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Open Container Project Launched: Open Source Posted by: comforteagle

From the Bucket dept.:
A broad coalition of industry leaders and users are joining forces to create the Open Container Project (OCP), chartered to establish common standards for software containers.

Housed under the Linux Foundation, the OCP’s mission is to enable users and companies to continue to innovate and develop container-based solutions, with confidence that their pre-existing development efforts will be protected and without industry fragmentation. As part of this initiative, Docker will donate the code for its software container format and its runtime, as well as the associated specifications. The leadership of the Application Container spec (“appc”) initiative, including founding member CoreOS, will also be bringing their technical leadership and support to OCP.

Published Jun 23, 2015 - 07:43 PM

Google Eavesdropping Through Chromium / Chrome?: Security Posted by: comforteagle

From the WAT!?! dept.:
Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped on. In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to "we can do that".

Published Jun 23, 2015 - 07:38 PM

Fedora 22: Linux Posted by: comforteagle

From the New Arrival dept.:
In addition to the latest versions of all your favorite free and open source software, Fedora 22 marks our second release with distinctly-targeted offerings for cloud computing, the server room, and the desktops and laptops of software developers and creators everywhere. Thanks to the hard work of developers, designers, packagers, translators, testers, documentation writers, and everyone else, we're incredibly confident in saying that this is our best and most polished release yet.

Also with this release, we return to our traditional six-month cadence -- we'll see you back here sometime around Halloween!

Published May 26, 2015 - 06:47 PM

Mozilla Revamping Firefox Smartphone for Quality: Mozilla Posted by: comforteagle

From the Code for it stank dept.:
"Mozilla has revamped its Firefox OS mobile software project after concluding that ultra-affordable $25 handsets aren't enough to take on the biggest powers of the smartphone world, CNET has learned.

The nonprofit organization rose to prominence with the success of its Firefox Web browser a decade ago, but it's having trouble achieving the same success with its Firefox operating system for smartphones. According to a Thursday email from new Chief Executive Chris Beard, Mozilla has changed its strategy to a new "Ignite" initiative that emphasizes phones with compelling features, not just with lower price tags. It's also considering letting its operating system run apps written for its top rival, Google's Android."

Published May 26, 2015 - 06:44 PM

Wireless Charging Tech Adopted By Ford, Chrysler, and Toyota Goes Open Source: Open Source Posted by: comforteagle

From the cord-free dept.:
wireless The in-vehicle wireless charging technology adopted by Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, RAM, and Toyota has been released to the public domain without royalties or licenses. This technology that you probably never heard of before is in 12 vehicles; more vehicles than all the other wireless charging standards combined.

Published May 14, 2015 - 05:45 PM

Self-destructing virus kills off PCs: Security Posted by: comforteagle

From the Self Awareness dept.:
A computer virus that tries to avoid detection by making the machine it infects unusable has been found.

Published May 08, 2015 - 01:09 PM

Debian 8 "Jessie" Released Posted by: comforteagle

From the Girl dept.:
After almost 24 months of constant development the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 8 (code name Jessie), which will be supported for the next 5 years thanks to the combined work of the Debian Security team and of the Debian Long Term Support team.

Published Apr 30, 2015 - 05:09 PM

Linux 4.0 Kernel Released: Linux Posted by: comforteagle

From the 4.0 dept.:
linux penguinsLinus: "So I decided to release 4.0 as per the normal schedule, because there really weren't any known issues, and while I'll be traveling during the end of the upcoming week due to a college visit, I'm hoping that won't affect the merge window very much. We'll see.

Linux 4.0 was a pretty small release both in linux-next and in final size, although obviously "small" is all relative. It's still over 10k non-merge commits. But we've definitely had bigger releases (and judging by linux-next v4.1 is going to be one of the bigger ones)."

Published Apr 13, 2015 - 12:54 PM

Google Lets SMTP Certificate Expire Posted by: comforteagle

From the Oopsie dept.:
googleGoogle on Saturday let a digital certificate expire that was used to secure its domain, the domain used by Gmail and Google Apps users to send outgoing email.

The certificate was issued by Google Internet Certificate Authority G2, which issues digital certificates for Google web sites and properties.

Published Apr 09, 2015 - 01:23 PM

Open Crypto Audit Passes TrueCrypt: Security Posted by: comforteagle

From the Grading dept.:
enigmaAt his blog, cryptographer Matt Green announced that the Open Crypto Audit project's review of the now-abandoned TrueCrypt encryption tool is complete, and that "based on this audit, Truecrypt appears to be a relatively well-designed piece of crypto software. The NCC audit found no evidence of deliberate backdoors, or any severe design flaws that will make the software insecure in most instances."


Published Apr 09, 2015 - 01:09 PM
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