Tag Archives: FLOSS

OOPS! Sometimes Even Linus Gets It Wrong!

“Today, October 20, 2016, Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced three new maintenance updates for the Linux 4.8, 4.7, and 4.4 LTS kernel series, patching a major security vulnerability. Known as “Dirty COW,” the Linux kernel vulnerability documented at CVE-2016-5195 is, … Continue reading

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Chuckle. Trump’s Tweets Are Another Shot To His Feet

“A new tool, Troll Trump, lets supporters sign up to automatically donate 50 cents, $1, $3, $5, $10 or other amounts every time the Republican presidential nominee tweets. (Given his past habits on the platform, that could turn out to … Continue reading

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Some Dirt Is Better Than Others

“this latest ruling, from the very court that upended things nearly two decades ago in declaring software much more broadly patentable than anyone believed, may now be the nail in the coffin on software patents in the US. The headline, … Continue reading

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Open Standards And FLOSS Go Together

“in the 66 courts across Slovenia, the 4400 staff use Apache OpenOffice. It is well-integrated in the court’s case management system, allowing automatic document generation by combining a template repository with case data. The courts also use the Mozilla Thunderbird … Continue reading

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My Experiences Converting Users To GNU/Linux

“If you sit a child in front of a Linux computer, they usually just start using it. It’s an amazing thing to watch. Kids are curious by nature and they also have the added advantage of not having any preconceived … Continue reading

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Tactical Routing

“Rather than replacing routers when they literally stopped working, I increasingly needed to act earlier—swapping in new gear because an old router could no longer keep up with increasing Internet speeds available in the area. Famously around the Ars forums, … Continue reading

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Major OOPS With ARMed Devices

“On the ARM architecture, due to the split instruction and data caches, JIT engines have to clear the processor’s instruction cache to ensure that any freshly generated instructions are loaded and run. Mono’s engineers noticed that, when flushing 128-byte blocks from … Continue reading

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M$ Softens Its Heart Against FLOSS

Sam Ramji: 2006 – told M$ that M$ would never be able to compete in the longterm without embracing FLOSS 2006 – started collaboration with FLOSS for interoperability 2007 – killed “Get The FUD” 2009 – GPL contribution to Linux … Continue reading

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Canonical Shaky On Sharing

“Many thanks for the majority of these patches to Sasha Levin, who dug them out of Canonical’s 4.4 kernel tree. I have no idea why they never sent them in for inclusion on their own :(“ See Linux-Kernel Archive: [PATCH 4.4 … Continue reading

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Italian Military Gets FLOSS

“Over the next four years, the LibreDifesa project aims to migrate all of the Italian military’s well over 100,000 desktops PCs to LibreOffice. This would make it the largest free software transition involving desktop PCs by a European public administration. … Continue reading

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Bundling Redux

“The sale of a computer equipped with pre-installed software isn’t an unfair commercial practice because most customers prefer to buy a laptop they can use straight away, Europe’s top court has ruled in a victory for Sony. “Failure to indicate the … Continue reading

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Yes, Adobe, GNU/Linux Will Not Go Away

“Linux users have access to both NPAPI and PPAPI versions of Flash Player. However, for the last four years, the NPAPI version has been held at 11.2 and regularly updated with only security fixes while the PPAPI version (used in … Continue reading

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