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+ - School district goes "all in" on Open Source with 3500 Linux laptops->

Submitted by lerchie
lerchie (3858459) writes "Charlie Reisinger, IT director of the Penn Manor School District in Pennsylvania discusses how they converted to Open Source software on both the desktop level and at an infrastructure level. The schools also give the students the freedom to tinker with the Linux laptops they are assigned, with each student having root access to their machines."
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+ - Linux Foundation Announces Major Network Functions Virtualization Project->

Submitted by Andy Updegrove
Andy Updegrove (956488) writes "The Linux Foundation this morning announced the latest addition to its family of major hosted open source initiatives: the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), Its mission is to develop and maintain a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform for the telecom industry. Importantly, the thirty-eight founding members include not only cloud and service infrastructure vendors, but telecom service providers, developers and end users as well. The announcement of OPNFV highlights three of the most significant trends in IT: virtualization (the NFV part of the name refers to network function virtualization), moving software and services to the Cloud, and collaboratively developing complex open source platforms in order to accelerate deployment of new business models while enabling interoperability across a wide range of products and services. The project is also significant for reflecting a growing recognition that open source projects need to incorporate open standards planning into their work programs from the beginning, rather than as an afterthought."
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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) 317

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) 317

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.

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