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+ - Linux To Receive More Assembly Code Rework

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: Couple of months ago Linux received an extensive x86 assembly refresh to make code easier to understand and maintain. According to some Linux developers, the assembly code of the kernel is still complicated and poorly maintained. Thus, Linux 4.1 will receive another cleanup, in which a lot of assembly code is rewritten in C. The first big batch of x86 asm-to-C conversion patches, as Andy Lutomirski details on LKML, will focus on the exit-to-userspace code. That particular code is currently copied in several places, is written in a nasty combination of asm and C, and is just hard to work with.

+ - Linux 4.1 Kernel Released With EXT4 Encryption, Performance Improvements->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The Linux 4.1 kernel has been announced and its release brings expanded features for the Linux kernel including EXT4 file-system encryption, open-source GeForce GTX 750 support, performance improvements for Intel Atom / Bay Trail hardware, RAID 5/6 improvements, and other additions.
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+ - Open Source Security Projects Get $452,000 From The Linux Foundation

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), a project managed by The Linux Foundation that enables technology companies, industry stakeholders and esteemed developers to collaboratively identify and fund critical open source projects in need of assistance, today announced financial support of nearly $500,000 for three new projects to better support critical security elements of today’s global information infrastructure.

The CII provides funding for key developers to work full-time on open source projects, security audits, computing and test infrastructure, travel, face-to-face meeting coordination and other support. The project is organized by The Linux Foundation and supported by Amazon Web Services, Adobe, Bloomberg, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, NEC, Qualcomm, RackSpace,, and VMware.

+ - Linux containers set for surge, but security concerns remain

Submitted by stephendavion
stephendavion writes: A new survey has revealed that even though deployment of Linux application containers is likely to rise in the next few years, concerns about security and certification remain. The survey found that two-thirds are planning Linux container production roll outs in the next two years. Of those, 83% said they are planning deployments on top of virtual environments. Half of the respondents plan to use container-based applications in cloud deployments, while 56% intend to leverage them as vehicles for web and e-commerce software.

+ - Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge launches news service->

Submitted by lillgud
lillgud writes: Rick Falkvinge, the founder of the first Pirate Party, unveiled a news service to compete against "old media". The storys will be maximum three sentances and distributed as images, thus avoiding ad block. The service is targeted to be operational in Q3 and each writer will be payed in accordance to a revenue sharing model and the calculations points towards each writer targeted to receive €125/month for 12 sentances.
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+ - System76 Unveils the Fastest Ubuntu Laptop on the Planet

Submitted by prisoninmate
prisoninmate writes: System76 unveiled today what it would appear to be the fastest and most powerful Ubuntu laptop on the planet, powered by either the Ubuntu 15.04 or Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS Linux operating systems. Dubbed Serval WS, the laptop has been declared by the renown hardware company a pinnacle of performance, enclosed in an exceptionally high-quality finish, with backlit keyboard, and the fastest mobile GPUs from Nvidia. The laptop is available for pre-order starting June 9 and will be shipped in July.

+ - System76 unveils hardcore Serval WS laptop running Ubuntu Linux->

Submitted by BrianFagioli
BrianFagioli writes: Today, the company announces its newest laptop, called "Serval WS". To call this a mere laptop, however, does not do it justice. It is a hardcore, monstrous beast — a full desktop replacement — ready to shred through anything you throw at it. Yeah, the specs are that good.
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+ - Europe to abolish geo-blocking and other copyright restrictions

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo writes: The European Commission adopted a new Digital Single Market Strategy today, which aims to improve consumer access to digital services and goods. Among other things, Europe vows to end geo-blocking, which it describes as “a discriminatory practice used for commercial reasons”, and lift other unwarranted copyright restrictions. Consumers will have the right to access content they purchased at home in other European countries. “I want to see every consumer getting the best deals and every business accessing the widest market – wherever they are in Europe,” Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says.
GNU is Not Unix

Debian GNU/Hurd 2015 Released 52 52

Posted by Soulskill
from the onward-and-upward dept.
An anonymous reader sends this announcement from the debian-hurd mailing list: It is with huge pleasure that the Debian GNU/Hurd team announces the release of Debian GNU/Hurd 2015. This is a snapshot of Debian "sid" at the time of the stable Debian "jessie" release (April 2015), so it is mostly based on the same sources. It is not an official Debian release, but it is an official Debian GNU/Hurd port release. The installation ISO images can be downloaded from Debian Ports in the usual three Debian flavors: NETINST, CD, or DVD. Besides the friendly Debian installer, a pre-installed disk image is also available there, making it even easier to try Debian GNU/Hurd. The easiest way to run it is inside a VM such as qemu.

+ - KDE Plasma 5.3 Released-> 2 2

Submitted by jrepin
jrepin writes: The KDE community has relesed Plasma 5.3, a major new features release of the popular opensource desktop environment. The latest release brings much enhanced power management, better support for Bluetooth, and improved Plasma widgets. Also available is a technical preview of Plasma Media Center shell. In addition, Plasma 5.3 represents a big step towards support for Wayland windowing system. There are also a few other minor tweaks and over 300 bigfixes.
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+ - Debian 8.0 ("Jessie") Released

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: After almost 2 years of constant development the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 8, which will be supported for the next 5 years thanks to the combined work of the Debian Security team and of the Debian Long Term Support (LTS) team. Debian 8 introduces two new architectures arm64 and ppc64el for POWER machines. systemd is now the default init system. You can easily install audio, midi, graphics, video, using the tasksel interface. This new release of Debian again comes with a lot more software and updates including the desktop environments such as GNOME 3.14, KDE 4.11, Xfce 4.10, Mate, Cinnamon, and LXDE desktops. Linux kernel is upgraded to 3.16 series, Apache 2.4.10, Python 3.4, OpenSSH 6.7p1, PHP 5.6, Perl 5.20, Samba 4.1, MySQL 5.5, MariaDB 10.0 and PostgreSQL 10.0.

You can choose your favourite installation media among Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, CDs and USB sticks. For cloud users Debian 8 also offers pre-built OpenStack images ready to use.

Existing Debian user can to Jessie, reading the official installation guide and the release notes. There is also a quick installation video here which include preview of various desktop environments. You can also support Debian project by donating money or required hardware.

+ - Debian 8 Jessie released->

Submitted by linuxscreenshot
linuxscreenshot writes: After almost 24 months of constant development the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 8 (code name Jessie), which will be supported for the next 5 years thanks to the combined work of the Debian Security team and of the Debian Long Term Support team. Jessie ships with a new default init system, systemd. The systemd suite provides many exciting features such as faster boot times, cgroups for services, and the possibility of isolating part of the services. The sysvinit init system is still available in Jessie. Screenshots and a screencast is available.
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+ - GNU Hurd 0.6 Released->

Submitted by jrepin
jrepin writes: It has been roughly a year and a half since the last release of the GNU Hurd operating system, so it may be of interest to some readers that GNU Hurd 0.6 has been released along with GNU Mach 1.5 (the microkernel that Hurd runs on) and GNU MIG 1.5 (the Mach Interface Generator, which generates code to handle remote procedure calls). New features include procfs and random translators; cleanups and stylistic fixes, some of which came from static analysis; message dispatching improvements; integer hashing performance improvements; a split of the init server into a startup server and an init program based on System V init; and more.
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