Monthly Archives: Januar 2016

Jan 27

​Vital OpenSSL patch coming

By Lotte Nielsen

Get ready to update your servers, an important OpenSSL patch is on its way. If you’re doing business on the Internet, chances are your servers are using OpenSSL for your Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) e-commerce transactions. For example, OpenSSL is used on 98.7 percent of Debian Linux servers. Read more […]

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Jan 26

Indiana University Joins Open Source Initiative

By Lotte Nielsen

University continues commitment to open source software and communities through OSI Membership. The Open Source Initiative® (OSI) announced today the Affiliate Membership of Indiana University (IU), a long time champion for the use of open source software as a means for greater efficiency in higher education. The partnership highlights the OSI’s recent efforts to extend […]

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Jan 25

​Linux Foundation leadership controversy erupts

By Lotte Nielsen

A debate has sprung up in Linux circles over whether the Linux Foundation is serving individual open-source users or its corporate sponsors. Linux is no stranger to controversy. Top developers, such as Sarah Sharpe, have either left the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML), home of the Linux development community or, like Matthew Garrett, left to […]

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Jan 21

How to fix the latest Linux and Android zero day flaw

By Lotte Nielsen

This flaw isn’t nearly as bad as first reported, but Linux administrators still need to fix it. Israeli security firm Perception Point disclosed a Linux and Android security vulnerability. The company described it as a zero–day „local privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux kernel.“ Which, it was, but that’s not the full story. What Perception […]

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Jan 20

7 Truths that Open Source Struggles With

By Lotte Nielsen

Open source has performed miracles, but it still needs to face up to a few ongoing struggles. Open source development has consistently proved many ideas that were once considered impossible. For instance, thanks to open source, we now know that people can be motivated by more than money, and that co-operation can be more effective […]

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Jan 18

4 questions to ask before open sourcing a project

By Lotte Nielsen

One of the most common tasks in any company’s open source department is evaluating internal software to see, if it would be a good candidate to give back to the community. When performing this task at PayPal, we found it useful to take each potential open source project through a vetting process originally framed by […]

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Jan 14

TPP Harmful To Open Source

By Lotte Nielsen

While some may assert that open source is not applicable in every circumstance, the right to demand access to source code in situations where it is appropriate is important to society as a whole. That’s why it is important to note — and protest — a clause in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP), and […]

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Jan 13

Opening your mind to open source

By Lotte Nielsen

All forward-thinking CIOs should be looking to harness it effectively in order to create competitive differentiation. As we embark on another new year it’s always worth casting our minds back over the previous twelve months. And what a bumpy 12 months they were for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (Meta) region. Read more Source […]

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Jan 12

What’s new and nifty in Linux 4.4

By Lotte Nielsen

The latest Linux kernel has arrived and it looks pretty darn good. 2015 saw a lot of controversy about how Linus Torvalds directs the Linux project. But, that didn’t stop him from delivering the latest update of the Linux kernel: Linux 4.4 on time. After months of side issues. Linus Torvalds still delivers the next […]

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