:00:00 -0700 TI "Processor SDK" initially targets Sitara with Yocto and U-Boot

 LinuxGizmos: TI has launched a "Processor SDK" based on a mainline LTS Linux kernel, U-Boot, a Yocto file system and Linaro tool chain, initially covering Sitara SoCs.

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 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 21:36:52 GMT Exploring Apple's 3D Touch
Now that the phone is out and in the wild, I've had a chance to experiment a bit with making a basic MIDI controller. In the process, I've learned some interesting things about Apple's 3D Touch APIs that I'm sharing here in hopes that it will be helpful for other folks interested in developing on the platform.
 Sat, 10 Oct 2015 22:59:30 GMT The doomed effort to make videos go vinyl
Few people even remember that such a medium as vinyl movies existed, but for a brief, doomed period in the early 1980s, home video was available on CEDs. While CED players were not released to consumers until 1981, the development of the system dates back to the 1960s. The idea was that they could encode sound and video information to a vinyl disc if they could only get the grooves small enough. Fascinating. I had no idea they ever tried to do this. Better yet, that they succeeded.
 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:43:35 GMT Debian dropping the Linux Standard Base
The Linux Standard Base (LSB) is a specification that purports to define the services and application-level ABIs that a Linux distribution will provide for use by third-party programs. But some in the Debian project are questioning the value of maintaining LSB compliance - it has become, they say, a considerable amount of work for little measurable benefit. It's too much work for little benefit, and nobody wants to do it, so what's the point - just drop it. At least, that seems to be the reasoning. But Debian's not throwing all of the LSB overboard: we're still firmly standing behind the FHS (version 2.3 through Debian Policy; although 3.0 was released in August this year) and our SysV init scripts mostly conform to LSB VIII.22.{2-8}. But don't get me wrong, this src:lsb upload is an explicit move away from the LSB. That's too bad - the FHS is an abomination, a useless, needlesly complex relic from a time we were still using punch cards, and it has no place in any modern computing platform. All operating systems have absolutely horrible and disastrous directory layouts, but the FHS is one of the absolute worst in history.
 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:37:31 GMT NetBSD 7.0 released
NetBSD 7.0 has been released. It's got kernel scripting with Lua now, and introduces support for a whole bunch of new ARM boards, as well as support for multiprocessor support for ARM. There's a whole lot more, so go check it out.
 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:33:09 GMT Elon Musk takes shots at Apple
Elon Musk, in an interview over at Handelsblatt: Apple just hired some of Tesla's most important engineers. Do you have to worry about a new competitor? Important engineers? They have hired people we've fired. We always jokingly call Apple the "Tesla Graveyard." If you don't make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I'm not kidding. Do you take Apple's ambitions seriously? Did you ever take a look at the Apple Watch? (laughs) No, seriously: It's good that Apple is moving and investing in this direction. But cars are very complex compared to phones or smartwatches. You can't just go to a supplier like Foxconn and say: Build me a car. But for Apple, the car is the next logical thing to finally offer a significant innovation. A new pencil or a bigger iPad alone were not relevant enough. He's not wrong. Should be interesting: Tesla and Apple are companies with some of the most.... Enthusiastic fans, and I'm sure there's quite some overlap.
 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 21:53:17 GMT Why does Microsoft exist? An interview with Satya Nadella
Yesterday's Windows 10 hardware launch event was without question the best Microsoft in ages - and arguably the tech launch event of the year. Microsoft unveiled its first-ever laptop, showed off an updated Surface Pro 4, and announced a new lineup of phones, all while articulating a confident, aggressive strategy of turning Windows 10 into the underlying software service and platform for virtually everything in your life. That huge bet might not pay off - Apple and Google are still formidable competitors, and the road back to mobile relevance will be a long one - but it's more vision and purpose than we've seen from Redmond in years. So I sat down with new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at the soon-to-open Microsoft flagship store in Manhattan to ask him how he'd changed the entire vibe at Microsoft in the past 18 months, and what he hopes to accomplish in the next 18 months. We also talked about how he plans to keep his Windows OEM partners happy even as Microsoft's Surface Book laptop competes directly with their high-end products, and just how he plans to get back in the phone game. I like Nadella, and I like what Microsoft is doing right now. Even though I can't really put my finger on it, I have a fondness for the Surface line-up, and if it wasn't for Metro being useless, I would not have opted for a MacBook Pro. I've also always liked Windows Phone, and even though I don't believe it's going anywhere, and despite the many, many stumbles Microsoft has made along the way, I still think it's definitely the most unique of the three major mobile platforms. By letting go of 'Windows everywhere' and instead focussing on making great products for everyone - no matter your platform of choice - I think Microsoft has a real shot at getting back in the consumer game.
 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:24:17 GMT Google launches Accelerated Mobile Pages
Facebook's got Instant Articles and Apple's got Apple News, and now Google has something called Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, together with a whole bunch of partners. AMP HTML is a new way to make web pages that are optimized to load instantly on users' mobile devices. It is designed to support smart caching, predictable performance, and modern, beautiful mobile content. Since AMP HTML is built on existing web technologies, and not a template based system, publishers continue to host their own content, innovate on their user experiences, and flexibly integrate their advertising and business models - all within a technical architecture optimized for speed and performance. The big difference between AMP and other initiatives: AMP is open source and available on Github, and anybody can use the code as they see fit.
 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:19:32 GMT League of Legends' chat service architecture
League of Legends players collectively send millions of messages every day. They're asking friends to duo-queue, suggesting a team comp on the champ select screen, and thanking opponents for a good game. On July 21st of this year (I picked a day at random), players forged 1.7 million new friendships in the game - that's a lot of love! And each time players send a message they trigger a number of operations on the back-end technology that powers Riot chat. In the previous episode of this series on chat, I discussed the protocol we chose to communicate between client and server: XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol). Today I'll dive into the mechanisms in place on the server-side and the architecture of the infrastructure, and I’ll discuss the work we’ve done to ensure that our servers are scalable and robust. Like the last article, I hope it’ll be interesting to anyone building out chat features to a distributed client base.
 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:53:14 GMT Microsoft unveils new Lumias, Surface laptop
Microsoft announced a whole bunch of new products today - all from the devices team. We've got two new high-end Lumia phones, the 950 and 950XL. These phones have all the latest specifications, and peculiarly enough, they are water-cooled (I'm not joking). They obviously run Windows Phone 10, and support the Continuum feature, so you can hook them up to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and you'll be greeted by something that looks a lot like a regular windows 10 desktop. Universal application swill automatically scale between the two different screen sizes. Pretty nifty. Microsoft also unveiled two new Surface devices: the Surface Pro 4 - a thinner, faster, and all-around better version of the Surface Pro 3 - but also the long-awaited Surface laptop, dubbed the Surface Book. The Surface Book is crazy powerful, has a beautiful display and full, regular keyboard, a crazy hinge that really sets it apart, and just like any other Surface, the screen can some off - but this time, using something Microsoft calls "Muscle Wire", electrified attachment points that keep the two parts firmly together - you can grab it by the screen and dangle it without any fear of the two parts disconnecting. The keyboard half contains a discrete graphics chip and some batteries, while the rest of the computery parts are housed within the display. Microsoft makes some crazy claims about performance, but we'll have to see some proper benchmarks first. In any case, it looks like the kind of laptop Microsoft wanted its partner to build - but we all know something like this is simply beyond the capabilities of the likes of Dell or HP. That being said, the Surface Book ain't cheap, and starts at $1500.
 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:34:55 GMT Google posts Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images
Last night, Google posted the Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images online, for the Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9 (Wi-Fi), and Player. since these are factory images, you'll have to perform a wipe and install. If you don't want to go through the hassle of doing so, you'll have to wait for the OTA updates rolling out in the coming weeks. If you want to take the plunge, AndroidCentral has a great guide on how to do so.
 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:30:32 GMT EU's highest court rejects 'safe harbor' agreement with US
The European Court of Justice has just ruled that the transatlantic Safe Harbour agreement, which lets American companies use a single standard for consumer privacy and data storage in both the US and Europe, is invalid. The ruling came after Edward Snowden's NSA leaks showed that European data stored by US companies was not safe from surveillance that would be illegal in Europe. This could have far-reaching consequences for Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and other US tech giants operating in Europe.
 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:24:46 GMT Android 6.0 Marshmallow, thoroughly reviewed
If we were to ask for any new feature from a new Android version, it would be some kind of scalable update solution. Right now a custom update still needs to be built for every single individual device model, and that's really not a workable solution when you have more than 24,000 models out there. The Stagefright vulnerability seemed to be a wakeup call for the Android ecosystem, but it came too late to affect anything in Marshmallow. Google instituted monthly updates for Nexus devices, and OEMs are pledging to bring the monthly update program to flagship devices. The majority of Android devices, though - the low-end devices - are being ignored. Monthly updates for Google, Samsung, and LG flagships only works out to a very small percentage of the Android install base. Android 6.0 could dispense gold nuggets and clean my bathroom for free, but as long as this update hell exists, it's all for naught.
 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:18:57 GMT HP announces OpenSwitch
HP today announced the launch of the OpenSwitch community and a new open source network operating system (NOS). HP and key supporters, Accton Technology Corporation, Arista, Broadcom, Intel, and VMware, are delivering a community-based platform that provides developers and users the ability to accelerate innovation, avoid vendor lock-in, and realize investment protection as they rapidly build data center networks customized for unique business applications. Here's the official OpenSwitch site - and I'll admit, this goes way over my head.
 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:35:58 GMT Microsoft's new Windows Phones
The Lumia 950 and its bigger sibling are intended not as a revolution, but as a solid foundation to a brighter and better future for Microsoft's mobile efforts. They should be judged on that basis, not on whether they're able to make a dent in the Apple and Google duopoly. To achieve that lofty goal, Microsoft will need multiple generations of devices as well as the collaboration of other service providers willing to bring their apps to its platform. Tomorrow's event will be indicative of how progress is going along that path, while also giving us a pair of interesting new devices to talk about. I have little to no hope for Windows Phone. It's done. One interesting note for tomorrow's Microsoft event: there's rumblings and rumours about Google unveiling official Google applications for Windows 10 tomorrow. It's nothing solid, and take it with some salt, but it wouldn't be that surprising - just as Microsoft needed Apple almost 20 years ago, Google may need Microsoft today.
 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:14:25 GMT Apple vs. Android usage stats on Pornhub
September means the beginning of sweater weather, the return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and the launch of a new iPhone. Now that the highly anticipated iPhone 6s line has finally hit stores and is smashing sales records, the Pornhub statisticians have decided to dig through the data and found out what it is that separates iPhone-wielding Pornhub users from our Android-loyal visitors, in terms of how they interact with the site and what kinds of content they prefer. Currently, just over 60% of our traffic comes from mobile devices, so without any further ado, let's take a look at what makes each of these major subsets of Pornhub's viewership tick. I didn't put the link in the copied blurb itself. The following link is to the company blog, and not the Pornhub site itself, so it's completely safe for work, and contains no nudity or otherwise inappropriate content, so you can read it for the interesting mobile stats without any worries. It's still a link to the Pornhub domain, so you might want to skip this one if you're on a work computer or someone else's machine. Here's the link. And yes I find it totally hilarious the OSNews database now contains a link to the Pornhub domain. News   [more] [xml]
 2015-10-12T21:04:40+00:00 Distribution Release: Emmabuntüs 3-1.02
The developers of Emmabuntüs, a Xubuntu-based distribution for low-end and refurbished computers, has announced an update to their 3.x series. The new release, Emmabuntüs 3-1.02, is based on Xubuntu 14.04.3 LTS, includes Pipelight Flash for Firefox and includes the ability to put the computer into hibernation mode. "This....
 2015-10-12T12:44:04+00:00 Distribution Release: BackBox Linux 4.4
The BackBox development team has announced the launch of BackBox Linux 4.4. BackBox is a penetration and security assessment distribution based on Ubuntu and this latest release contains some fresh security tools and package upgrades. "The BackBox Team is pleased to announce the updated release of BackBox Linux,....
 2015-10-12T00:05:21+00:00 DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 631
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Parsix GNU/Linux 8.0 News: Manjaro Linux seeks new artwork, Debian drops LSB support, Ubuntu considers ZFS support and two Linux kernel developers resign Questions and answers: Sending commands to multiple servers Torrent corner: OpenIndiana, Quirky Released last week: Proxmox 4.0, Quirky 7.2,....

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