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Submission + - Affordable 3D metal printer developed, opensourced (

hypnosec writes: Researchers have developed and opensourced a low-cost 3D metal printer capable of printing metal tools and objects with cost under £1,000. A team of researchers led by Associate Professor Joshua Pearce at the Michigan Technological University developed the firmware and the plans for the printer and have made it available freely to anyone interested in taking this further. Built with cost of just £913, the open source 3D printer is definitely a huge leap forward as the starting price of commercial counterparts is £300,000. Pearce claimed that their technology will not only allow smaller companies and start-ups to build inexpensive prototypes, but it will allow other scientists and researchers to build tools and objects required for their research without requiring to shell out thousands. The associate professor also claimed that using the technology, countries can use it to print components and parts for machines such as windmills.

Submission + - Torvalds mulls 22 years of Linux celebration as he releases Linux 3.11-rc6 (

hypnosec writes: Linus Torvalds announced released the Linux 3.11-rc6 yesterday and noted that he is happy because the size of the release candidates are shrinking. Some of the fixes present in rc6 are meant for network drivers, usb, sound, and filesystems. It also brings with it x86, ARM and a few small m68k updates. Beyond the usual rc release updates, Torvalds dwells into specifics of the number of commits as well as the size of files that hold those commits. August 25, 2013 will mark the completion of 22 years since Torvalds first announced his “free” operating system through a mailer on comp.os.minix with a subject “What would you like to see most in minix?” Remembering this Torvalds ended the release announcement saying that he will be releasing more interesting statistics next week when he releases Linux 3.11-rc7 “because that should coincide with the 22nd anniversary of the original Linux announcement on comp.os.minix.”

Submission + - Linux 3.10 officially released (

hypnosec writes: Linux 3.10 kernel has been officially released on Sunday evening which makes the 3.10-rc7 the last release candidate of the latest kernel which yields the biggest changes in years. Linus Torvalds was thinking of releasing another rc but, went against the idea and went ahead with official Linux 3.10 commit as anticipated last week. Torvalds notes in the announcement that releases since Linux 3.9 haven’t been prone to problems and 3.10 is no different. However, he added that this release could have gone either but, there was no specific reason for another rc and break the normal pattern of "rc7 is the last rc before the release."

Submission + - Citrix XenServer open sourced (

hypnosec writes: Citrix has released XenServer 6.2 and with that has open sourced its product and made it available through a new website – XenServer, which has been a mixture of proprietary tools from Citrix and open source components, comprises of Xen hypervisor running on a modified version of the CentOS Linux alongside specialized user tools. Citrix describes its latest move as a step to fend off the "confusion created amongst developers and users" of the product.

Submission + - Adobe CFF Rasterizer Open Sourced for FreeType ( 1

hypnosec writes: Adobe, in co-operation with Google and the FreeType project, has open-sourced its advanced CFF (Compact Font Format) rasterizer and released it for beta test. Adobe’s CFF engine is an advanced rasterizer for the Compact Font Format as it produces quality text display that is "more faithful to the typeface design" ideal for small sized displays being used by over a billion devices.

Submission + - OpenWRT 12.09 Released; Drops Support for Linux 2.4, Low Memory Devices (

hypnosec writes: The team behind Linux distribution of routers has released the final version of the OS – the OpenWRT 12.09 codenamed Attitude Adjustment. The final version doesn’t support Linux 2.4 because of which the distribution wouldn’t run on old router models, for example the Linksys WRT54G models, which have 16MB of RAM and CPUs clocked at 200MHz. The distribution is now based on Linux 3.3 and there is good news for the Raspberry Pi fans as the distribution now supports the credit card sized computer along with Ramips routers.

Submission + - Fedora 19 Alpha Released (

hypnosec writes: Following delays due to UEFI, the alpha version of Fedora 19 ‘Schrödinger's Cat’ has been released. The alpha version brings with it all the features of Fedora 19 including the updated desktop options – GNOME 3.8, KDE Plasma 4.10 and MATE 1.6. Some of the new features included in Alpha release are Developer's Assistant – a tool that would allow developers to code easily with ready templates, samples and more; OpenShift Origin – using which users will be able to deploy their own Platform-as-a-Service infrastructure; Ruby 2.0.0; Scratch; Syslinux – provides for simplified booting of Fedora; systemd Resource Control – which allows for modification of service settings without requiring a reboot; and Checkpoint & Restore.

Submission + - Open Source Radeon Gallium3D OpenCL Stack Now Supports Bitcoin Mining (

hypnosec writes: The open-source Radeon Gallium3D OpenCL stack has been modified such that it now supports Bitcoin mining through the use of mining application 'bfgminer'. To mine Bitcoins using the open source GPU driver, one would be required to use Tom Stellard’s non-stock branches of Mesa, LLVM and libclc OpenCL library. Further bfgminer would require patching as well. Once the patches are applied and modified code of the stack is used, users will be able to mine Bitcoins using the Radeon HD 5000 and Radeon HD 6000 graphics cards; however the cards have to be pre-HD6900 Cayman in case of the HD 6000 series.

Submission + - Mozilla Introduces Experimental Open Payment System for Firefox OS (

hypnosec writes: Mozilla has developed an open payment service API to support app purchases in Firefox OS and has released a draft version allowing app developers to process payments. Pointing out the drawbacks of the different models for payments on the web that are currently available, Mozilla has revealed that it is looking to introduce a common web API that would make payments through web devices easier and secure while being flexible and retaining today’s checkout button features that is available for merchants. Partly based on Google Wallet, Mozilla’s WebPayment API will remain open to ensure that it is used by a wide range of payment service providers. As a first step towards this Mozilla has introduced the navigator.mozPay function allowing web apps to accept payments.

Submission + - Mozilla Celebrating '15 Years of a Better Web' (

hypnosec writes: Mozilla is celebrating its 15th anniversary this week by commemorating it as ‘15 years of a better web’. As a part of the celebrations, Mozilla is asking users for help in commemorating the event and suggesting them the different ways in which they can contribute to the ongoing Mozilla projects. It is also asking users to tell their story of what the open source browser and Mozilla as an open source entity means to them.
Open Source

Submission + - PostgreSQL Repositories Locked Down as Security Vulnerability Gets Fixed (

hypnosec writes: PostgreSQL database has a ‘sufficiently bad’ security vulnerability because of which its developers have announced that they have locked down access to database’s repositories while they are fixing the issue. Developers have also revealed that the lock down is only temporary and during this phase committers will have access to the repositories. The reason for the lockdown is to ensure that malicious users don’t work out an exploit by monitoring the changes to the source code while it is being implemented to fix the flaw. The lockdown is definitely an exceptional one and the core committee has announced that they "apologize in advance for any disruption" adding that "It seems necessary in this instance, however".
Open Source

Submission + - XBMC Gets Ported to Wayland (

hypnosec writes: The XBMC media player now supports the Wayland Compositor Infrastructure, the proof-of-concept for which has been released just a few days back. Sam Spilsbury stated that he had been working on the port since a few days and that the PoC code of XBMC port on Wayland is ready. Getting the port to work Spilsbury went about making changes to the XBMC code as well as the SDL library but, there are a few bugs that need to be resolved. For those who want to get their hands dirty you may find the necessary code here and here.
Open Source

Submission + - Windows Version of Hadoop Enters Beta (

hypnosec writes: Efforts of Hortonworks and Microsoft have finally paid off as the beta version of open source big data platform Hadoop distribution is finally ready for Windows. The Windows port has been in the works for over 18 months and is packed with software programs such as HDFS, MapReduce, Hive, Pig among others. Hortonworks is going to keep the Windows HDP open source like its Linux counterpart. As it stands the beta version of HDP will not have all the features as that of the version available on Linux but, it will contain all the core components needed to run Hadoop. The enterprise version of the distribution will be ready within months to come.
Open Source

Submission + - Torvalds Releases Linux 3.8 Kernel ( 2

hypnosec writes: Linus Torvalds has released the Linux 3.8 kernel on Monday afternoon marking it as a special "Presidents' Day Release. Linus released the Linux 3.8-rc6 at the start of the month and had warned developers against sending in large number commits that are bulky. Developers seem to have taken the warning seriously as announcing the release through a mailing list, Linus revealed the new kernel and noted that the last week was quite calm when it came to commits because they were less in numbers and smaller in size.
Open Source

Submission + - Fedora 19 Releasing on June 25, Fedora 16 Reaches EOL (

An anonymous reader writes: Fedora developers have announced the release date for the upcoming Fedora 19 – it’s June 25. Up until a few days back the developers had refrained from declaring a specific date for release and were indicating a summer release,probably May, for the Fedora 18 successor. With June 25 as the release date, developers would have some breathing space following the Fedora 18 delays. Developers have been discussing the feature set of Fedora 19 lately and it has already been decided that MariaDB will be replacing MySQL in the latest version of the operating system. Further Policy Kit will solely be responsible for privilege escalation in several use cases as a result of this change, usermode / consolehelper, which used to handle such tasks, will be retired. Fedora 16 has officially reached its end of life at the start of this week. Rather than the usual 13 months period, Fedora 16 was maintained for 16 months.

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