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+ - OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released->

Submitted by kthreadd
kthreadd (1558445) writes "The OpenSSL project has released its second feature release of the OpenSSL 1.0 series, version 1.0.2 which is ABI compatible with the 1.0.0 and 1.0.1 series. Major new features in this release include Suite B support for TLS 1.2 and DTLS 1.2 and support for DTLS 1.2. selection. Other major changes include TLS automatic EC curve selection, an API to set TLS supported signature algorithms and curves, the SSL_CONF configuration API, support for TLS Brainpool, support for ALPN and support for CMS support for RSA-PSS, RSA-OAEP, ECDH and X9.42 DH."
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+ - Tangerine Dream Founder Edgar Froese Dead at 70->

Submitted by frost_knight
frost_knight (885804) writes "Edgar Froese, founding member and keyboardist of the long-running band Tangerine Dream and an electronic music pioneer, passed away after suffering a pulmonary embolism on January 20th. Froese was 70. He played a pivotal role in the development of krautrock, new age, and electronic dance music."
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Comment: Re:Breaking news (Score 2) 120

by kthreadd (#48893027) Attached to: Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

A developer fixes a bug, and writes a comment on github.

Technically he was @-mentioned (or whatever it's called nowdays), got a notification from the GitHub thread in his email and responded to it from his email. He did not write a comment on GitHub. GitHub took his reply and posted it automatically.

Comment: Re:32bit vs 64bit (Score 1) 155

by kthreadd (#48864271) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

Actually he/she is right. OS X does support running 64 bit binaries on a 32-bit kernel. OS X didn't even have a 64 bit kernel until 10.6 and it wasn't until 10.7 when OS X started to boot into the 64 bit kernel by default, but you could still run 64 bit programs just fine back to 10.2 just as long as you had a 64 bit CPU.

Comment: Re:A reason to go with Open Source (Score 1) 155

by kthreadd (#48863891) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

That was exactly his point: you can hire another company to continue the maintenance.

I guess you missed his/her point as well. With Windows you got free updates up until July this year. With Linux you would have had to finance that yourself. Installing Linux in 2003 and paying someone to make updates for you would most likely not have been cheaper.

With Windows, there is no such option even if you were ready to throw cash on the table.

Yep, absolutely. You're screwed once MS stops their support. In their defense though, it is quite good that they provided updates for 12 years.

Comment: Re:instant disqualification (Score 2) 629

by kthreadd (#48856865) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Yes. And the problem is that VB is MS only. It is a vendor lock in. What about stuents that have a Mac or Linux at home? He chains them to MS.

On Debian 7:

$ uname
$ vbnc
Visual Basic.Net Compiler version
Copyright (C) 2004-2010 Rolf Bjarne Kvinge. All rights reserved.

Error : VBNC2011: No files to compile! Cannot do anything!
Compilation took 00:00:00.2141430

Also, the new Microsoft .NET compiler (Roslyn) is open source.

Comment: Re:Not for new users of FreeBSD (Score 1) 75

by kthreadd (#48854195) Attached to: Book Review: FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials

Naming a book "Storage Essentials" and then not talking about ZFS was a mistake. If you're going to be building any type of NAS, you're going to want to use ZFS for it's scalability, reliability and stability. While you might get away with UFS for a couple of terabytes, you're going to have a bad time of it when you've got 40TB worth of storage space to manage.

Essentials means "the essentials," not "everything you should know about X."

After quickly looking through the table of contents, I don't think there's actually enough room in the book to even introduce ZFS. What should he have taken out? Smart? RAID? Encryption? I would argue that all that is way more "essentials" than ZFS. ZFS deserves its own book.

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