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Submission + - Pardus 2011, Independent Distro Releases Latest an (ostatic.com)

Thinkcloud writes: Funded by the Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey, the distro is big in all Turkish Government sectors including the Armed forces and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Naturally, it’s a distro to watch out for, specially because, for some reason, it remains hugely underused.
Books

Submission + - Volume 4A of Knuth's TAOCP Finally In Print (informit.com) 1

jantangring writes: "It's been 28 years since Volume 3 of Donald Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming was published. The book series is a classic work of computer science in spite of the fact that still more than half of the seven volume series is still to be finalized. In 1992 Donald Knuth retired to medieval monkness in order to finish his work. After many long years in draft volume 4A now in print and you can get it in a boxed set if you don't mind admitting that you don't already own the first thee volumes. They won't be checking if you read it."
Google

Submission + - MS Asks Google to Delay Fuzzer Tool (computerworld.com)

eldavojohn writes: Polish Google security white hat Michal Zalewski has announced concerns that one of a hundred vulnerabilities his fuzzer tool found in IE is well known to third party hackers in China. His simple explanation provides an interesting counter argument to Microsoft's usual request that security problems not be released until they can slowly investigate them. From the article, 'Microsoft asked Zalewski to delay cross_fuzz's release, but he declined, in part because of his fear the IE vulnerability was already being explored by Chinese hackers, but also because the company's security experts had not responded to information he provided.' You can read about and download cross_fuzz for your own use.
Books

Submission + - Linux hacker announces Parallel Programming book (livejournal.com)

Josh Triplett writes: Linux kernel hacker and parallel programming guru Paul McKenney announced his book-in-progress, Is Parallel Programming Hard, And, If So, What Can You Do About It?. It currently has a good combination of "documentation nobody else ever bothered to write" on many forms of synchronization and concurrency, from the simple to the cutting edge, with a bit of a peek beyond. It has a ways to go before it could become a publishable book, but by the standards of software documentation it represents one of the best references I've seen.
Linux

Submission + - Most Android tablets fail at GPL compliance (networkworld.com)

polar_bear` writes: Red Hat's Matthew Garrett has been checking to see who's naughty and nice. Most Android tablet vendors? Naughty, naughty, naughty, when it comes to GPL compliance. The current crop of Android tablets fails miserably when it comes to GPL compliance, with most of the vendors flouting the GPL and failing to ship source.

Submission + - RIM's Jim Balsillie: Mobile is All About The Web (oreilly.com)

blackbearnh writes: There's been a lot of noise recently about which mobile devices will support what development environments, and whether the iPhone's lockout of Flash hurts Apple more, or Adobe. But Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Research in Motion (you know, the Blackberry guys...) is betting the house that HTML5 and the mobile web is really where the future lies. In an interview promoting the Web 2.0 Summit, Balsillie talks about RIM's new emphasis on the web, what the reemergence of Microsoft in the mobile market might mean, and if cell phones and tablets need to converge. "You start asking the question: If you're carrying around a tablet, how much performance do you want in the smartphone? Because you want to do a certain set of tasks really well, but you don't want the smartphone to be a proxy for a tablet-type job because now you've got the tablet. The interplay is uncertain."
GNOME

Submission + - GNOME's executive director resigns, joins Mozilla (networkworld.com)

Julie188 writes: Stormy Peters is stepping down as GNOME's executive director and heading to Mozilla to work on developer engagement. Peters says she is leaving the GNOME Foundation to join Mozilla and work on "pushing freedom on the Web as much as we've pushed for it on the desktop." GNOME is in rough waters these days, what with Ubuntu's plans to move away from it in favor of its own Unity UI and the endless delays on GNOME 3.0.
Security

Submission + - Android Code May Be at Risk (esecurityplanet.com)

graychase writes: Writing for eSecurityPlanet.com, Sean Michael Kerner reports: "Google's Android mobile operating system may include a number of high-risk software flaws, according to a new report from static code analysis vendor Coverity. Coverity detected 359 software defects in the Android Froyo kernel that is used in the HTC Droid Incredible smartphone. Of those defects, Coverity has identified 88 defects or about 25 percent of the total flaw count, as being high-risk and potentially leading to security risk for Android users."

Andy Chou, Chief Scientist and co-founder of Coverity is quoted as saying, "We found that the Android kernel had about half the defect density that you would expect, compared to other industry average codebases of the same size. What that means is that a defect density of one defect per approximately one thousand lines of code is industry average, according to our measurements – for the Android kernel, the defect density was about 0.47."

GNOME

Ubuntu Moves Away From GNOME 514

An anonymous reader writes "It's official: Ubuntu has, with its ironically named 'Unity' interface, chosen to move away from GNOME for Ubuntu Natty Narwhal. Or at least move away from GNOME Shell. Mark Shuttleworth says that Ubuntu will still be 'GNOME,' even if it's not using GNOME Shell. Do you agree?"
Linux

Submission + - Ubuntu moves away from GNOME (networkworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It's official: Ubuntu has, with its ironically named "Unity" interface, chosen to move away from GNOME for Ubuntu Natty Narwhal. At least move away from GNOME Shell. Mark Shuttleworth says that Ubuntu will still be "GNOME," even if it's not using GNOME Shell. Do you agree?

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