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+ - 263 India $45 Android tablet from Datawind falls to corruption-> 1

Submitted by symbolset
symbolset (646467) writes "The first Aakash tablet proposed for India schools has failed. Datawind managed to deliver the $45 Android tablet as reported here previously, but suffering a breach in faith by both their contract manufacturer and the accepting agency in India had to reset the project. Facing a loss in revenue it's turning into a disaster for the small Canadian company as they are now proving unable to deliver both the Aakash tablet and the parallel retail product.

Senior executives have begun to flee. The company has presold a great many tablets, and delivery failure reports are beginning to mount. Is this the Phantom console of this decade?"

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Microsoft

+ - 164 Microsoft using Linux to optimize Skype traffic->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A security researcher believes that Microsoft has overhauled Skype, with thousands of Linux boxes serving as the "supernodes" that route calls between users of the voice-over-IP service. Kostya Kortchinsky of Immunity Security "discovered the Linux supernodes using a Skype probing technique he and colleague Fabrice Desclaux first demonstrated in 2006", according to Ars Technica. The drastic infrastructure change doesn't affect the peer-to-peer nature of the calls between Skype users."
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Censorship

+ - 137 UK magazine pulled from US store after a feature on 'hacking'-> 1

Submitted by super_rancid
super_rancid (771191) writes "UK-based Linux Format magazine was pulled from Barnes and Noble bookstores in the US after featuring an article called 'Learn to Hack'. They used 'hack' in the populist security sense, rather than the traditional sense, and the feature — which they put online — was used to illustrate how poor your server's security is likely to be by breaking into it."
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Microsoft

+ - 105 Microsoft updates Skype to use secure Linux servers -> 1

Submitted by bigwheel
bigwheel (2238516) writes "Does this seem kind of ironic? "Microsoft has drastically overhauled the network running its Skype voice-over-IP service, replacing peer-to-peer client machines with thousands of Linux boxes that have been hardened against the most common types of hack attacks, a security researcher said.""
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Red Hat Software

+ - 123 Is Red Hat Blocking Ubuntu Developers?->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Ubuntu founder Mark shuttleworth has again taken a jab at Red Hat, the world's most successful open source company. In a recent IRC when he was asked about the relationship between Ubuntu and Gnome teams Mark Shuttleworth replied: We felt blocked by Red Hat on specific parts they control.

Is it another Canonical gimmick to get mindshare or is Red Hat really playing dirty?"

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Ubuntu

+ - 118 Canonical releases Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin->

Submitted by
MrSeb
MrSeb writes "No one can accuse Canonical of sitting around during the first quarter of 2012. With no less than six different release announcements since January, it seems that everything that Mark Shuttleworth’s company has been working on for the past few years is crystallizing all at once. With the release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS today, Canonical is looking to end the quarter on a high note by providing a stable release that is aimed directly at enterprise deployments. Precise Pangolin doesn’t offer any new functionality that fans of the Ubuntu platform haven’t already seen — but it will be the first time that enterprise users get to use the controversial Unity UI..."
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Software

+ - 167 Steam for Linux (and Gabe Newell dislikes Windows 8)->

Submitted by
MrSeb
MrSeb writes "Just a tidbit from the end of Phoronix's write-up on Steam/Source for Linux — Gabe apparently expressed "stunning negativity" for Windows 8. Is the timing of Steam/Source for Linux a little bit suspicious? Perhaps Valve is hedging its bets, in case the tablet-oriented Windows 8 causes desktop gamers to migrate en masse to Linux."
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Games

+ - 184 Phoronix has confirmation of a GNU/Linux Steam Client-> 1

Submitted by nukem996
nukem996 (624036) writes "After initially reporting in 2010 that Valve is work on a native GNU/Linux client one has finally been confirmed! Michael Larabel recently visited Valve's Bellvue, WA based office and has been able to see it himself. Included in the article are screenshots of the client running and speculation of a release!"
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Games

+ - 220 Valve's Steam & Games coming to Linux->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Valve's Steam and Source Engine-based games are coming to Linux. Michael from well known site Phoronix.com has been invitied to Valve's office and was able to spend a day with the developers and Gabe Newell himself. He is confirming the rumours about Linux ports from Valve, and has been able to play the games and work the developers himself. Attached in the article are pictures from Valve's offices with games running on Linux."
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Cloud

+ - 103 Salt: an OSD case study in FOSS project success->

Submitted by 3Volker
3Volker (66162) writes "from What Makes Open Source Projects Take Off? The Salt Case Study: "Last January, Salt (a remote execution and state manager) was named an Open Source Rookie of the Year, recognizing it as one of the top new open source projects initiated in 2011. While Salt is still a very young project, the Salt community has been growing at a massive pace, with over 90 individuals in IRC and about 190 members on the mailing list. According to Ohloh.net, the project now has over 80 contributors (from only 10 at the start of 2012!). And with 735 commits in March alone, Salt is moving at a pace that most open source projects only dream about." (full disclosure: submitter is personal friend of the Salt project's founder)"
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Ubuntu

+ - 127 Codename, Theming Update Announced for Ubuntu 12.10->

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benfrog
benfrog writes "In a blog post, Mark Shuttleworth announced some changes for Ubuntu 12.10 (due in October), including the code name (Quantal Quetzal--no, really) and a theme update. Some other more meaningful announcements include a focus on the cloud in the server version and the lack of a transition from Upstart to systemd."
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Open Source

+ - 117 £70 System On A USB Proposed For Elders->

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judgecorp
judgecorp writes "A Linux-based system with a simplified user interface has been proposed for older people who can't lor won't get to grips with anything more complicated. The HomeKey boots from the USB, and doesn't need any hard disk, so it can be used on obsolete recycled machines that have been ditched and gutted of their data by businesses."
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Open Source

+ - 136 An Interview With Linus Torvalds->

Submitted by dgharmon
dgharmon (2564621) writes "In recognition of his creation of a new open source operating system kernel for computers leading to the widely used Linux operating system. The free availability of Linux on the Web swiftly caused a chain-reaction leading to further development and fine-tuning worth the equivalent of 73,000 man-years.

Today millions use computers, smartphones and digital video recorders like Tivo run on Linux. Linus Torvalds’ achievements have had a great impact on shared software development, networking and the openness of the web, making it accessible for millions, if not billions."

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Windows

+ - 142 Linux Desktop: Business Desktop BAD, Consumer Desktop TERRIBLE 2

Submitted by mourngrym1969
mourngrym1969 (649042) writes "Not a scoop, but a discussion. I hate Windows, but like everyone else, use it every day. Tried (again, time number six over the last 15 years), to run linux exclusively for both work and home use. I even allowed myself the installation of VMWare Workstation and was willing to run some essentials in Windows 7 VM through Unity. But after two weeks, I am booted over to Windows again. Why? Drivers, printing, TV on my PC, NETFLIX, Visio, Adobe software (not flash), VMWare Workstation Stability, NVidia Drivers, Multimonitor support (rotation), composite desktop, etc, etc, etc... Why have we not been able to get our act together and get a usable linux desktop (working 'well' on one monitor is not sufficient)?"
Mozilla

+ - 166 Firefox Finally Gets Gstreamer Multimedia Backend!->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "So what does this mean? I believe not much yet for the enduser, at least this is a very nice infrastructure change to enable stuff like hardware acceleration e.g. on mobile devices. And from my point of view also a good separation: Do one thing and do it well. Let gstream do the multimedia stuff and Mozilla all that compositing."
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Linux

+ - 129 Linus wins the Millennium Technology Prize->

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udas
udas writes "Also on Google Plus:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/101722761973350504830/posts/iDp7MpWdRJN
This is the world’s largest technology prize. It is rewarded ever two years for a technological innovation that significantly improves the quality of human life, today and in the future. This year, Linus Torvalds, Linux’s creator, and Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, maker of a new way to create stem cells without the use of embryonic stem cells, are both laureates for the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize.

This prize, which is determined by the Technology Academy of Finland, is one of the world’s largest such prizes with candidates sought from across the world and from all fields of technology. The two innovators will share over a million Euros. The final winner will be announced by the President of the Republic of Finland in a special ceremony on June 13, 2012."

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Biotech

+ - 98 $4,829-per-hour supercomputer built on Amazon cloud to fuel cancer research-> 1

Submitted by neelwebs
neelwebs (2547396) writes "Farid and his team recently decided they wanted to stop cutting corners, specifically for a joint cancer research project conducted with Nimbus Discovery, which does computer-based drug discovery. The key was that instead of using Schrödinger’s internal cluster, they opted to build a 50,000-core supercomputer on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.

It ran for three hours on the night of March 30, at a cost of $4,828.85 per hour. Getting up to 51,132 cores required spinning up 6,742 Amazon EC2 instances running CentOS Linux. This virtual supercomputer spanned the globe, tapping data centers in four continents and every available Amazon region, from Tokyo, Singapore, and Sao Paolo, to Ireland, Virginia, Oregon, and California. As impressive as it sounds, such a cluster can be spun up by anyone with the proper expertise, without talking to a single employee of Amazon."

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GNU is Not Unix

+ - 115 tethr: Getting online in a crisis->

Submitted by mspohr
mspohr (589790) writes ""tethr builds products and services that connect people to the world, enabling the collection and distribution of critical data. The tethr Platform supports the open integration of crisis response applications. Ultimately, tethr establishes a robust communications ecosystem, deployable instantaneously, anywhere on Earth."

From the BBC article (http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120413-communicating-in-a-crisis/1)
"What he and his team have come up with is a package of hardware that fits into a case about 6in-long, 4in-wide and 3-in tall (15cmx10cmx7.5cm). It contains the hardware necessary to connect to the net via satellite modem, wi-fi, 3G, ethernet and even dial-up. It also comes with OpenBTS, an open-source GSM messaging box and platform. This prototype runs with a version of the open-source operating system Ubuntu Linux. The software could be tailored to any situation, but right now, Huslage has it loaded up with a database, VOIP software similar to Skype, Ushahidi, and Open Street Map. The user interface, Huslage says, is like a webpage, and is designed to allow the user maximum control over what type of connections to use for certain tasks, and also giving simple instructions on how to, say, point the satellite modem in the right direction."
More information:
http://blog.ushahidi.com/index.php/2012/03/26/untethered-hardware-connectivity-in-a-crisis/
http://newschallenge.tumblr.com/post/19450685278/tethr-evolving-networks
http://gnuradio.org/redmine/projects/gnuradio/wiki/OpenBTS"

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