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Linux Foundation sites still offline after "brute force attack" — Sep. 13, 2011 — The Linux Foundation says service will return "in the coming days" at Linux.com. LinuxFoundation.org, and other sites taken offline for a third day after a "brute force attack." The Linux kernel is unaffected, but registered users on Linux Foundation sites likely had their personal information compromised. ...
Ubuntu 11.10 beta gives Software Center a Mac-like makeover — Sep. 02, 2011 — The Canonical-backed Ubuntu project released the first beta of Ubuntu 11.10 ("Oneiric Ocelot"), featuring both an improved Unity Dash interface and a makeover for the Ubuntu Software Center that resembles the Mac App Store. Ubuntu 11.10 also advances to Linux 3.0.3, Firefox 7.0, and Thunderbird 7.0. ...
Kernel.org hacked, but Linux kernel safe thanks to git — Sep. 02, 2011 — Attackers compromised several servers at kernel.org using an off-the-shelf Trojan that appears to have entered via a compromised user credential. However, the source code for the Linux kernel does not appear to have been altered thanks to its "git" distributed revision control system, say kernel maintainers. ...
Arch Linux moves up to Linux 3.0 — Aug. 26, 2011 — The Arch Linux team has released the first new all-in-one update for its minimalist, rolling-release distribution in 15 months. The Arch Linux 2011.08.19 installation media features support for Linux 3.0 and the syslinux bootloader, and offers experimental Btrfs and NILFS2 file-systems, and more flexible source-file selection. ...
Microsoft to help sell Hyper-V infused Linux distro in China — Aug. 23, 2011 — Microsoft and China Standard Software Co. (CS2C), announced a deal -- complete with a "legal covenant agreement" -- through which CS2C's Linux-based NeoKylin Linux distribution will be matched with Hyper-V Open Cloud. Designed for cloud solutions in China, the offering would put Microsoft in the unlikely business of selling Linux. ...
LinuxCon wishes happy 20th to Linux — Aug. 20, 2011 — LinuxCon ended Aug. 19 in Vancouver, after celebrating 20 years of Linux. Highlights included plans for a universal long-term Linux kernel, keynotes from Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst and IBM Linux guru Irving Wladawsky-Berger, and Linus Torvalds calling for calm in the code rift with Android. ...
SPDX spec standardizes open source compliance reporting — Aug. 18, 2011 — The Linux Foundation's SPDX workgroup announced the first release of a standard for sharing open source license information. The Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) 1.0 standard, part of the foundation's Open Compliance Program, provides a common format for sharing data about software components, licenses, and copyrights. ...
Controversial Unity desktop gets UI makeover in Ubuntu 11.10 — Aug. 18, 2011 — Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth unveiled an improved Dash interface for its controversial Unity desktop in Ubuntu 11.10, featuring panel changes and a filtered search interface. The Ubuntu project recently unleashed the third alpha release of Ubuntu 11.10 ("Oneiric Ocelot"), offering Linux 3.0, Firefox 6.0, and Thunderbird 6.0. ...
Linux creator calls for GNOME fork — Aug. 04, 2011 — Linus Torvalds weighed in on the debate over the controversial GNOME 3.0 environment, recommending that someone fork the "unholy mess." Meanwhile, version 4.7 of the KDE desktop has arrived with new touchscreen and OpenGL 2.0 support, and Netflix may be be working on a Linux port. ...
Microsoft and SUSE extend patent and interoperability pact — Jul. 25, 2011 — Microsoft and Attachmate business unit SUSE announced a four-year extension of their controversial strategic collaboration that involves Microsoft's purchase of $100 million in SUSE Linux certificates. Meanwhile, the Linux community puzzles over Microsoft's major contributing role to Linux 3.0, and its surprise birthday greeting to Linux. ...
Red Hat moves to RHEL 5.7 as Oracle nabs Ksplice — Jul. 25, 2011 — Red Hat released version 5.7 of RHEL, adding new drivers and KVM hypervisor improvements. In other enterprise Linux news, Oracle acquired Ksplice and its Linux-based hot-patching technology, and an eWEEK review says the Ubuntu-based Stackops Linux distro speeds the process of configuring and deploying OpenStack clouds. ...
Linux 3.0 scrubs up Btrfs, gets more Xen — Jul. 22, 2011 — Linux 3.0 was released, featuring a storage backend for Xen virtualization and a scrubbed up antifrag version of the Btrfs filesystem. Meanwhile, Thomas Gleixner released a major new, real-time Linux patch to match Linux 3.0 for highly-deterministic applications. ...
Xamarin and Attachmate's SUSE settle split-up, partner over Mono — Jul. 18, 2011 — Attachmate's SUSE unit announced a partnership with Xamarin, which formed to support the "Mono" after Attachmate jettisoned the Mono team. The agreement grants Xamarin a license to all IP covering Mono products, and calls for Xamarin to provide technical support to SUSE customers using Mono-based products. ...
Flash Player 11 beta returns to 64-bit Linux — Jul. 14, 2011 — Adobe has released a beta of Flash Player 11, touting 64-bit support across Windows, Mac OS, and -- after a year-long hiatus -- Linux. Flash 11 includes new low-level APIs for GPU acceleration, H.264/AVC and H/264 compression, cross-platform vector printing, and secure random-number generation, says Adobe. ...
Red Hat clone CentOS 6.0 arrives late, but with security updates — Jul. 11, 2011 — The CentOS community released its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.0 clone, promising continuous release updates to support RHEL 6.1 security features. CentOS 6.0 mimics RHEL 6.0 improvements in virtualization, cloud computing, scalability, and power efficiency, and offers a rebuilt build system, says the CentOS community. ...
Linux 2.6.38 power problems confirmed, but workaround appears — Jun. 29, 2011 — Phoronix has identified the source of Linux power regression problems in Linux 2.6.38 as being related to ASPM code for PCI Express, and has published a workaround. The problem, which can reduce battery life with Ubuntu 11.04 and Fedora 15, was confirmed by Tom's Hardware Guide. ...
Sabayon Linux 6.0 released -- without GNOME 3.0 — Jun. 27, 2011 — Sabayon Linux advanced to version 6.0, opting for GNOME 2.32.2 and KDE 4.6.4 environments over GNOME 3.0. Sabayon 6.0 adopts Linux 2.6.39.1, adds support for the Btrfs filesystem, switches to LibreOffice 3.3.3, and updates to version 1.0 of its Entropy package manager, says the Saboyan community. ...
Linux-based plug computer sold with USB touchscreen monitors — Jun. 13, 2011 — MimoMonitors.com announced a Debian Linux-based, Marvell SheevaPlug mini-PC bundled with its USB touchscreen displays for desktop-PC use. The compact, 1.2GHz MimoPlug features SD storage, gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, and optional eSATA ports, and is available with 7-10-inch touchscreens in bundling deals ranging from $380 to $500. ...
Linux 3.0 arrives in RC1, providing absolutely nothing new — Jun. 02, 2011 — Linus Torvalds announced an RC1 release of the next Linux kernel, but instead of calling it the expected Linux 2.6.40, it's dubbed Linux 3.0. The final Linux 3.0 will coincide with the 20th anniversary of Linux in August, but will offer no great breakthroughs, says Torvalds. ...
Linux Mint 11 ships with retro GNOME 2.32 UI — May 27, 2011 — The Mint project released the final Linux Mint 11, which is based on Ubuntu 11.04, but skips over the new Unity and GNOME 3 desktops in favor of GNOME 2.32.1. Linux Mint 11 updates the Software Manager and Update Manager, and adds LibreOffice, Banshee, and gThumb. ...
Mini-PC offers Chrome OS, modular design — May 25, 2011 — Xi3 Corp. announced the first desktop PC based on Google's Chrome OS, based closely on its Linux-ready Xi3 Modular Computer mini-PC. The ChromiumPC offers a modular design, including a swappable processor board with a single- or dual-core x86 processor, as well as two upgradable I/O boards. ...
Fedora 15 takes wing with GNOME 3 and SystemD — May 25, 2011 — The Fedora Project released the final Fedora 15 "Lovelock" distribution, the first Linux distro featuring the controversial new GNOME 3 desktop. Other Fedora 15 features include Linux 2.6.38, a dynamic firewall, the SystemD configuration utility, and new applications including LibreOffice and Firefox 4, says the project. ...
Linux 2.6.39 assists firewalls, speeds up Ext4 — May 19, 2011 — The Linux 2.6.39 kernel was released featuring new IPset technology for simplifying firewall deployment. Other major features include Ext4 performance and scalability improvements, a media controller subsystem for video acquisition, a block plugging overhaul for fast storage I/O, and support for new AMD "Cayman" Radeon graphics. ...
Mono project gets new home in 'Xamarin' start-up — May 17, 2011 — Following Attachmate's acquisition of Novell, the entire staff of the Novell-sponsored Mono project team was laid off. Now Mono project leader Miguel de Icaza has launched a new company called Xamarin that plans to continue supporting the open source .NET clone Mono and Silverlight mimic Moonlight. ...
Canonical switches to OpenStack for Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud — May 13, 2011 — Canonical has announced that Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud will adopt the OpenStack cloud platform over Eucalyptus. In other Ubuntu-related news, an Ubuntu 11.04-based Linux Mint 11 release candidate (RC) was announced that opts for the GNOME 2.32.1 desktop environment over both Canonical's Unity and GNOME 3.0. ...

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