Parted Magic 2013_01_29 Has Linux Kernel 3.7.5

Parted Magic, an operating system which employs core programs of GParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease, while featuring other useful software, is now at version 2013_01_29.

Highlights of Parted Magic 2013_01_29:

• Linux kernel has been updated to version 3.7.5;
• Lots of packages have been recompiled to add the Spanish locales. The syslinux menu has also been updated with Spanish language entries. Spanish is now very well supported …

Various voxel engine ramblings

I have outed myself previously as not a big Minecraft fan, so take everything in this post with a grain of salt (as I obviously don’t really understand that genre).Anyways… recently this sub-reddit for open-source games was pointed out in our forums,…

Google Pushes “Project PIANO” Into Coreboot

Project PIANO was merged today into the Coreboot code-base, which is for mainline TianoCore boot support…

OpenStack Glance Exploit Repaired in Ubuntu 12.10

On January 29, Canonical published in a security notice details about an OpenStack Nova vulnerability for its Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 11.10 operating systems.

According to Canonical, Glance could have been made to expose sensitive information over the network.

An issue in Glance error reporting was discovered. An authenticated attacker could exploit this to expose the Glance operator’s Swift credentials for a misconfigured or otherwise unusable Swif…

Half-Life and Counter-Strike 1.6 Updated on Steam for Linux

After launching the original Half-Life and Counter-Strike on Steam for Linux, Valve has started now to push updates for the two games.

Both games are pretty stable, especially after so many updates over the years, but it seems that the version for the Linux platform will need some further improvements.

Here are some highlights for the latest Half-Life update (it also applies to Counter-Strike):

• The game icon was not showing in window title bar and/…

Reports Emerge About Samsung Notebooks Bricking Through UEFI Linux Boots

Ever since Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS arrived, many Linux users have been asking which distribution they can download and install that will just work out of the box on their new certified Windows 8 machines. That’s been a difficult question to answer, thanks to the whole UEFI Secure Boot BIOS implementation found in Windows 8 […]

Linux Bricks Some UEFI Samsung Laptops

Generating a fair amount of attention today is word that when booting modern versions of Ubuntu — and other Linux distributions — on Samsung laptops that utilize UEFI, Linux can actually brick the system. There’s now an urgent Linux kernel patch unde…

SparkyLinux 2.1 Distro Ditches Fluxbox and Adopts Openbox

SparkyLinux, a lightweight, fast and simple Linux distribution designed for both old and new computers featuring customized Enlightenment and LXDE desktops, is now at version 2.1. SparkyLinux 2.1 “Eris” Ultra Edition was built on Debian testing branch “Wheezy” and synchronized with Debian testing repositories of 23/01/2013. Highlights of SparkyLinux 2.1: • Fluxbox has been ditched and Openbox has been implemented; •…

Libvirt Exploits Fixed in Ubuntu OSes

On January 29, in a security notice Canonical published details about Libvirt vulnerabilities for its Ubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems. According to Canonical, Libvirt could have been made to crash or to run programs, if it received specially crafted network traffic. It was discovered that libvirt incorrectly handled certain RPC calls. A remote attacker could exploit this and cause libvirt to crash, resulting in a denial of service. For…

Open-Source AMD Graphics Driver 7.1.0 Released

The xf86-video-ati 7.1.0 graphics driver was released today as stable with several changes…

Encrypt Your Data With EncFS (Fedora 18)

Encrypt Your Data With EncFS (Fedora 18)

provides an encrypted filesystem in user-space. It runs without any
special permissions and uses the FUSE library and Linux kernel module to
provide the filesystem interface. It is a pass-through fil…

LibreOffice 3.6.5 Is Officially Available for Download

The Document Foundation has announced that the second Release Candidate version for LibreOffice 3.6.5 is now available for the Linux platform, bringing a lot of bug fixes and improvements. Highlights of LibreOffice 3.6.5: • The export track no longer changes data after w:hyperlink in DOCX; • The line style toolbar dropdown list is now updated; • A regression which occurred when zooming with the cursor not visible has been fixed; •…

Samba 4.0.2 Security Release Officially Announced

Samba, an app that seamlessly integrates Linux/Unix servers and desktops into Active Directory environments using the winbind daemon, is now at version 4.0.2.

The first maintenance release is in the 4.x branch and contains all of Samba’s technology parts, both a file server, which can be upgraded from existing Samba 3.x releases, and the AD domain controller previously known as “samba4.”

According to the developers, all current released versions of Samba a…

Development: Re: Mail OUTAGE: 29 Jan, 21.00 – 23.00 GMT+1

All the services should be up and running again. The migration took a bit
more than we expected cause of a failing script.

Thanks for your patience and understanding,


2013/1/28 Andrea Veri <av-rDKQcyrBJuzYtjvyW6yDsg< at >public.gman…

Network Protocol Analyzer Wireshark 1.8.5 Fixes Infinite Loops Issues

Wireshark, one of the foremost network protocol analyzers offering users the means to capture and interactively browse the traffic running on a computer network, is now at version 1.8.5.

The current version of Wireshark, 1.8.5, supersedes all previous releases, including all releases of Ethereal.

Highlights of Wireshark 1.8.5:

• Infinite and large loops have been fixed in the Bluetooth HCI, CSN.1, DCP-ETSI DOCSIS CM-STAUS, IEEE 802.3 Slow Protocols, …

GNOME: 25 Women in 10 Free Software Organizations for GNOME’s Outreach Program for Women

25 women have been accepted to participate in the GNOME-led Outreach Program for Women for January 2 to April 2 remote internships with Deltacloud, Fedora, GNOME, JBoss, Mozilla, Open Technology Institute, OpenITP, OpenStack, Subversion, and Wikimedia. The internships are generously sponsored by the participating organizations, as well as Red Hat, Google, Rackspace, and Elego.

GNOME, which until the Summer of 2012 ran the program without other organizations, is benefiting from the program in measurable ways. 17% of GUADEC 2012 attendees were women (41 woman), compared to only 4% (6 women) among attendees affiliated with GNOME three years earlier at the Desktop Summit 2009. In a recent survey of Free Software newcomers to 12 organizations, 50% of GNOME respondents were women whereas only 6% of the respondents from other organizations were women (with 15% being the next highest concentration). Moreover, GNOME had 22 female respondents, which was a greater number than the 20 female respondents from all of the other organizations combined.

Interns from the most recent completed round of the Outreach Program for Women added to the long list of accomplishments of the 47 women who took part in the program since December 2010.

The dramatic increase in participation of women in GNOME and our experience with the Outreach Program for Women show that there are many women interested in contributing to Free Software and that reaching out to them with targeted opportunities is an effective way to help them get involved. We anticipate the expansion of the program will create a big shift in the demographic of Free Software contributors.

The collaborative application process, during which the applicants are asked to work on a small contribution to the project they are applying to work on with the help from the mentors, has been a cornerstone of the program since its first round. All accepted participants successfully completed the required contribution and showed that they have both passion and skills to work on their chosen projects. Coordinators and mentors from all participating organizations have done a tremendous job in helping scale the program and welcoming all applicants into their communities.

Red Hat is sponsoring seven internships – three for Fedora and one each for Deltacloud, GNOME, JBoss, and OpenStack. “GNOME’s Outreach Program for Women has already been effective at increasing participation of women in Free Software, and it’s exciting to see it expand to more communities that Red Hat contributes to,” said Brian Stevens, CTO and Vice President of Worldwide Engineering at Red Hat. “Red Hat is proud to provide sponsorship, coordination and engineering mentors for this transformative effort.”

The Wikimedia Foundation was a popular organization this round. For its applicants, it defined an open and participatory application process, in which applicants added their information to a common wiki page and members of the community provided endorsements and feedback on the wiki pages for individual applicants. “We’re delighted to participate in GNOME’s Outreach Program for Women,” said Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. “The whole point of Wikipedia is that everyone can contribute, and for it to reach its full potential requires participation from everybody, including women. The GNOME outreach program has proven to be a practical solution for engaging women — one that really works.”

Google continues to be a dedicated sponsor of the program, providing general funds for internships beyond the ones individual organizations were able to sponsor. “It is incredibly exciting to watch GNOME’s Outreach Program for Women expand so quickly and so well,” said Cat Allman, Program Manager at the Open Source Programs Office at Google. “This new involvement by other projects and organizations is a tribute to the skill and dedication of the GNOME team that created the program, particularly Marina Zhurakhinskaya and Karen Sandler, who organize it.”

The participants are asked to blog about their work at least once every two weeks during the internships. Their blogs are linked to on the program page and are aggregated on the Women in Free Software planet, in addition to being aggregated on the planets of their respective organizations.

The GNOME Foundation invites Free Software organizations and companies that support Free Software to join the next round which will take place from June to August, and have an application deadline in April. Please let Marina Zhurakhinskaya and Karen Sandler know if your organization is interested or if you have any questions by the end of February.

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The GNOME Project was started in 1997 by two then-university students, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero. Their aim: to produce a free (as in freedom) desktop environment. In the 15 years since then, the project has grown into a hugely successful enterprise. Used by millions of people across the world, GNOME is a popular desktop environment for GNU/Linux and UNIX-type operating systems. The desktop has been utilized in successful, large-scale enterprise and public deployments, and the project’s developer technologies are utilized by a large number of popular mobile device manufacturers.

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Fedora To Look At Reviving Apache OpenOffice

Most Linux distributions have switched over to using LibreOffice in recent years for an office productivity suite on the Linux desktop after disturbances resulting in LibreOffice being forked from following Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Mi…

Libvirt 1.0.2 Released, Features Tons of Changes

Libvirt, a collection of software that provides a convenient way to manage virtual machines and other virtualization functionality, such as storage and network interface management, is now at version 1.0.2.

After releasing the 1.0.1 version a little over a month ago, the developers of Libvirt have now launched a new major version, tot…

KVM: Linux Virtualization That’s Halfway There

Are you looking for a reliable virtualization package to run multiple virtual machines that handle unmodified Linux or Windows images? Then look no further than your existing Linux configuration. It already has the underpinnings to support Kernel-based Virtual Machine. You need look no further than your distro’s package repository to install KVM.

CuteReport 0.2 Gets New Storage Module Interface

CuteReport, a free report solutions inspired by eXaro’s project ideas that’s similar to Jasper and Crystal Reports, is now at version 0.2.

CuteReport 0.2 is based on the Qt4 framework and can be easily used with any Qt applications. It consists of two parts, the core library and the template designer.

Highlights of CuteReport 0.2:

• The storage module interface has been refactored;
• A FileSystem storage module has been added to the appli…