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  • The latest report from McAfee says that Android is now the worst platform for malware.
  • During the second quarter of this year Android threats jumped 76%, making it the most attacked mobile operating system. Malware is at a record breaking high, especially on mobile devices. The attacks are becoming more stealthy and more sophisticated. As the popularity of Android increases, malware targeting Android has grown to overtake the Symbian operating system. This rapid rise in malware may indicate that it is increasingly become a target for cybercriminals.
  • It’s time Android users take some measures to protect themselves, such as installing an anti-virus.

Microsoft Supports Linux in China

  • Microsoft will provide cloud services across both the Windows and Linux platforms in China.
  • You heard right, Microsoft has entered into an agreement with the government-owned China Standard Software Company, which is the leading Linux operating system provider for China. In a first of its kind deal, Microsoft has partnered with the Chinese company to provide cross-platform cloud services in their emerging economy. What’s unique is that they are jumping right into cloud computing. Its a rapidly growing market and is moving faster than anywhere elses. The mixed source solution will be built on Microsoft’s Hyper-V Open Cloud architecture and will include support to run China Standard Software Company’s NeoKylin Linux Server products,
  • One wonders if this is a sign of things to come from Microsoft.

Ubuntu Patches Security Holes in WebKit

  • Ubuntu has patched a number of security vulnerabilities that were found in the WebKit browser and JavaScript engines.
  • The danger of these security flaws is that they could allow a remote attacker, through a malicious website, the ability to do cross-site scripting attacks, denial of service attacks, and arbitrary code execution. There was also another separate issue in the operating system that would allow an attacker the ability to manipulate the mtab file, and possibly unmount arbitrary locations, leading to a denial of service. These security issues effect Ubuntu 11.04, Ubuntu 10.10 and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
  • These issues can easily be corrected by simply updating your system. You may want to do that soon.

Twitter Open Sources Bootstrap

  • Twitter has open sourced Bootstrap, which is a toolkit designed to kickstart development of webapps and sites.
  • Over the years Twitter has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in web design. Bootstrap bundles up all this knowledge into a toolkit you can download and use. Bootstrap primarily consists of an HTML and CSS template. The toolkit includes compiled CSS, uncompiled, and example templates. It includes all original .less files, as well as fully compiled and minified CSS. You also get complete styleguide documentation. and example page template. Bootstrap is made available under the Apache License 2.0.
  • It is nice to see that companies like Twitter are beginning to realize the value of Open Source.

Wind River Linux 4 Updates for Embedded Graphics

  • Wind River has announced the second update to its Wind River Linux 4 platform.
  • The embedded market is one of the biggest growth areas for Linux and Intel’s Wind River is one of the leading embedded Linux distributions.The new update includes a pre-integrated graphics stack as well as a Linux, Apache. MySQL. PHP stack for applications. Typically graphics stacks are not setup for embedded development, and so tend to be bulky. Developers working on the platform have two open source options, they can use either the GTK or QT frameworks. From a security perspective, Wind River is now including an open source VPN solution known as strongSWAN,
  • For those more concerned about security, Wind River has a secure Linux solution called Linux Secure.

GIMP 2.7.3 Finally Gets a Single Window Mode

  • It appears that GIMP will finally get the long awaited single-window mode.
  • If you have ever worked with GIMP you realize that you begin each session with at least three windows opened. Well, now you can switch to a single window mode like Paintshop Pro. It is not enabled by default, so you have to enable it. The advantage of the single window mode is that you can line up the tools and layers menus alongside the image. Other changes include a new hybrid spin button/scale widget that takes up less space as well as working session management. GIMP 2.7.3 is part of the project’s unstable development branch which is building towards the next stable release, version 2.8.
  • While an official date has not been release, right now they are aiming for late November of this year.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 Beta Release

  • Red Hat announced the release of the Beta version of their Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0.
  • This next-generation version of the company’s end-to-end virtualization solution includes new capabilities that build upon its industry-leading scalability and performance for both server virtualization and desktop virtualization. Several key enhancements include having the Virtualization Manager, a Java application, running on JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, an updated KVM hypervisor, Industry-leading performance and scalability levels, supporting up to 128 logical CPUs and 2TB memory for hosts, and up to 64 vCPUs and 2TB memory for guests, and many other improvements.
  • Judging from the beta, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 is will provide customers with many new features and capabilities.

Firefox Will Keep Its Version Numbers

  • Mozila has had a change of heart and has decided to keep the version numbering.
  • Even though eliminating the version number in the About box may seem like a small thing, it raised quite an uproar in the Firefox community, enough so that Mozilla has changed their minds. They are now saying that the About box will remain as it has been. They are even saying that removing the version numbers was never actually decided upon. It all stemmed from a miscommunication within the User Interface team.
  • This is not the first time that there has been miscommunication within the Mozilla team.

Ubuntu Software Center Overhaul in Full Swing

  • There are dramatic changes coming for the Ubuntu Software Center, most of which will arrive in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
  • The new Ubuntu Software Center will have a wide featured-content slider on top, similar to Apples’s App Store. It will also have tabs for ‘Top Rated’ apps as well as “New’ apps. There is also categorization of applications on the left side  that will help you find apps. Currently it is still in development and there are some rough edges. But overall it looks promising. Some of these improvements will be see in the next release of Ubuntu, others will have to wait until Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
  • All this is a part of meeting Mark Shuttleworth’s goal of acquiring 200 million Ubuntu users in 4 years.

Top 10 Ubuntu 11.10 Features

  • The first Beta of the Ubuntu 11.10 will be released next Thursday, and Softpedia listed ten of its most important features.
  • These include a breathtaking login manager, a lot of improvements in the Unity desktop, a backup up tool called Deja Dup, Mozilla Thunderbird 7.0, Mozilla Firefox 7.0, brand-new ALT+Tab functionality, LibreOffice 3.4, easily access various settings straight from the Unity panel, Nautilus 3, and the Ubuntu Software Center. It will also include such under the hood improvement such as Linux kernel 3.0, multi-arch support, GNOME 3.2 desktop environment, GTK3, Python 3.2, GCC 4.6.1, Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) 1.5.0, and lots more.
  • Ubuntu 11.10 (is due for release on October 13, 2011.

Tired of Patent Wars? Use Open Source Instead

  • Many people are getting tired of the patent wars, Microsoft, Apple. and Oracle vs Google.
  • But is there an answer to the constant fighting. Well one self-proclaimed geek thinks there is. The answer is switch to using Open Source solutions instead. Then maybe we can get back to innovation and cooperation and begin to see just how far we can go. How can one doubt that these patent wars are nothing more than a colossal waste of time, energy, and money. We already have copyright to afford all the protections we really need in this area. But many companies are trigger happy to sue first and innovate later.
  • The only answer to any war is the way of peace and sharing, in other words Open Source.

The First Ever Linux Hall of Fame

  • The Linux Foundation put together its first ever Linux Hall of Fame exhibit in honor of the 20th anniversary of Linux.
  • The Linux Foundation showcased the Linux Hall of Fame at this years Linuxcon, held in Vancouver just last week. The exhibit features signed items from Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, as well as many others from the world of Linux. The collection includes such things as an empty whiskey bottle donated by Linus Torvalds, a fan letter from a very young Linux user, and a signed box from the team that would later became SCO,
  • Linux is making history and it only seems right that we should preserve that history for the next generation.

The latest distro releases include….

  • Fedora 16 Alpha
  • BackTrack 5 R1
  • Vyatta 6.3
  • Zentyal 2.2 RC2



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August 26th, 2011 at 3:50 pm