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 2014-04-18 DSA-2910 qemu-kvm - security update

Michael S. Tsirkin of Red Hat discovered a buffer overflow flaw in the way qemu processed MAC addresses table update requests from the guest.

 2014-04-18 DSA-2909 qemu - security update

Michael S. Tsirkin of Red Hat discovered a buffer overflow flaw in the way qemu processed MAC addresses table update requests from the guest.

 2014-04-17 DSA-2908 openssl - security update

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in OpenSSL. The following Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ids identify them:

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 2014-04-21T08:26:23Z SponsorChecklist
Removing 404 links: Matthew Palmer, Daniel Baumann and Lucas Wall
 2014-04-21T02:46:58Z Upstart
InterWiki, limit automatic linking, formatting.
 2014-04-20T23:51:46Z RaspberryPi   [more] [xml]
 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:00:00 -0700 Ubuntu Linux Has What It Takes to Challenge Windows on the Desktop -

eWEEK: A new Long Term Support release of Ubuntu Linux, code-named "Trusty Tahr," arrives just as Microsoft ends support on Windows XP. A Canonical VP believes it's a great alternative to replace XP.

 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:00:00 -0700 Debian 6 'Squeeze' LTS Period Extended Until February 2016

 Softpedia: Debian 6 'Squeeze' LTS Period Extended Until February 2016

 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0700 ownCloud Promotes Scalability, Efficiency of Open Source Private Cloud

 The VAR Guy: ownCloud has highlighted the scalability and cost-efficiency of its open source cloud storage and syncing platform in conjunction with Red Hat Storage.

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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:02:19 GMT Greed and the Wright Brothers
The Wright brothers' critical insight was the importance of "lateral stability" - that is, wingtip-to-wingtip stability - to flight. And their great innovation was something they called "wing warping," in which they used a series of pulleys that caused the wingtips on one side of the airplane to go up when the wingtips on the other side were pulled down. That allowed the Wrights' airplane to make banked turns and to correct itself when it flew into a gust of wind. But when the Wrights applied for a patent, they didn't seek one that just covered wing warping; their patent covered any means to achieve lateral stability. There is no question what the Wrights sought: nothing less than a monopoly on the airplane business - every airplane ever manufactured, they believed, owed them a royalty. As Wilbur Wright, who was both the more domineering and the more inventive of the two brothers, put it in a letter: "It is our view that morally the world owes its almost universal system of lateral control entirely to us. It is also our opinion that legally it owes it to us." Even though Wrights' competitor Curtiss developed an entirely different system to achieve lateral stability (the ailerons airplanes use to this day), the Wright brothers still believed Curtiss owed them money for it. The legal standoff that ensued in the US airplane industry at the time halted all innovation, so much so that when the WWI broke out, the US government had to step in to force airplane manufacturers to cross-license their patents. Sadly, by this time, US airplanes weren't good enough for combat. It seems nobody learns from history.
 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:44:11 GMT Judge confirms link between Apple and patent troll Rockstar
Rockstar, the massive patent troll in which Apple is a majority shareholder, sued Google for patent infringement. Of course, Rockstar filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas, the usual venue for patent trolls. Because of Apple's involvement, Google motioned to have the suit take place in California instead, where it stands a much greater chance of winning. Judge Claudia Wilken sides with Google. She states in the ruling: Google and Apple's rivalry in the smartphone industry is well-documented. Apple's founder stated that he viewed Android as a "rip off" of iPhone features and intended to "destroy" Android by launching a "thermonuclear war." Defendants' litigation strategy of suing Google customers is consistent with Apple's particular business interest... This 'scare the customer and run' tactic advances Apple's interest in interfering with Google's Android business. Every now and then, someone just gets it. Judge Wilken looked beyond the constructed sham companies and legal cobwebs - such as Rockstar setting up a sham company in Delaware with zero California contacts and transferring all patents-in-suit to that company a day before it sued Google. The world needs more judges like this. In addition - it seems like Jobs' remarks about Android are catching up to the company. Delightful.
 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:48:07 GMT FreeBSD quarterly status report
The first quarter of 2014 was, again, a hectic and productive time for FreeBSD. The Ports team released their landmark first quarterly stable branch. FreeBSD continues to grow on the ARM architecture, now running on an ARM-based ChromeBook. SMP is now possible on multi-core ARM systems. bhyve, the native FreeBSD hypervisor, continues to improve. An integral test suite is taking shape, and the Jenkins Continuous Integration system has been implemented. FreeBSD patches to GCC are being forward-ported, and LLDB, the Clang/LLVM debugger is being ported. Desktop use has also seen improvements, with work on Gnome, KDE, Xfce, KMS video drivers,, and vt, the new console driver which supports KMS and Unicode. Linux and Wine binary compatibility layers have been improved. UEFI booting support has been merged to head. I always love how to-the-point the various BSDs are. Please, never change. News   [more] [xml]
 2014-04-21T09:04:51+00:00 DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 555
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: First look at Robolinux 7.4.2 News: Ubuntu release and stats, Debian drops CAcert certificates and extends Squeeze support, Tails receives praise in the press, OpenBSD audits OpenSSL library, PC-BSD and Porteus updates Questions and Answers: Multimedia support and patents Released last week:....
 2014-04-21T05:53:23+00:00 Development Release: GoboLinux 015 Beta 3
Lucas C. Villa Real has announced that the third beta of GoboLinux 015, a distribution with a highly customised file system hierarchy, has been released. The biggest news is that Enlightenment has replaced KDE as the preferred desktop user interface. From the release announcement: "I am pleased to....
 2014-04-21T03:20:27+00:00 Distribution Release: Ultimate Edition 4.0
Ultimate Edition 4.0, another new release of the Ubuntu-based distribution (this time in MATE and GNOME variants), comes just two weeks after version 3.9: "Once again I am not going to make a big deal out of this release. It is very nice and works very well; however,....
 2014-04-20T23:46:08+00:00 Development Release: Qubes OS 2 RC1
Joanna Rutkowska has announced the availability of the first release candidate for Qubes OS 2, a Fedora-based distribution with strong desktop security via integrated Xen virtualisation: "Today we're releasing Qubes OS R2 RC1 (release candidate), which is expected to be the last milestone before the final Qubes OS....
 2014-04-20T05:36:48+00:00 Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 5.3
Version 5.3 of Tiny Core Linux, the latest stable build of the fast and minimalist (less than 15 MB) desktop Linux distribution built from scratch, has been released and is now available for download: "Team Tiny Core is pleased to announce the release of Tiny Core Linux 5.3:....
 2014-04-19T23:59:41+00:00 BSD Release: NetBSD 6.1.4
Soren Jacobsen has announced the release of NetBSD 6.1.4, the latest stable version of NetBSD incorporating all the recent security and bug fixes, including a fix to OpenSSL's "heartbleed" vulnerability. Simultaneously, the 6.0 branch was updated to version 6.0.5. From the release announcement: "The NetBSD Project is pleased....
 2014-04-19T11:09:43+00:00 Distribution Release: Simplicity Linux 14.4
David Purse has announced the release of Simplicity Linux 14.4, the new stable release of the project's Puppy-based distributions for desktops and netbooks: "Simplicity Linux 14.4 is now available for download. It is based on the excellent Slacko Puppy 5.6.5, and uses LXDE as a desktop environment. There....
 2014-04-19T03:49:53+00:00 Development Release: OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 RC1
Kate Lebedeff has announced the availability of the first release candidate of OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0: "Phosphorous burns very hot and very fast and is the perfect name for our latest RC1 release of OpenMandriva Lx. This release candidate has been optimised for boot speed and you will find....
 2014-04-19T00:24:46+00:00 Distribution Release: Mythbuntu 14.04
Thomas Mashos has announced the availability of Mythbuntu 14.04, the new stable version of an Ubuntu-derived distribution that makes it simple to set up a standalone MythTV system: "After some last-minute critical fixes and ISO respins by the release team, the Mythbuntu team is proud to announce that....
 2014-04-18T21:04:30+00:00 Distribution Release: Ubuntu Studio 14.04
Kaj Ailomaa has announced the release of Ubuntu Studio 14.04, a customised variant of Ubuntu with a range of multimedia and content creation programs for audio, graphics, video, photography and publishing: "We're happy to announce our latest LTS release. Ubuntu Studio 14.04 will be supported for three years.....

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