Karrde712 writes: Matthew Miller, the Fedora Project Leader published an article in the online Fedora Magazine yesterday detailing how the recent bash security vulnerability (also nicknamed "shellshock") actually functions in a way that just about anyone can understand.
Karrde712 writes: Fedora Cloud Architect Matthew Miller announced today a proposal on a plan to redesign the way that the Fedora Project builds its GNU/Linux distribution. Fedora has often been described as a "bag of bits", with thousands of packages and only minimal integration. Miller's proposal for "Fedora.Next" describes reorganizing the packages and upstream projects that comprise Fedora into a series of "rings", each level of which would have its own set of release and packaging requirements. The lowest levels of the distribution may be renamed to "Fedora Core".
Discussion on the list has questioned whether this is meant to be a return to the old "Fedora Core" and "Fedora Extras" model of Fedora's early life, to which Miller responded: 'I'm aware of this concern — I was there too, you know. As I was talking about the idea with people, it kept being hard to not accidentally say "core". Finally, as I was talking to Seth Vidal, he said, in his characteristic way, "Look, here's the thing. You should just call it Fedora Core. If you don't, people are going to be grumbling in the back corner and saying that it's really Core, and the conversation becomes about a conspiracy about the name. Just call it Fedora Core, and then have the conversation about the important point, which is how it's different."'
Much discussion is ongoing on the Fedora Devel mailing list. If any Slashdot readers have good advice to add to the discussion, it would be most useful to respond to the ongoing thread there.
Karrde712 writes: In a first for the Millenial Technology Prize, both Laureates were awarded the prize. Linus Torvalds was recognized for the creation of the Linux kernel and its continuing impact on enhancing scientific progress throughout the world. Dr. Shinya Yamanaka was recognized for his work in the development of induced pluripotent stem cells for medical research.
Karrde712 writes: A Federal jury found a Minnesota woman guilty of copyright violations put forth by the RIAA. The jury awarded a fine of $80,000 for each of 24 songs that she downloaded. The woman and her lawyers were shocked at the size of the fine and plan to appeal.
Karrde712 writes: From Vista's EULA (Warning: PDF):
"13. UPGRADES. To use upgrade software, you must first be licensed for the software that is eligible for the upgrade. Upon upgrade, this agreement takes the place of the agreement for the software you upgraded from. After you upgrade, you may no longer use the software you upgraded from."
According to LXer, during the upgrade process, Microsoft will invalidate your original Windows XP cd-key, preventing its use on another computer. Since you cannot install the Vista upgrade media from a system without Windows XP already on it and activated, this makes the Vista upgrade a one-way move.
Karrde712 writes: According to a study by the British government (reported by the BBC here), robots may be improving to a level of intelligence where they might be able to demand rights, even "robo-healthcare".