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 2014-12-21 DSA-3109 firebird2.5 - security update

Dmitry Kovalenko discovered that the Firebird database server is prone to a denial of service vulnerability. An unauthenticated remote attacker could send a malformed network packet to a firebird server, which would cause the server to crash.

 2014-12-20 DSA-3106 jasper - security update

Jose Duart of the Google Security Team discovered a double free flaw (CVE-2014-8137) and a heap-based buffer overflow flaw (CVE-2014-8138) in JasPer, a library for manipulating JPEG-2000 files. A specially crafted file could cause an application using JasPer to crash or, possibly, execute arbitrary code.

 2014-12-16 DSA-3105 heirloom-mailx - security update

Two security vulnerabilities were discovered in Heirloom mailx, an implementation of the mail command:

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 2014-12-22T14:37:31Z DebianScience/Sage
 2014-12-22T13:19:57Z Galym Kerimbekov
 2014-12-22T11:47:27Z fr/udev   [more] [xml]
 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0800 Red Hat Looks to OpenShift Containers for the Future

ServerWatch: For the quarter, revenue was reported at $456 million for a 15 percent year-over-year gain.

 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:00:00 -0800 Review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC+Kodi and Android

 LinuxGizmos: This hands-on review takes a first look at SolidRun's tiny CuBoxTV set-top box, running both its default OpenELEC/XBMC OS, as well as an Android 4.4.4 beta.

 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:00:00 -0800 The 7 Best Alternative Linux Distributions Of 2014

 EveryDayLinuxUser: Here is a list of the 7 best alternative Linux distributions of 2014.

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 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:25:45 GMT Inside the Intel 1405: die photos of a shift register memory
In 1970, MOS memory chips were just becoming popular, but were still very expensive. Intel had released their first product the previous year, the 3101 RAM chip with 64 bits of storage.[1] For this chip (with enough storage to hold the word "aardvark") you'd pay $99.50. To avoid these astronomical prices, some computers used the cheaper alternative of shift register memory. Intel's 1405 shift register provided 512 bits of storage - 8 times as much as their RAM chip - at a significantly lower price. In a shift register memory, the bits go around and around in a circle, with one bit available at each step. The big disadvantage is that you need to wait for the bit you want to come around, which can take half a millisecond. Great article.
 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:32:41 GMT BlackBerry's surviving, but not as a smartphone company
It's been almost a year since John Chen was appointed to save Blackberry and it's clear that his grand plan has, at least, stopped the company losing money hand over fist. In the Canadian outfit's latest three month report, it reveals that losses have been trimmed from $4.4 billion last year to a much more manageable $148 million. Of course, it's clear that as the business reinvents itself as a software-and-services company, manufacturing smartphones has increasingly become a side project. Pretty amazing turnaround financially, but I doubt it'll be enough for the future of Blackberry OS - even if the company itself survives. I still want the red Passport, though.
 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:24:58 GMT Apple Watch, WatchKit, and accessibility
Ever since rumors started swirling that Apple was working on a wearable device, I've often thought about what such a device would mean for people with disabilities. My curiosity is so high, in fact, that I've even written about the possibilities. Make no mistake, for users with disabilities such as myself, a wearable like the Apple Watch brings with it usage and design paradigms that, I think, are of even greater impact than what the iPhone in one's pocket has to offer. Suffice it to say, I'm very excited for Apple Watch's debut sometime next year. Accessibility is definitely a strong point for Apple - at least compared to the competition - and I don't think the Apple Watch will be any different. News   [more] [xml]
 2014-12-22T09:03:38+00:00 DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 590
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Trying on Fedora 21 News: Questions raised at Ubuntu Community meeting, Ubuntu phone coming in February, Manjaro shows off new system installer, Mageia gives back to upstream developers Tips and tricks: Expanding on-line ZFS storage Product review: Able2Extract PDF converter 9.0 Released....
 2014-12-19T10:00:24+00:00 Development Release: Elive 2.5.0 (Beta)
Samuel Baggen has announced the release of Elive 2.5.0, the latest build in the long line of development releases that characterise this Debian-based distribution with Enlightenment 17: "The Elive team is proud to announce the release of beta version 2.5.0. This new version includes: Linux kernel optimizations -....
 2014-12-18T22:41:35+00:00 Development Release: Kubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1
Jonathan Riddell has announced the availability of the initial development release of "Vivid Vervet", a family of Ubuntu distribution that will eventually bear the version number 15.04. This first alpha build is available for Kubuntu (now with Plasma 5 as the default KDE), Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME and Ubuntu....
 2014-12-18T03:13:44+00:00 Distribution Release: Robolinux 7.7.1 "LXDE"
John Martinson has announced the availability of a brand-new edition of Robolinux with the lightweight LXDE as the default desktop. Extremely fast and containing a pre-configured VirtualBox for running other operating systems from within Robolinux, it is, according to the developers, the project's best release to-date. From the....
 2014-12-17T09:39:00+00:00 Distribution Release: Wifislax 4.10
Version 4.10 of Wifislax, a Slackware-based distribution with a collection of utilities for performing wireless connection analyses and related security tests, has been released. This the first time the ISO image file exceeds 700 MB which means that it will no longer fit on a CD. The release....
 2014-12-17T00:12:20+00:00 Distribution Release: Calculate Linux 14.12
Alexander Tratsevskiy has announced the release of Calculate Linux 14.12, the latest update of the project's Gentoo-based distribution with editions for desktops (KDE or Xfce), servers and media centres: "We are happy to announce the release of Calculate Linux 14.12. Main changes: updates are checked even faster in....
 2014-12-15T09:00:01+00:00 DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 589
This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Parsix GNU/Linux 7.0 - a desktop Debian distribution News: Fedora 21 arrives, Canonical introduces "Snappy" images, PC-BSD tests new update process, Gentoo migrates handbooks to Wiki Book review: How Linux Works Released last week: SparkyLinux 3.6, Porteus 3.1, FreeNAS 9.3, Fedora 21....
 2014-12-14T09:48:10+00:00 Development Release: Point Linux 3.0 Beta 3
Peter Ryzhenkov has announced the availability of the third beta build of Point Linux 3.0, a Debian-based distribution with a choice of MATE or GNOME desktops: "Point Linux team proudly announces the availability of the Point Linux 3.0 beta 3. The key feature of this release is the....
 2014-12-13T18:15:02+00:00 Distribution Release: Tanglu 2.0
Matthias Klumpp announced the release of Tanglu 2.0, a desktop Linux distribution with a choice of KDE or GNOME, based on Debian's "Testing" branch: "We are glad to announce the availability of the second release of Tanglu, code name 'Bartholomea'. This release contains a large amount of updated....
 2014-12-13T05:55:43+00:00 Distribution Release: LinuxConsole 2.3
Yann Le Doaré has announced the release of LinuxConsole 2.3, an independent Linux distribution made for game consoles: "LinuxConsole is primarily designed to turn old and semi-old computers into game console centers. The LXDE desktop includes some utilities, scripts to install Firefox 34, Flash player and Google Chrome),....

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