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Submission + - oVirt 3.4 Released Finally Enabling Management and VMs on the Same Machine (eweek.com)

darthcamaro writes: Red Hat's open source oVirt project hit a major milestone this week with the release of version 3.4. It's got improved storage handling so users can mix and match different resource types, though the big new feature is one that seems painfully obvious. For the first time oVirt users can have the oVirt Manager and oVirt VMs on the same physical machine.

"So, typically, customers deployed the oVirt engine on a physical machine or on a virtual machine that wasn't managed or monitored," Scott Herold, principal product manager for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization said. "The oVirt 3.4 release adds the ability for oVirt to self-host its engine, including monitoring and recovery of the virtual machine." -


Submission + - Apache CloudStack 4.3 Released (eweek.com)

darthcamaro writes: Apache CloudStack 4.3 is now out providing cloud users with a long list of new features. At the top of the list is support for Microsoft's Hyper-V, as well as support for scalable instance sizing that is unrelated to the auto-sizing feature common on all modern cloud platforms.Hugo Trippaers, vice president of Apache CloudStack explained that what Dynamic Comput provides is instead having to maintain lists of fixed compute offerings catering to all, a number of dynamic offerings can be made available, and the user has the freedom to set, for example, the number of CPUs.-

Submission + - JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla (eweek.com)

darthcamaro writes: Mozilla today announced that Brendan Eich would be its new CEO. Eich had been serving as Mozilla's CTO and has been with Mozilla since day one — literally day one. Eich was a Netscape engineer when AOL decided to create the open-source Mozilla project in 1998. The choice of Eich as CEO seems obvious to some, after a string of recent short-tenured CEOs at Mozilla's helm.

Submission + - Docker Turns 1: What is the Future for Open Source Container Tech? (eweek.com)

darthcamaro writes: Docker has become one of the most hyped open-source projects in recent years, making it hard to believe the project only started one year ago. In that one year, Docker has now gained the support of Red Hat and other major Linux vendors. What does the future hold for Docker? Will it overtake other forms of virtualization or will it just be a curiosity?

Submission + - Java 8 Officially Released (datamation.com)

darthcamaro writes: Oracle today officially released Java 8, nearly two years after Java 7, and after much delay. The new release includes a number of critical new features including Lambda expressions and the new Nashorn JavaScript engine. Java 8 however is still missing at least critical piece that Java developers have been asking for, for years.

"It’s a pity that some of the features like Jigsaw were dropped as modularity, runtime dependencies and interoperability are still a huge problem in Java," James Donelan, vice president of engineering at MuleSoft said. "In fact this is the one area where I still think Java has a long way to go."


Submission + - Firefox Was the Most Attacked & Exploited Browser at Pwn2own 2014 (eweek.com)

darthcamaro writes: Though IE, Chrome and Safari were all attacked and all were exploited, no single web browser was as humiliated at this year's Pwn2own hacking challenge as was Mozilla Firefox. A fully patched version of Firefox was exploited 4 different times by attackers, each revealing new zero-day vulnerabilities in the open-source web browser. When asked why Mozilla was attacked so much this year, Sid Stamm, senior engineering manager of security and privacy said:

"Pwn2Own offers very large financial incentives to researchers to expose vulnerabilities, and that may have contributed in part to the researchers' decision to wait until now to share their work and help protect Firefox users."

The Pwn2own event paid researcher $50,000 for each Firefox vulnerability. Mozilla now pays researcher only $3,000 per vulnerability.

Submission + - GoDaddy Moving Its Entire Infrastructure to Open-Source OpenStack (eweek.com)

darthcamaro writes: The OpenStack cloud platform keeps on gaining new converts. The latest is GoDaddy which today announced it is now officially supporting the OpenStack Foundation. How GoDaddy came to officially join the OpenStack Foundation is interesting, apparently the OpenStack Foundation found out that GoDaddy was using OpenStack though job postings.

Submission + - HP's Top Security Exec Targetted by Spearphishers (eweek.com)

darthcamaro writes: attackers aren't just going after governments they're also directly going after big IT vendors too.
In video interview, HP's top security exec, Art Gilliland, admitted that he has been that target of spearphishers that wrote customer malware specifically targeted to exploit him. Gilllaland is no chump though and no harm was done.

Submission + - Will Red Hat Acquire Hortonworks? (enterpriseappstoday.com)

darthcamaro writes: Red Hat has a history of acquiring key technology partners to help build out its portfolio. In 2011, Red Hat acquired Gluster, which now forms the basis of Red Hat Storage — in 2014 is a Hadoop vendor like Hortonworks in the cards like Hortonworks? The answer is likely not..

"Many enterprises want to run Hadoop on Red Hat’s infrastructure and application platform, but not all customers want to use the same Hadoop distribution," Ranga Rangachari, Red Hat's vice president and general manager, Storage and Big Data said.


Submission + - Microsoft's IE is the Most Targetted Application by Security Researchers (eweek.com)

darthcamaro writes: Though Microsoft hasn't yet patched its Internet Explorer web browser in 2014, it did patch IE at least once every month in 2013. According to HP's 2013 Cyber Risk Report, more researchers tried to sell IE vulnerabilities than any other product vulnerability

"These are the users that adversaries are going after; they tend to more likely be in business environments," Jacob West, CTO of HP's Enterprise Security Group said. "IE is the most prevalent browser on the systems that attackers want to compromise."


Submission + - Pwn2own 2014 Set to Hunt Unicorns (eweek.com)

darthcamaro writes: The annual Pwn2own hacking competition has always made short work of all browser vendors' security, shredding perception of safety by hacking IE, Firefox, Safari and Chrome in minutes. This year the competition is adding a twist — for IE on Windows 8.1, hackers will also have to bypass Microsoft EMET, which is a seemingly bulletproof type of sandbox. The competition is calling this the 'Unicorn Exploit' and the first researcher to successful exploit it will pocket $150,000.

Submission + - Why Marc Andreessen is Bullish on ARM (serverwatch.com)

darthcamaro writes: Marc Andreessen knows a thing or two about spotting Internet trends, after all he did invent the modern browser industry and is a leading venture capitalist today. At the Open Compute Summit this week, Andreessen also let it be known that he's backing ARM in the data center, which is just now getting a 64bit chip from AMD. Intel apparently isn't impressed.

"Every large scale Internet service that I'm aware is bound by the cost of the data center and they are all I/O bound," Andreessen said. "We deal with very few Internet applications at scale that are CPU bound."


Submission + - Bitcoin is 'Massively Overhyped Noise': Gartner (eweek.com)

darthcamaro writes: Research firm Gartner has literally made a business out of determining the hype cycle of technology trends. As it stands, a leading Gartner analyst has pegged Bitcoin as being at the pinnacle of hype.
"Bitcoin is a massively overhyped piece of noise in the marketplace in and of itself, " David Furlonger, vice president and Fellow at research firm Gartner said.
That said, Gartner is recommending that retailers pay attention to Bitcoin, because if a consumer want to use Bitcoin for payment and can't, they'll just go somewhere else, and the retailer will lose the business.

Submission + - Java is the Root Cause of 91 Percent of All Attacks (eweek.com)

darthcamaro writes: We all there have been a lot of Java exploits over the course of the last year — but a new report from Cisco paints a very grim picture. Cisco found that Java was the primary Indicator of Compromise in 91 percent of all attacks it observed in 2013.
Oh and don't think it's just about patching (btw did you patch yet to Java 7u51 that came out on Tuesday? do it now); as there multiple zero days for Java in 2013 that were exploited too.

Submission + - Fedora 21 Linux is a 'Null' (eweek.com) 1

darthcamaro writes: What follows in the footsteps of a Heisenbug, Spherical Cow and a Beefy Miracle? Apparently the answer is 'null' as is nothing. Fedora Linux 21 could well have no funky new name as its past predecessors have all had, thanks to a recent vote by the Fedora board to move away from the existing naming practices. Fedora 21 itself will not be out in the first half of 2014 either, instead the plan is now for a release sometime around August. A delayed release however doesn't mean somethign is wrong, it actually could mean that something is very right, and Red Hat's community Linux distro aims to re-invent itself.

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