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Distribution Release: Zorin OS 9 "Lite", "Educational Lite"

Artyom Zorin has announced the release of two new editions of the Ubuntu-based Zorin OS 9 distribution, the i386-only "Lite" and "Educational Lite" variants: "We are pleased to announce the release of Zorin OS 9 Lite and Educational Lite. These releases are the latest evolutions of the Zorin....

Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

itwbennett writes: The first large-scale analysis of firmware has revealed poor security practices that could present opportunities for hackers probing the Internet of Things. Researchers with Eurecom, a technology-focused graduate school in France, developed a web crawler that plucked more than 30,000 firmware images from the websites of manufacturers including Siemens, Xerox, Bosch, Philips, D-Link, Samsung, LG and Belkin. In one instance, the researchers found a Linux kernel that was 10 years out of date bundled in a recently released firmware image. They also uncovered 41 digital certificates in firmware that were self-signed and contained a private RSA encryption key and 326 instances of terms that could indicate the presence of a backdoor. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Development Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Beta

Red Hat has announced the availability of the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.6, the latest update of the product's legacy branch: "We are pleased to announce the beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6, the latest version of our Red Hat Enterprise Linux....

Distribution Release: Univention Corporate Server 3.2-3

Nico Gulden has announced the release of an updated build of Univention Corporate Server 3.2, a Debian-based server distribution with a web-based server management system: "We are pleased to announce the availability of UCS 3.2-3, the third point release of Univention Corporate Server (UCS). It includes all errata....

Development Release: elementary OS 0.3 Beta 1

Daniel Foré has announced the availability of the initial beta release of elementary OS 0.3, the upcoming new release from a project that attempts to "beautify" the latest version of Ubuntu and to provide an improved desktop experience: "It has been exactly one year since the release of....

Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

jjoelc (1589361) writes One year after their last release "Luna", Elementary OS (a Linux distribution with a very heavy emphasis on design and usability which draws a lot of comparisons to Mac OS X) Has released the public beta of their latest version "Freya." Using core components from Ubuntu 14.04, "Freya" sports many improvements including the usual newer kernel, better hardware support and newer libraries.Other updates include a GSignon-based online accounts system, improved searches, Grub-free uEFI booting, GTK+ 3.12, an updated theme, and much more. This being a beta, the usual warnings apply, but I would also point out that the Elementary OS Team also has over $5,000 worth of bugs still available on Bountysource which can be a great way to contribute to the project and make a little dough while you are at it. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 571

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: HandyLinux 1.6 - a handy distribution to have News: Ubuntu seeks documentation writers, FreeBSD releases updated package manager, Mint's Debian edition to be based on Debian "Stable", Debian re-opens default desktop discussion, EFF recommends new password manager Questions and answers: Running out....

Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

Ars Technica takes a look at the next generation of TrackingPoint's automatically aimed rifles (not "automatic" in the usual sense), and visited the shooting range where they're tested out. Like the company's previous generation of gun (still in production, and increasingly being sold to government buyers), TrackingPoint's offerings integrate a Linux computer that makes acquiring and tracking a target far easier and more accurate than it would otherwise be. Unlike the older models, though, this year TrackingPoint is concentrating on AR-15s, rather than longer, heavier bolt-action rifles. A slice: The signature "Tag-Track-Xact" system has gained additional functionality on the AR models, too. With the bolt-action guns, there was only one way to put a round onto a target: first, you sighted in on the thing you wanted to hit and depressed the red tagging button just above the trigger. A red pip would appear in the scope’s crosshairs, and you’d place the pip onto the target and release the button. The scope’s rangefinding laser would then illuminate the target to measure its distance, and the image processor would fix on the object; if you moved, or if the target moved, the red pip would remain atop the target. Then, to fire, you squeezed the trigger and lined the crosshairs up with the target’s pip. When the two coincided, the weapon fired. This method works fine for a bolt-action rifle where every round has to be manually chambered, but it’s less than ideal for a carbine, which one might want to fire off-hand (i.e., standing up and aiming) or from the hip. With this in mind, the AR PGFs have a new "free fire mode," in which you can tag a target once and then shoot at it as many times as you want by pulling the trigger directly, with all the shots using the ballistic data from the first shot’s tag. That means, says writer Lee Hutchinson, a rifle "with essentially 100 percent accuracy at 250 yards." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

FreeGameDev.net Outage (Fixed)

**Update 2014-08-12 22:17**It seems all is back to normal! Thanks 123-reg for sorting out it quickly although nobody emailed me or updated the support ticket, but stellar support nonetheless.If you want a domain name host, then I can happily recommend 123-reg after this experience. **Update 2014-08-12 11:14**I've been in touch with 123-reg and was told the following:This domain has entered in a renewal phase at the registry, it will be completed on the 15-Aug-2014, during this phase you cannot make any DNS changes.I asked if it would return to as-was once this is phase is completed and if they could do anything to speed it up, response:Yes, they will return to the original ones, we have encountered these situations before and we can speed up the renewal process. I will need to escalate this chat to a support ticket to have my colleagues assist you further, is that ok?So it is being escalated. I'll keep this post updated.**Original Post**I'm not sure (as I've not heard from anybody, really) of the exact extent of the freegamedev.net outage (especially the forums which projects/people depend upon) but it is currently down for me and others if isup.me is to be believed.I forgot to renew the domain. I would cite lots of excuses but I don't have any!Don't panic! It is now renewed, but perhaps because I renewed it after it expired (on the 9th - I noticed the forums down this morning which is the 10th) it seems I don't have access to the admin tools and it hasn't recovered yet. They have taken my money though so I expect normal service to resume soon and my provider (123-reg) says the 16th at the latest.To everybody that this impacts, I am sorry. It'll be back soon. Also, it should auto-renew next year. - CharlieThis post was retrieved from freegamer.blogspot.com.

Distribution Release: DEFT Linux 8.2

Stefano Fratepietro has announced the release of DEFT Linux 8.2, an updated build of the project's Lubuntu-based distribution featuring a collection of open-source utilities for digital forensics and penetration testing: "Hello, it's hot here in Italy as well as in other countries, and a lot of people are....

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