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+ - openSUSE 12.2 is out!->

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jospoortvliet
jospoortvliet writes "Two months of extra stabilization work have resulted into a stellar release, chock-full of goodies, yet stable as you all like it.

The latest release of the world's most powerful and flexible Linux Distribution brings you speed-ups across the board with a faster storage layer in Linux 3.4 and accelerated functions in glibc and Qt, giving a more fluid and responsive desktop. The infrastructure below openSUSE has evolved, bringing in newly matured technologies like GRUB2 and Plymouth and the first steps in the direction of a revised and simplified UNIX file system hierarchy. Users will also notice the added polish to existing features bringing an improved user experience all over. The novel Btrfs file system comes with improved error handling and recovery tools. KDE has improve its stability, GNOME 3.4, developing rapidly, brings smooth scrolling to all applications and features a reworked System Settings and Contacts manager while XFCE has an enhanced application finder.

Download openSUSE 12.2 from any of our mirrors."

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China

+ - Chinese Phone Maker Claims To Have Patented iPhone 5 Design->

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judgecorp
judgecorp writes "Too amusing to resist, a story is circulating that Chinese company Goophone is threatening to sue Apple because it has patented the iPhone 5 design in China. The Goophone i5 is due out shortly after Apple's iPhone 5, and looks very like the leaked images of Apple's forthcoming phone, though inside it's a Google Android phone. GizChina has a video of the"
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Crime

+ - FBI Denies It Held UDIDs Stolen By AntiSec->

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judgecorp
judgecorp writes "The FBI has denied the UDID codes released yesterday came from an agent's laptop, as claimed by the AntiSec hacker group. The FBI says it does not hold such data, and the attack never happened. However, the agent named by AntiSec is real, and some of the published UDID codes have been found to be genuine. So where did they come from?"
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Censorship

+ - YouTube Flags Democrats' Convention Video on Copyright Grounds->

Submitted by thomst
thomst (1640045) writes "Ryan Singel of Wired's Threat Level blog reports that the livestream of Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention was blocked by Youtube after a bogus claim of copyright infringement was lodged — almost undoubtedly by Youtube's own copyright bot, acting pre-emptively on behalf of its big-media advertising clients."
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Privacy

+ - Face-scanning cameras could pick out drunks->

Submitted by cylonlover
cylonlover (1921924) writes "People who are inebriated in public places (such as airliners or malls) can definitely create problems. Sometimes, though, it’s difficult to tell if someone really is under the influence. Instead of making every “jolly”-looking person take a breathalyzer test, Greek researchers are suggesting something less intrusive – video software that can spot drunks by analyzing their faces. First, it measures pixel values at specific points on the face. These points are some of the locations at which blood vessels beneath the skin dilate when alcohol has been consumed. Second, it utilizes thermal imaging technology to gauge the temperature of an individual’s nose and forehead. When people are inebriated, apparently, their noses get warm while their foreheads remain relatively cool. The researchers believe that by combining the two approaches, the software could be used to reliably identify intoxicated people in public spaces."
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Patents

+ - General mobilisation against the return of software patents in Europe->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The recent patent wars in the United States, such as Apple against
Samsung underline the threat posed by software patents: by letting
companies monopolize ideas, US lawmakers allow a few monopolistic
players to control the whole market.

The European Parliament rejected patents on software in 2005. Despite
this, the European Patent Office (EPO) has been trying for years to
legalize software patents, even though they represent a grave threat
to the software industry, free and proprietary software companies
alike.

In the next few days, the legal affairs (JURI) Committee of the
European Parliament will discuss on the next actions regarding the
project for a unitary patent. Behind what looks like a technical text
lies a crucial issue: who decides on what is patentable and what is
not.

April, the main main French advocacy association devoted to promote
and protect Free Software, calls for a general mobilisation to contact
all MEPs, so that the European Parliament finally tackles the issue of
the software patentability.

April has put into place a few campaigning tools to inform and to
raise MEPs' awareness. Everything is available on
http://call.unitary-patent.eu./"

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NASA

+ - 35 years later, Voyager 1 is heading for the stars->

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DevotedSkeptic
DevotedSkeptic writes "Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars.

Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will bid adieu to the solar system and enter a new realm of space — the first time a manmade object will have escaped to the other side.

Perhaps no one on Earth will relish the moment more than 76-year-old Ed Stone, who has toiled on the project from the start.

"We're anxious to get outside and find what's out there," he said.

When NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 first rocketed out of Earth's grip in 1977, no one knew how long they would live. Now, they are the longest-operating spacecraft in history and the most distant, at billions of miles from Earth but in different directions.

Wednesday marks the 35th anniversary of Voyager 1's launch to Jupiter and Saturn. It is now flitting around the fringes of the solar system, which is enveloped in a giant plasma bubble. This hot and turbulent area is created by a stream of charged particles from the sun.

Outside the bubble is a new frontier in the Milky Way — the space between stars. Once it plows through, scientists expect a calmer environment by comparison.

When that would happen is anyone's guess. Voyager 1 is in uncharted celestial territory. One thing is clear: The boundary that separates the solar system and interstellar space is near, but it could take days, months or years to cross that milestone.

Voyager 1 is currently more than 11 billion miles from the sun. Twin Voyager 2, which celebrated its launch anniversary two weeks ago, trails behind at 9 billion miles from the sun."

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Comment: Re:GPL 3 does not prevent commercial use. (Score 1) 1075

by jospoortvliet (#35624880) Attached to: Apple Remove Samba From OS X 10.7 Because of GPLv3
Sure. But there is also this thing called real life, where you need patents to at least defend yourself against others - see what now happens in the mobile world with anyone who uses Android and doesn't have a strong set of patents - google can't protect you with the meager 50 patents they have so you get sued. the GLPv3 should be clarified or its use should not be forced - why not fork those projects using it, if companies can't ship it? I know little about licenses nor do I care much nor do I WANT to know more. It is just annoying to read that a company who was contributing to FOSS out of PRAGMATIC reasons is now quitting - that sucks. We need MORE of those Apples, not less. Big Meh. And if the GPLv3 is too blame, well, I just might start to think it is not a good license...
SuSE

+ - Quick Look: openSUSE 11.4->

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JimLynch
JimLynch writes "I last looked at openSUSE on Desktop Linux Reviews when it hit version 11.3. This update takes openSUSE up to version 11.4 so I opted to do a quick look instead of a full review on DLR.

openSUSE comes with a number of different desktop environments. For this quick look I went with the KDE version, but a GNOME version is also available on the openSUSE downloads page. You can also roll your own via the SUSE Studio site.

What’s New
Here’s a sample of what’s new in this release:

Kernel 2.6.37
Enhanced boot process
Faster repository
KDE Plasma Desktop 4.6
Firefox 4.0
LibreOffice 3.3.1"

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Linux

+ - openSUSE 11.4 Released-> 2

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MasterPatricko
MasterPatricko writes "The openSUSE community is pleased to announce the 11.4 release of the distribution. "We are proud to announce the launch of 11.4 in the openSUSE tradition of delivering the latest technology while maintaining stability. The 11.4 release brings significant improvements along with the latest in Free Software applications. Combined with the appearance of new tools, projects and services around the release, 11.4 marks a showcase of growth and vitality for the openSUSE Project!"

This release is available now (direct download and bittorrent) as installable DVD or KDE/Gnome LiveCD images, as well as being installable over a network or as a live upgrade from a previous openSUSE release. Highlights include Linux kernel 2.6.37, improved package management, KDE SC 4.6.0, Gnome 2.32 with a preview of Gnome 3, Firefox 4.0, LibreOffice 3.3.1, and the debut of a rolling release project called Tumbleweed. 11.4 images are also already available for customization on SUSEstudio, and you can build your own packages for 11.4 and other GNU/Linux distros on the openSUSE Build Service."

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Australia

+ - Aus Government releases a linux version of its AUS->

Submitted by zort
zort (37229) writes ""The Federal Government has released a new version of its AUSkey authentication software that promises to support Linux software packages for the first time."

"The ATO previously deemed Linux too "cost-prohibitive" to support, with deputy commissioner Bettina Konti estimating Linux users to comprise only one percent of Australian business users."

"But it has now announced that the AUSkey registration, download and installation process had been successfully tested with Ubuntu 10.04 and Firefox 3.6, and may also work with other versions of the software."

This is a great step forward, for linux users and businesses in interacting with the governments online servers. The Australian Tax Office being probably the most important."

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