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Linux 4.12 kernel lands: 'Go forth and use it' quoth Linus Torvalds

LXer - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 01:19
'No reason to delay'As anticipated last week, version 4.12 of the Linux kernel landed Sunday amid a storm of … well, placidity, as it happens.…

UK.gov tips £400m into digital investment pot

TheRegister - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 01:02
'Now you can watch Game of Thrones in peace'

The UK government has today launched its £400m Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, aimed at boosting Blighty's full-fibre infrastructure.…

Linux: A Hacker's Preference

LXer - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 00:10
Hackers have tools that they use to carry out various types of operations. But among them all, the most crucial is the Linux Operating System.

NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

TheRegister - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 00:03
Putting Bruce Willis out of work

NASA has okayed one of its save-the-world-from-asteroids proposals to move to the preliminary design phase, on the way to a hoped-for launch early in the 2020s.…

openSUSE Tumbleweed Users Get Latest Mesa 17.1.3 Release for Better Gaming, More

LXer - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 23:13
It's been only a week since our last report on the latest package updates that landed in the stable repositories of the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system, and Douglas DeMaio is back with some fresh info.

Linux 4.12 kernel lands: 'Go forth and use it' quoth Linus Torvalds

TheRegister - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 23:05
'No reason to delay'

As anticipated last week, version 4.12 of the Linux kernel landed Sunday amid a storm of … well, placidity, as it happens.…

Linux Kernel 4.12 Officially Released

Slashdot - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 22:34
prisoninmate quotes Softpedia: After seven weeks of announcing release candidate versions, Linus Torvalds today informs the Linux community through a mailing list announcement about the general availability of the Linux 4.12 kernel series. Development on the Linux 4.12 kernel kicked off in mid-May with the first release candidate, and now, seven weeks later we can finally get our hands on the final release... A lot of great improvements, new hardware support, and new security features were added during all this time, which makes it one of the biggest releases, after Linux 4.9... Prominent features of the Linux 4.12 kernel include initial support for AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards, intial Nvidia GeForce GTX 1000 "Pascal" accelerated support, implementation of Budget Fair Queueing (BFQ) and storage-I/O schedulers, more MD RAID enhancements, support for Raspberry Pi's Broadcom BCM2835 thermal driver, a lot of F2FS optimizations, as well as ioctl for the GETFSMAP space mapping ioctl for both XFS and EXT4 filesystems. Linus said in announcing the release that "I think only 4.9 ends up having had more commits," also noting that 4.9 was a Long Term Support kernel, whereas "4.12 is just plain big." "There's also nothing particularly odd going on in the tree - it's all just normal development, just more of it than usual."

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Antergos: User-Friendly Desktop, Fueled by the Power of Arch

LXer - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 22:16
Over the years, Arch Linux has had the misfortune of being maligned as one of the more challenging modern Linux distributions. That’s a shame, because Arch Linux is one of the most solid distributions you’ll find. Nonetheless, new users finding their way over to the official Arch Linux installation guide may choose to return to the likes of Ubuntu or Linux Mint. Now, however, there are other options, due to the release of some very user-friendly takes on the Arch Linux distribution, including Antergos.

Kaspersky repeats offer: America can see my source code

TheRegister - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 22:05
Fighting to head off Department of Defense blacklisting

Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the eponymous antivirus firm, has reiterated his offer to give the US government access to his source code.…

German e-gov protocol carries ancient vulns

TheRegister - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 21:04
Dies ist eine Chaos

Germany's e-government system is open to padding oracle attacks and other vulnerabilities because of an insecure communications protocol.…

Testing Models

LXer - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 20:22
In my last few articles, I've been dipping into thewaters of "machine learning"[he]mdash[/he]a powerful idea that has been movingsteadily into the mainstream of computing, and that has the potentialto change lives in numerous ways.

China pollutes ocean with bloody big rocket

TheRegister - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 20:05
Long March, short flight

China's latest Long March-5 Y2 the launch has gone awry for reasons not yet made public.…

23 Years Of The Open Source 'FreeDOS' Project

Slashdot - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 19:34
Jim Hall is celebrating the 23rd birthday of the FreeDOS Project, calling it "a major milestone for any free software or open-source software project," and remembering how it all started. An anonymous reader quotes Linux Journal: If you remember Windows 3.1 at the time, it was a pretty rough environment. I didn't like that you could interact with Windows only via a mouse; there was no command line. I preferred working at the command line. So I was understandably distressed in 1994 when I read via various tech magazines that Microsoft planned to eliminate MS-DOS with the next version of Windows. I decided that if the next evolution of Windows was going to be anything like Windows 3.1, I wanted nothing to do with it... I decided to create my own version of DOS. And on June 29, 1994, I posted an announcement to a discussion group... Our "PD-DOS" project (for "Public Domain DOS") quickly grew into FreeDOS. And 23 years later, FreeDOS is still going strong! Today, many people around the world install FreeDOS to play classic DOS games, run legacy business software or develop embedded systems... FreeDOS has become a modern DOS, due to the large number of developers that continue to work on it. You can download the FreeDOS 1.2 distribution and immediately start coding in C, Assembly, Pascal, BASIC or a number of other software development languages. The standard FreeDOS editor is quite nice, or you can select from more than 15 different editors, all included in the distribution. You can browse websites with the Dillo graphical web browser, or do it "old school" via the Lynx text-mode web browser. And for those who just want to play some great DOS games, you can try adventure games like Nethack or Beyond the Titanic, arcade games like Wing and Paku Paku, flight simulators, card games and a bunch of other genres of DOS games. On his "Open Source Software and Usability" blog, Jim says he's been involved with open source software "since before anyone coined the term 'open source'," and first installed Linux on his home PC in 1993. Over on the project's blog, he's also sharing appreciative stories from FreeDOS users and from people involved with maintaining it (including memories of early 1980s computers like the Sinclair ZX80, the Atari 800XL and the Coleco Adam). Any Slashdot readers have their own fond memories to share?

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Red Hat integrates Kubernetes in Red Hat Cloud Suite

LXer - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 19:15
Want an all-in-one hybrid-cloud system? Red Hat thinks it has what you need in its Linux-based Red Hat Cloud Suite.

Intel AMT bug bit Siemens industrial PCs

TheRegister - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 18:56
Patches issued for 38 products, plus bonus Web portal bug-fix

You don't need state-sponsored hackers to crack industrial control systems, just an empty Intel AMT login – something Siemens started patching against last week.…

Java 9 release back on track, community votes 'yes'

TheRegister - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 17:56
Red Hat abstains but doesn't spoil the party

Java 9's Java Platform Modular System, that's caused Oracle so much trouble has passed the community vote and will ship in September.…

Should Kaspersky Lab Show Its Source Code To The US Government?

Slashdot - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 17:34
Today the CEO of Kaspersky Lab said he's willing to show the company's source code to the U.S. government, testify before Congress, and even move part of his research work to the U.S. to dispel suspicious about his company. The Associated Press reports: Kaspersky, a mathematical engineer who attended a KGB-sponsored school and once worked for Russia's Ministry of Defense, has long been eyed suspiciously by his competitors, particularly as his anti-virus products became popular in the U.S. market. Some speculate that Kaspersky, an engaging speaker and a fixture of the conference circuit, kept his Soviet-era intelligence connections. Others say it's unlikely that his company could operate independently in Russia, where the economy is dominated by state-owned companies and the power of spy agencies has expanded dramatically under President Vladimir Putin. No firm evidence has ever been produced to back up the claims... Like many cybersecurity outfits in the U.S. and elsewhere, some Kaspersky employees are former spies. Kaspersky acknowledged having ex-Russian intelligence workers on his staff, mainly "in our sales department for their relationship with the government sector." But he added that his company's internal network was too segregated for a single rogue employee to abuse it. "It's almost not possible," he said. "Because to do that, you have to have not just one person in the company, but a group of people that have access to different parts of our technological processes. It's too complicated." And he insisted his company would never knowingly cooperate with any country's offensive cyber operations. A key Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee has told ABC that "a consensus in Congress and among administration officials that Kaspersky Lab cannot be trusted to protect critical infrastructure." Meanwhile, Slashdot reader Kiralan shares this article from Gizmodo noting Kaspersky Lab "has worked with both Moscow and the FBI in the past, often serving as a go-between to help the two governments cooperate." But setting the precedent of gaining trust through source code access is dangerous, as is capitulating to those demands. Russia has been making the same requests of private companies recently. Major technology companies like Cisco, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, McAfee, and SAP have agreed to give the Russian government access to "code for security products such as firewalls, anti-virus applications and software containing encryption," according to Reuters. Security firm Symantec pointedly refused to cooperate with Russian demands last week. "It poses a risk to the integrity of our products that we are not willing to accept," a Symantec spokesperson said in a statement.

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An Interview With Peppermint CEO Mark Greaves

LXer - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 17:21
In this series of Interviews, I'm going to publish interviews with CEOs of some of the very interesting, popular and fine Linux distributions. The first one is Mark Greaves, the CEO of PeppermintOS, a really nice and useful distribution but often misunderstood as the cloud-centric distribution (even I used to think the same).

Oz attorney-general a step closer to SCNA*

TheRegister - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 16:56
*George Brandis, Self-Certified Network Architect, to get keys to carrier networks

The Australian government is moving a step closer to having the attorney-general overseeing its telecommunications networks – even while the committee that looked at the bill says it lacks detail.…

New Research Explodes Myths About Ada Lovelace

Slashdot - Sun, 07/02/2017 - 16:34
Two mathematics historians investigated the Lovelace-Byron family archives (which are available online) to confirm the early mathematical prowess of Ada Lovelace for two scholarly journals. Slashdot reader bugs2squash shares a post from the Oxford Mathematical Institute: The work challenges widespread claims that Lovelace's mathematical abilities were more "poetical" than practical, or indeed that her knowledge was so limited that Babbage himself was likely to have been the author of the paper that bears her name. The authors pinpoint Lovelace's keen eye for detail, fascination with big questions, and flair for deep insights, which enabled her to challenge some deep assumptions in her teacher's work. They suggest that her ambition, in time, to do significant mathematical research was entirely credible, though sadly curtailed by her ill-health and early death. Ada Lovelace died in London at age 36.

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