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+ - Apple Fixes Shellshock in OS X

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Apple has released the OS X Bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion, a patch that fixes the "Shellshock" bug in the Bash shell. Bash, which is the default shell for many Linux-based operating systems, has been updated two times to fix the bug, and many Linux distributions have already issued updates to their users. When installed on an OS X Mavericks system, the patch upgrades the Bash shell from version 3.2.51 to version 3.2.53. The update requires the OS X 10.9.5, 10.8.5, or 10.7.5 updates to be installed on the system first. An Apple representative told Ars Technica that OS X Yosemite, the upcoming version of OS X, will receive the patch later."

Comment: Re:Soon to be patched (Score 1) 316

by jones_supa (#48020249) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found
Blaster (and Mydoom, Sasser, Loveletter, all the classics) is from the era when vulnerabilities actually were a very serious problem with Microsoft software, including Windows, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Internet Information Server. Back then, Linux still did provide significant benefits over that junkpile. But times have changed.

Comment: Re:highly damaging to linux on the server (Score 1) 316

by jones_supa (#48018879) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Except that Windows probably has just as many holes only you dont know about them because they aren't public or because Microsoft has decided not to invest the engineering resources to fix them or because Microsoft has fixed them in a patch but the actual security flaw is still unknown publicly.

Innocent until proven guilty. All I see is that the Microsoft vulnerabilities are no more in the headlines.

You could as well say that Heartbleed and Shellshock are just scraping the surface, and are an indicator that open source might have more dragons lurking.

Comment: Advertise it as a positive thing (Score 2) 157

by jones_supa (#48014091) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

The sales and marketing team didn't like this. Their argument is that competitors use this against us to paint us as producers of buggy software.

The competitors very well might do that. Going with an open development process always means handing the knife to your competitors in some extent. However, in your case, you could counter the effect with your own marketing, by boasting that you are fully committed to openness and are upfront about possible problems, unlike your sleazy competitors who swipe issues under the carpet. If you otherwise make quality software, I'm sure your customers would see value in that.

Comment: Re:Desktop GUI (Score 1) 131

by jones_supa (#48014047) Attached to: Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

Choice is good, for people who want choice. If you don't want choice, feel free to stick to Apple or Windows, both of which are happy to steer you into their corporate locked-in ecosystems.

I still feel more free under Windows and Mac, as there is more software available to allow me to express the things that I want to do with my computer. There is many kinds of freedom, see?

Anyway. One feature which really hurts Linux desktop is the package management. It works really well when you want to install things just from the distro's own walled garden repositories, but it's a real pain in the ass for third parties. Often you have to target a certain distro and even a certain version of it, and very carefully make sure that all the library dependencies and things like that match. It's hard to support something like that. This is also the reason why Valve went with the "steam-runtime" library pack, to at least try to provide some kind of predictable platform.

Comment: Re:Desktop GUI (Score 1) 131

by jones_supa (#48013583) Attached to: Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

I wish Canonical would concentrate on making a linux for the destkop with usable UI. Every move they make towards tablets, touch pc's and phones makes Ubuntu worse for desktop users. Which are also the people contributing most to Ubuntu.

I do not see anything terribly wrong with the user experience of Unity. It is quite close to a typical Windows or Mac desktop and not a "mobile UI" like a lot of people claim.

Comment: Complexity (Score 2, Informative) 96

In the virtual, 12-session "Learning to Program" course, students will discover that "technical complexity in application development tools is a myth and that everyone can do it," the statement added.

Well, I guess that avoids scaring the beginners away. But really, modern programming is often about managing hugely complex codebases with hundreds of thousands of lines of code. It's not the end of the world, and all that can be managed, but beyond writing some just-add-water toy apps, the technical complexity certainly is there.

+ - Billionaire Agarwal Gets Inspired By Gates' Philantrophy->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Anil Agarwal, the billionaire founder of Vedanta Resources Plc, said he and his family decided to donate 75 percent of their wealth to charity after meeting Bill Gates. Agarwal said Gates and his wife, Melinda, discussed their philanthropic causes with him in Seattle last summer. "What we earn must be returned for the greater good of society," the 62-year-old said at an event yesterday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vedanta's (VED) listing on the London Stock Exchange. "Life is not only about wealth." Agarwal has a fortune of $3.3 billion that includes an almost 70 percent stake in his company."
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