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+ - 173 The Linux Foundation Secure Boot Pre-bootloader Released->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Linux Foundation’s UEFI Secure Boot pre-bootloader for independent Linux distros and software developers has finally been released. Announcing the release of the secure boot system James Bottomley noted that the signed pre-bootloader was delivered by Microsoft on February 6th. Bottomley has released two validated files PreLoader.efi and HashTool.efi. Bottomley has also created a bootable mini-USB image that provides “an EFI shell where the kernel should be and uses Gummiboot to boot.” Just last week the pre-bootloader had to be rewritten to accommodate booting of all version of Linux"
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Linux

+ - 141 Moving Linux Console to the Userspace-> 2

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "David Herrmann has provided an update on his ambitious initiative to kill of the Linux kernel console. Herrmann has long been working on making the Linux kernel CONFIG_VT option unnecessary for providing a Linux console by punting it off to user-space. The Linux kernel VT console hasn't been changed much in the past two decades and Herrmann is hoping to see it replaced with a user-space solution he's been developing that would allow for multi-seat support, a hardware-accelerated console, full internalization, and other features."
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Ubuntu

+ - 204 Ask Slashdot: Is there honestly a reason to use Ubuntu anymore? 6

Submitted by Trilkin
Trilkin (2042026) writes "I recently installed Linux Mint on my (non-technically savvy) grandmother's netbook and she's responded very well to it. I'm considering doing the same for her desktop, but my question is this: being that Mint is a fork of Ubuntu, is there any real compelling reason to actually use Ubuntu anymore? It seems so much more bloated. I'm aware that, under the surface, it's basically just a fork of Debian and Linux overall is a OS that can be tinkered with to be the exact environment you need. As an out-of-the-box desktop distribution, though, from my own testing, Ubuntu seems to be the weaker of the two thanks to its continuously growing amount of bloat in order to push its paid-for services. Is there really any real reason to use it over Mint? Outside of the paid-for services, is there anything it offers out of the box that Mint simply doesn't?"
Microsoft

+ - 112 What Role Does Linux Play in Microsoft's End of the Dell Deal?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It's not lost on Microsoft that cloud computing is emerging as a major trend, and that and other trends are likely to prompt increased server purchasing over the next decade. If Microsoft has anything to say to Dell about allowable platforms, it will be on the topic of Linux on servers. Dell has positioned itself to become a bigger player in the cloud, and in services. From that perspective, especially in a virtualized technology world, the company can't leave Linux behind. Was that Microsoft's prompt for dropping $2 billion?"
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Ubuntu

+ - 121 Ubuntu Smartphone Shipping in October->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Smartphones running the open source Ubuntu operating system will be available to customers beginning in October 2013, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth told CIO Journal. Ubuntu will be available on a full range of devices, including desktop and tablet computers, potentially providing corporate IT executives a way to reduce the number of devices they purchase and manage, and would allow users to access all manner of corporate data through a single, pocket-sized device. “You can share Windows apps to the phone desktop,” said Mr. Shuttleworth during a meeting in New York Tuesday."
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Microsoft

+ - 181 Microsoft may be seeking protection from Linux with Dell loan ->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Microsoft's $2 billion loan to Dell is a sign that the software maker wants to influence hardware designs in a post-PC world while protecting itself from the growing influence of Linux-based operating systems in mobile devices and servers, according to analysts. Michael Dell and equity firm Silver Lake on Tuesday announced a buyout of computer maker Dell in a deal valued at about $24.4 billion. The transaction includes the loan from Microsoft, which in a statement said it views the deal as a commitment to the "long term success of the entire PC ecosystem." As the world's third-largest PC maker, Dell is important to the success of Microsoft's server and PC software. Even though Microsoft's loan does not represent a big part of the total value of the transaction, the software maker does not throw around money lightly and its participation in the deal might be an attempt by the software maker to influence hardware designs in the post-PC world of touch laptops, tablets and smartphones, analysts said. It may also be an attempt to secure the partnership and to stop the PC maker from looking toward alternative operating systems like Linux, analysts said. Dell offers Linux servers and in late November introduced a thin and light XPS 13 laptop with a Linux-based Ubuntu OS, also code-named Project Sputnik. Major PC makers in recent months have also introduced laptops with Chrome OS."
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Open Source

+ - 177 Tim O'Reilly steps into the comments to debate Open Government and Linux ->

Submitted by
PatrickRIot
PatrickRIot writes "Aeon Magazine ran this longform crtique of Open Source politics last week.
"Open Sesame: ‘Openness’ is the new magic word in politics – but should governments really be run like Wikipedia?"

It referenced Tim O'Reilly and the man himself has stepped in at the bottom of the page for a detailed and lengthy rejoinder.

'I'm a bit surprised to learn that my ideas of "government as a platform" are descended from Eric Raymond's ideas about Linux, since: a) Eric is a noted libertarian with disdain for government b) Eric's focus on Linux was on its software development methodology. From the start, I was the open source activist focused on the power of platforms, arguing the role for the architecture of Unix and the Internet in powering the open source movement. (continues)'"

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GNU is Not Unix

+ - 101 Fedora 18 for ARM-based Devices Released Officially->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Fedora 18 "Spherical Cow" has been officially released for ARM-based devices within a month of being released for x86 and x64 hardware. The newly released ARM version of the operating system has been made available in the form of pre-built images for the hardware platforms such as Versatile Express (QEMU), Trimslice (Tegra), Pandaboard (OMAP4), GuruPlug (Kirkwood), and Beagleboard (OMAP3). Announcing the release Fedora noted that these pre-built images can be written directly to any type of storage media used today such as SD card, USB or SATA drive and can booted right away without the need for any extra configuration."
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AMD

+ - 234 AMD Publishes Open-Source Radeon HD 8000 Series Driver->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The hardware hasn't been released yet, but AMD has made available early open-source Linux GPU driver patches for supporting the future Radeon HD 8000 series graphics cards. At this time the Radeon HD 8800 "Oland" series is supported with the Mesa, DRM, X.Org, and kernel modifications. From the driver perspective, not many modifications are needed to build upon the Radeon HD 7000 series support."
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Ubuntu

+ - 104 Ubuntu to Build Own Display Server, Not Go With Wayland->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon has dropped several hints that Ubuntu may 'roll' with a custom display server for Unity across its desktop, phone, tv and tablet devices. His most telling response was in a reply to a question on Wayland adoption, saying: “X doesn’t meet [our] needs, Wayland doesn’t meet [our] needs”."
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Linux

+ - 363 TLF's UEFI Secure Boot Pre-Bootloader Rewritten to Boot all Linux Versions->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Linux Foundation’s UEFI secure boot pre-bootloader is still in the works and has been modified substantially so that it allows any Linux versions to boot through UEFI secure boot. The reason for modifying the pre-bootloader was that the current version of the loader wouldn’t work with Gummiboot which was designed to boot kernels using BootServices->LoadImage(). Further the original pre-bootloader had been written using “PE/Coff link loading to defeat the secure boot checks.” As it stands, anything run by the original pre-bootloader must also be link-loaded to defeat secure boot and Gummiboot, which is not a link-loader, didn't work in this scenario. This is the reason a re-write of the pre-bootloader was required and now it supports booting of all versions of Linux."
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Linux

+ - 146 Linux: Booting via UEFI Can Brick Samsung Notebooks->

Submitted by
wehe
wehe writes "Heise News reports today some Samsung notebooks can be turned into a brick if booted just one time via UEFI into Linux. Even the firmware does not boot anymore. Some reports in the Ubuntu bug tracker system report that such notebooks can not be recovered without replacing the main board. Other Linux distributions may be affected as well. Kernel developers are discussing a change in the samsung-laptop driver.
http://www.heise.de/open/meldung/Linux-Booten-per-UEFI-kann-Samsung-Notebooks-schrotten-1793534.html"

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Linux

+ - 162 New Secure Boot Patches Break Hibernate, Kexec Support on Linux->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Matthew Garrett has published some patches today out of which few break hibernate and kexec support on Linux when secure boot is running. The reason behind disabling hibernate functionalities is that currently the Linux kernel doesn’t have the capability of verifying the resume image when returning from hibernation, which compromises the Secure Boot trust model. The reason for disabling the kexec support while running in Secure Boot is that the kernel execution mechanism may be used to attack the system by a malicious user such as disabling of swap, writing of a pre-formed resume image to swap, etc. Kexec can be used to load a modified kernel thus bypassing the trust model of Secure Boot."
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Linux

+ - 185 Accessible Computing Foundation Creating Fully Accessible GNU/Linux Distro

Submitted by
elwin_windleaf
elwin_windleaf writes "The Accessible Computing Foundation's Jonathan Nadeau has started an IndieGoGo campaign to create a GNU/Linux distribution that's focused on accessibility. With 360 million blind and low vision people around the world, and most accessibility software being proprietary and prohibitively expensive, this distro could make a world of difference.

Jonathan is a blind GNU/Linux user himself who, in addition to starting the Accessible Computing Foundation, also organizes the annual Northeast GNU/Linuxfest."
Linux

+ - 187 Linux 3.8-rc5 Released, Quietly->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Rather than the usual mailing list announcement for Linux kernel release Linus Torvalds has released Linux 3.8-rc5 quietly. With no announcement prior to release and even a day after the Linux 3.8-rc5 was tagged, Torvalds went onto post a message on Google+ about the release earlier today, The latest release candidate contains over 300 commits; has updates in btrfs, f2fs, ptrace and module loading and comes with quite a few driver updates."
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Ubuntu

+ - 155 Valve Releases Half-Life (Beta) For Linux->

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Athens101
Athens101 writes "Yesterday Valve released Half-Life (beta) for the Steam Linux client. "We have released Half-Life 1 in Beta form on Linux (and OS X). Please report any issues you see on our github issues page. "

About:
Half-Life is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Valve Corporation, the company’s debut product and the first in the Half-Life series. First released in 1998 by Sierra Studios for Windows PCs, the game was also released for the PlayStation 2.[2] In Half-Life, players assume the role of Dr. Gordon Freeman, a theoretical physicist who must fight his way out of a secret underground research facility whose research and experiments into teleportation technology have gone disastrously wrong."

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Linux

+ - 106 Half Life is now available natively on Steam for Linux->

Submitted by Conzar
Conzar (1603461) writes "I loaded up my steam client for Linux tonight and found a pleasant surprise waiting in my library to be downloaded. That's right, one of the greatest FPS's in history, Half Life. I downloaded the game which didn't take any time at all. I fired it up, configured my options (max res is 1920x1080) and played the first 10 minutes of the game without any problems!

For those that have Ubuntu, Steam, and have Half Life (Beta) in their library, its a must play even if the game is over 10 years old."

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Microsoft

+ - 200 Open Source exFAT Reaches 1.0 Status->

Submitted by Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus (588015) writes "Slashdot editors: I revised my prior submission to more clearly spell out the major use case for exFAT. I also changed one of the URLs to its canonical version.

fuse-exfat, a GPLv3 implementation of the exFAT file system for Linux, FreeBSD, and OS X, has reached 1.0 status, according to an announcement from Andrew Nayenko, the primary developer.

exFAT is a file system designed for sneaker-netting terabyte-scale files and groups of files on flash drives and memory cards between and among Windows, OS X, and consumer electronics devices. It was introduced by Microsoft in late 2006.

Will fuse-exfat cut into MS’s juicy exFAT licensing revenue? Will MS litigate fuse-exfat’s developers and users into patent oblivion? Will there be a DKMS dynamic kernel module version of the software, similar to the ZFS on Linux project?

ReadWrite, The H, and Phoronix cover the story."

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