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NSA Open Sources InfoSec Tool: Security Posted by: comforteagle

From the Challenge Accepted? dept.:
The US National Security Agency has offered up one of its cyber security tools for government departments and the private sector to use freely to help beef up their security and counter threats.

The systems integrity management platform - SIMP - was released to the code repository GitHub over the weekend.

SIMP helps to keep networked systems compliant with security standards, the NSA said, and should form part of a layered, "defence-in-depth" approach to information security.

Published Jul 15, 2015 - 12:46 PM

Firefox 39: Mozilla Posted by: comforteagle

From the Chat dept.:
Firefox 39 has been released for both desktop and mobile systems. The new features include a social sharing tool for the Firefox Hello video chat subsystem. It is designed to make it easier to share Firefox Hello chat invitations over third-party social networks. In addition, Firefox's existing phishing-and-malware detection tool has been extended to cover downloads, support has been added for Unicode 8.0's multi-ethnic emoji characters, and there is improved support for the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) standard.

Published Jul 06, 2015 - 12:02 PM

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
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