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04.03.14

Links 3/4/2014: Instructionals

Posted in News Roundup at 10:29 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

News Links: Aggression and Surveillance

Posted in News Roundup at 10:06 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Drones

NDAA

  • Senators Are Quietly Meeting To Change The Sweeping Post-9/11 Military Authorization Law

    A bipartisan group of senators has quietly begun discussing a push to repeal or rewrite the broad law granting the president sweeping powers to wage war against individuals and groups across the globe.

    Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine told BuzzFeed that several lawmakers have held informal conversations on possible changes to the 9/11-era rules of war on terrorism, known as the Authorization for the Use of Military Force.

  • Pushing PANDA

    PANDA is People Against the National Defense Authorization Act

  • House Republicans’ secret immigration ploy

    House Republicans are quietly working to insert immigration legislation into the text of the Department of Defense authorization bill that would allow so-called DREAMers to obtain permanent legal residency by joining the military, Breitbart News has learned.

CIA Torture and Deception/Lies

Venezuela

Fascism

Deception Over Expansion

  • Media Bias: Parroting a “New Cold War” which Threatens America

    If American media seem filled these days with bellicose, jingoistic, uniform perspectives on a new Cold War, that’s probably because so many news outlets can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to framing new events in the tired terms of the last generation’s ingrained propaganda. At a time that needs fresh contemplation, even people like Amy Goodman on Democracy NOW are talking about recent events in and around Ukraine as having “sparked the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War” or words to more extreme effect.

  • Imperialism’s game of empires

    As Western and Russian rulers rattle sabres, Simon Basketter says we must take on a system that drives the world to war

  • Russians are coming!

    Ukraine just happened to be a conveniently available ideal to put Americans entrenched status and Western European odyssey into spotlight but with a revamped force of achieving the strategic goals and to enhance the Russian lost vision of invincible Empire. So far, nobody could dare to disturb the progressive dream turned into attainable reality in weeks and days to foresee Crimea annexed into the Russian Federation and Ukraine being put under watchful guidance and controlled maneuverability of the Russian foreign policy objectives.

  • ‘Must be joking’

    On March 2, Secretary of State John Kerry described Russia’s action in Crimea as “an incredible act of aggression … You just don’t, in the 21st century, behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext,” he said. And on March 17, President Barack Obama declared, “Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected, and international law must be upheld.”

    Messrs. Kerry and Obama must be joking!

    The U.S. invaded Iraq and Afghanistan “on completely trumped up pretexts.” (If you still believe George Bush had legitimate reasons to attack Iraq, please read the transcript of his press conference of Aug. 21, 2006. There, he confessed that both his “reasons” were bogus.)

  • Ukraine: the US’ hypocritical transference – Prof. Edward Herman

    Ukraine is a perfect example of how the US uses the worst elements of a society to do their dirty work in other countries and how the US/NATO has a problem finding honest quislings. Since the US favors the nazi coup in Ukraine they talk about sovereignty and the right to self-determination of the Crimean people is made into some outrageous business for which Russia is demonized. John McCain, the chief chicken hawk and key “moral support” figure for the US’ insurrectionists and nazis in Ukraine, urged dissidents in Russia to rise and through that the effect of Ukrainian “freedom” would spread into Russia. McCain and the rest are engaged in subversive incitement, and once again their complete lack of intelligence and knowledge has left them looking like fools to the world. Professor Edward Herman spoke to the Voice of Russia regarding these issues and more.

Clapper’s Lies

Germany

‘Reform’

Yahoo PR and encryption

NSA

Microsoft

Dick Cheney

Latest News About GNU/Linux in Servers and Networks

Posted in News Roundup at 6:46 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Servers

  • April 2014 Issue of Linux Journal: High Performance Computing

    Reuven M. Lerner starts us out this month, this time with information on how to leverage geolocation information in your Web application. Whether you want to give your Web visitors a local weather forecast or just want to present them with location-appropriate options from your Web applications, geolocation is a powerful tool. Since the Internet is global, it’s important to know where users are located. Reuven shows how to integrate geolocation awareness into your Web applications. Dave Taylor follows with the next in his series on Zombie Dice. It may feel like you’re just making a cool game, but it’s really just a ruse to help you learn something. (Well, it’s a cool game too, but you really are learning!)

  • Google’s shiny new toys for nerds only: DNS, Linux/Windows support, & virtual machines

    At a cloud event today, Google announced it was cutting its cloud-services prices by huge margins — up to 85 percent in some cases. But that’s not all the good news.

    Google also announced general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Linux SUSE on the Google Cloud Platform

  • AMPPS now available for Linux distros

    Softaculous Ltd., the developer of AMPPS Installer that simplifies Application deployment on various Desktop and Servers, today announced the launch of AMPPS 2.3 for Linux distros. Ampps Linux will work with most of the desktop / GUI distros of linux like Fedora, CentOS, Redhat, Ubuntu, etc.

  • Rackspace Launches Linux for Ladies Training Program

    At the Women in Tech Networking event at South by Southwest Interactive last week, Rackspace Hosting launched its new training program, Linux for Ladies, aimed at helping women get top jobs in the IT industry.

Cumulus Linux

  • IXLeeds Selects Cumulus® Linux® Operating System to Power Upgraded Internet Exchange Point
  • Midokura Announces Partnership With Cumulus Networks

    Midokura, a global company focused on network virtualization, today announced its partnership with Cumulus Networks, the company bringing the power of Linux to networking. The companies plan to offer a joint technology solution that will enable customers to manage workloads on virtual and non-virtualized infrastructure with a technology preview by May 2014 and a GA offering by Q3 2014. This partnership further extends the new networking open ecosystem where businesses can have the flexibility to choose between various industry standard networking hardware, network operating systems and applications.

  • IXLeeds Selects Cumulus Networks Linux Operating System for Internet Exchange Point

    Cumulus Networks has announced that IXLeeds has chosen the Cumulus Linux operating system for the company’s upgraded Internet Exchange Point. IXLeeds is a not-for-profit Internet Exchange Point (IXP) based in Leeds, UK. A bid process that included Extreme Networks and Juniper Networks preceded the deployment of Cumulus.

SDN

Forgetting to Change Default Password or Apply Patches

Linux News: Systemd, Linux 3.14 Release, Future Releases

Posted in News Roundup at 6:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Systemd

  • Systemd Is Working Towards Its Own Super Fast DHCP Server, Client

    Systemd has been working on network support for this leading open-source init system. As part of this, systemd developers have now achieved support for obtaining a network connection in less than one millisecond… With that said, systemd developers are working towards having DHCP client and server capabilities built into the init system for having a super-fast booting OS and quicker network connections when resuming the system.

  • Linux Kernel Developers Fed Up With Ridiculous Bugs In Systemd

    When systemd sees “debug” as part of the kernel command-line, it will spit out so much informaiton about the system that it fails to boot… The init system just collapses the system with too much information being sent to the dmesg when seeing the debug option as part of the kernel command-line parameter. Within the systemd bug report it was suggested for systemd not to look for a simple “debug” string to go into its debug mode but perhaps something like “systemd.debug” or other namespaced alternatives. The debug kernel command-line parameter has been used by upstream Linux kernel developers for many years. However, upstream systemd developers don’t agree about changing their debug code detection. Kay Sievers of Red Hat wrote, “Generic terms are generic, not the first user owns them.”

kGraft

Future Releases

Latest Release

Kernel Level Misc.

  • Intel Adds Initial Cherryview Support To Their Linux 3D Driver
  • KTAP Dynamic Tracing Called For Merging Into Linux Kernel

    Jovi Zhangwei, the lead KTAP developer, has posted the 28 patches implementing KTAP on the Linux kernel mailing list and is looking for code review in hopes it will be accepted into the mainline Linux kernel. KTAP is a script-based dynamic tracing tool that has a powerful scripting language, a register-based interpreter, is considered lightweight, and supports multiple architectures. The currently supported architectures for KTAP include x86/x86_64, ARM, PowerPC, and MIPS.

  • Facebook will trial Btrfs Linux file system in its data centres

    Linux kernel block maintainer, Btrfs lead developer and new Facebook employee Chris Mason revealed the news at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Napa Valley on Thursday, Phoronix reported. Mason said that Facebook will trial Btrfs in its “web tier” servers, explaining that’s the easiest tier to recover if necessary, though we imagine Facebook might ask the NSA for its backup copy in the event of disaster.

  • Per-Cgroup Swap File Support Proposed For Linux

    This small but important change would support a cgroup to swap to a particular file as setup by a new control file. This change is to allow the limiting of cgroups to a given swap file without being able to thrash the entire system’s swap file. With this set of three patches, individual cgroups can be limited in their swap capacity.

Graphics Stack

Benchmarks

04.02.14

Red Hat and Fedora News: Financial Report, New Partnerships, Fedora 21 Plans

Posted in News Roundup at 5:28 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Google Relationship

Finance

  • Red Hat Middleware Seen Helping Linux For Solid Q4

    “While we remain cautious around the maturing Unix-to-Linux migration cycle, the strength of the fiscal Q3 bounce back suggests that the combination of core Linux and JBoss (middleware), some contribution from RHEV (virtualization) and storage, and the halo effect of Red Hat’s aggressive move to become ‘Red Hat of OpenStack’ are sustaining mid-teens growth,” Turits wrote.

  • Red Hat Banking on OpenStack for Future Growth

    Red Hat reported its full-year fiscal 2014 earnings late Thursday, showing continued momentum for the Linux server operating system business leader. As Red Hat looks for future growth, the open-source OpenStack cloud platform is front and center.

  • Red Hat: Linux Slowing, Say Bears; ‘Conservative’ Forecast, Say Bulls

    Shares of Red Hat (RHT) today closed down $3.90, or almost 7%, at $52.23, after the company yesterday afternoon reported fiscal Q4 revenue and earnings per share that topped analysts’ expectations, but forecast this quarter, and the full year’s results below consensus.

  • Red Hat Serves Up Good Earnings, Updated Virtualization Platform

    Red Hat is out with a slew of news this week. As Susan covered earlier, the company reported better-than-expected quarterly results, aided by strong subscription growth for its Linux operating system, but also forecast full-year profit following below average analyst estimates. Along with that news, the company announced the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.4 Beta, which builds on the recent Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.3 release, and aims to automate enterprise virtualization tasks while providing integration with OpenStack.

Virtualisation

People

  • Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst Awarded William C. Friday Award

    Whitehurst is an avid advocate for open source software as a catalyst for business innovation.

  • Red Hat founder Bob Young’s not done with startups

    “I am to technical people what a groupie is to a rock band,” he laughs. “In other words, what’s the point of being in a rock band if you don’t have people to appreciate the music?”

  • Red Hat’s Chris Wright: Telco Industry Poised for Open Source Disruption

    As an OpenDaylight project board member and the technical director of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) at Red Hat, Chris Wright knows what it takes to launch a successful open source, collaborative project. He’ll share some of what he’s learned through his experience with OpenDaylight in his keynote presentation at Collaboration Summit, March 26-28 in Napa. Here he gives us a preview of the talk and shares his predictions on which industries are primed for disruption through collaborative development.

Development

  • Red Hat Updates Open Source Software Development Tools
  • Taking Red Hat Linux to the next level

    If you’re a system administrator, what you really want is a stable operating system with long-term support, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). If you’re a system programmer, what you really want is the latest and greatest program. What to do!

  • Red Hat adds Nginx and MongoDB to Software Collections update

    The next version of Red Hat’s Software Collections package includes Apache httpd and Nginx Web servers, Ruby 2.0, and NoSQL database MongoDB. They are all part of version 1.1 of Software Collections, a beta of which can now be downloaded, Red Hat said in a blog post Thursday.

  • Red Hat revs cutting-edge software collection for devs

    One of Red Hat Enterprise Linux’s big selling points has been its consistency, in the operating system itself and the software packaged with it. Red Hat goes so far as to offer application certification — now with Docker support — to ensure the software running on top of RHEL behaves as expected.

  • Red Hat Wraps Latest Open Source Offerings into Software Collections

    Red Hat is out with its latest Sofware Collections package, arriving at version 1.1, and it is embracing Apache httpd and Nginx Web servers, Ruby 2.0, and NoSQL database MongoDB, among other previously unseen offerings. As Infoworld has noted: “One of Red Hat Enterprise Linux’s big selling points has been its consistency, in the operating system itself and the software packaged with it. Red Hat goes so far as to offer application certification — now with Docker support — to ensure the software running on top of RHEL behaves as expected. But what about developers who want to step outside the lines, so to speak, and run something a little more cutting-edge?”

  • Red Hat’s Stubbornness Will Keep OpenShift Alive

    Insiders have publicly bet against Red Hat’s platform-as-a-service, but I say it will stand by OpenShift without regret.

  • Red Hat Introduces Open Source BPM Suite
  • Red Hat launches Open Source BPM suite

Bad Behaviour

  • Red Hat kicks out sponsor, then relents

    Matthew Garrett, a former Red Hat employee who has gained something of a public profile, suggested that Piston had got itself into Red Hat’s bad books by competing against it for a contract – and winning.

Docker

  • Red Hat gets serious about supporting container-style virtualization

    Containers aren’t quite virtual machines, but with recent advances in Linux, they can do many of the same jobs as a VM while using far less memory.

  • Linux Containers Get Certified
  • Red Hat: We’ve got a corker for Docker Linux locker app hawkers
  • Out in the Open: How to Run an Entire Data Center as Easily as a Cellphone

    The other is an open source tool called Docker. Docker bundles applications into self-sufficient units called “containers.” These can be easily moved from server to server, and they include everything the application needs to run. Unlike a virtual machine — which recreates the entire operating system — Docker containers are can take advantage of the host server’s operating system and other software, even though the containers are separated from each other. Basically, it’s another way of improving the efficiency of your infrastructure.

  • Open Source Docker Project Celebrates First Anniversary

    “Containerization has emerged as an essential solution for sys-admins and developers, as it provides a flexible way to build, scale and deploy applications, and reduces the time and expense of cloud infrastructure,” said Al Hilwa, program director, application development software at IDC. “Docker is emerging as a standard for containerization, driving innovation among developers, sys-admins, and DevOps alike.”

  • Patching and Docker
  • Will Open-Source Docker Revolutionize Cloud Virtualization?
  • Docker Gets a New Release and a New Nod of Approval

    Since we first wrote about Docker last August, the open source container project has advanced in numerous ways. Not only did the company behind it officially shed its original dotCloud name and put Docker at the forefront of its focus, but it also raised $15 million in funding and announced partnerships with the likes of Rackspace, OpenStack, Red Hat and Fedora.

  • Red Hat Announces Linux App Container Certification

    Open source developer adds container certification for Enterprise Linux apps, aims to improve workload portability and ease maintenance burden.

  • A meetup for Docker and OpenStack integration

    Docker is nothing more than a handy container. But for a lot of use cases, it’s opening up amazing new possibilities for making development and deployment work together more closely than ever. It’s an open source project designed to make it easy to create lightweight, portable, self-sufficient containers of an application, allowing that containerized application to run just as easily on a massively scaled cloud as it does on a developer’s laptop. For projects like OpenStack, it’s a new way of deploying applications as an alternative to (or on top of) a virtual machine, while potentially using fewer system resources in the process.

  • Red Hat fast-tracks Docker apps for Enterprise Linux

    Red Hat’s application certification program is nominally about ensuring that third-party applications and app platforms run reliably on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

    The newest candidate for certification, though, isn’t an application per se. Rather, it’s an application technology that stormed the Linux world and quickly became a major part of its landscape: containerization, which allows apps to be packaged to run almost anywhere with minimal muss or fuss.

  • Docker Monetizes Open Source Container Virtualization
  • Docker Begins Straddling Free and Paid Services

    “One of the most-requested features is private repos. Say you’re working on a project that you want to share with the world but is not yet ready for prime time. Now you can push your work-in-progress to a private repo on docker.io and invite only specific collaborators to pull from and push to it. When you’re ready, you can make your private repo public, and it’ll automatically be indexed and publicly searchable.”

Fedora

Fedora 21

  • Fedora 21 Picks Up More Features, KDE Plasma To Be A Product In F22

    The Fedora Engineering and Steering committee convened today for talking about another round of Fedora 21 features. One week after approving a bunch of features for this Fedora Linux update due out in late 2014, there’s more features added to the list.

  • Fedora 21 Will Likely Make Java 8 The Default Runtime
  • Fedora 21 Gets U-Boot, Xorg, jQuery Changes

    Last week there were a great number of interesting features approved for the Fedora 21 release due out in October~November. This week there isn’t quite as many items that were on the FESCo agenda, but there’s still some interesting work that hopes to make it into this next Fedora Linux release. The approved items at yesterday’s FESCo meeting were

  • Red Hat plans unified security management for Fedora 21

    Profiles would cover things like TLS/SSL and DTLS versioning, ciphersuite selection and ordering, certificate and key exchange parameters including minimum key length, acceptable elliptic curve (ECDH or ECDSA for example), signature hash functions, and TLS options like safe renegotiation.

Misc.

  • Red Hat Grants Award for Unix-to-Linux Migration Smarts

    Red Hat (RHT) has highlighted the transition from Unix platforms to open source Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) in awarding the 2014 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year Award. The recognition goes this year to Jorge Juarez Acevedo of Banco Azteca, who oversaw the bank’s migration from Sun Solaris, HP UX and AIX servers to RHEL.

  • Red Hat reveals CentOS plans

    Red Hat did this because it believes there are three very different ways that 70 to 80 percent people tend to use Red Hat Linux distros. Businesses that want a lot of support and device and staff certification pay for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Fedora is for users, often developers who use the latest and greatest Linux and open-source software and want to be ahead of the curve. CentOS is for Linux experts who can handle their own support and want a stable platform.

News About Desktop Environments: Enlightenment, KDE, GNOME, and Others

Posted in News Roundup at 5:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Enlightenment

  • Enlightenment Elementary Apps Can Now Run Directly On DRM

    With the latest Git development work for the Elementary tool-kit and library, applications can run directly from the DRM driver interface without any display server / compositor / window manager. Applications can be created to run in DRM and by setting the ELM_ENGINE=drm option the apps will run in a standalone mode without anything else underneath.

  • We support Wayland

    Current support work is being done to enable client-side applications (as opposed to making a Wayland compositor itself – that is a future plan). Currently EFL applications that use the lower-level Ecore-Evas and higher level Elementary API’s will work and display correctly in Wayland, handle input, resizing and moving. Client-side frames are already provided. Both Shared-memory buffers AND EGL/OpenGL-ES2 buffers are supported. The Shared-memory buffers are purely CPU-rendered, meaning that they will work with or without OpenGL hardware acceleration support. They are fast and usable. The OpenGL-ES2 display is fully accelerated with all primitives being rendered by OpenGL (Hardware acceleration) and already work fully due to a long history of supporting this under X11 and other embedded EGL/OpenGL-ES2 environments.

KDE

  • KDE Ships First Beta of Frameworks 5

    April 1, 2014. Today KDE makes available the first beta of Frameworks 5. This release is part of a series of releases leading up to the final version planned for June 2014 following the previous alpha last month. This release marks the freeze of source incompatible changes and the introduction of the Frameworks 5 Porting Aids.

  • Freedom Maximized!

    And KDE knows what happens when you alienate a group of users since the moment when the anger of some people over KDE 4 lead to the first prominent fork of KDE software, the Trinity Desktop Environment.

  • KDE Applications and Platform 4.12.4 Officially Released
  • KDE Ships April Updates to Applications, Platform and Plasma Workspaces

    Today KDE released updates for its Applications and Development Platform, the fourth in a series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.12 series. This release also includes an updated Plasma Workspaces 4.11.8. Both releases contain only bugfixes and translation updates, providing a safe and pleasant update for everyone.

  • [Development] Qt 4.8.6 Release Candidate available
  • KDE PIM Sprint and KPeople

    Part of the KDE PIM group is meeting over this weekend in Barcelona in the spacious BlueSystems offices, hacking on all sorts of things. Me and David Edmundson took the oportunity to do some super huge changes to our KPeople library that are needed and as the library is in its dawn, it’s better to do it sooner than later. These are all internal and boring changes, but one of the changes we’ve been working on here is really cool and worth mentioning.

  • K3B 2.0.2 Review ‒ Why KDE Should Have All the Fun with Writing CDs and DVDs

    The CD and DVD era is coming to an end and developers don’t really bother to innovate when it comes to applications that deal with this media. There are quite a few apps that are capable of writing to DVDs available for the Linux platform, and K3B is one of the best.

  • digiKam 4.0 Beta 4 Adds More Tools

    The fourth beta of digiKam Software Collection 4.0 is now available for photographers interested in testing out this popular KDE software component.

  • digiKam Software Collection 4.0.0-beta4 is out..

    digiKam team is proud to announce the fourth beta release of digiKam Software Collection 4.0.0.

  • Image Manipulation Software digiKam 4.0 Beta 4 Gets Awesome Features
  • Qt3D, QtOpenCL Spark New Interest

    Qt3D is the Qt component that adds 3D support to Qt Quick for easily integrating 3D functionality. Qt3D has been in development for some time and was going to be an “essential” module to Qt 5.0 before being moved to just an add-on as part of Nokia’s Qt changes prior to selling it to Digia. Qt3D offers up a lot of potential for 3D user-interfaces and applications, but hasn’t seen too much work recently — the last time we got to mention it was when talking about OpenGL taking on a greater role within Qt in late 2012.

  • KDE Applications and Platform 4.13 RC Officially Released

    The KDE Project developers have just released the first Release Candidate of Applications and Platform 4.13, and it’s all about fixes and improvements.

    “KDE has released the release candidate of the 4.13 versions of Applications and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing,” said the KDE developers.

  • Calligra 2.8.1 Office Suite Is a Major Update

    “The Calligra team has released version 2.8.1, the first of the bugfix releases of the Calligra Suite, and Calligra Active in the 2.8 series. This release contains a few important bug fixes to 2.8.0 and we recommend everybody to update,” reads the official announcement.

GNOME

  • GNOME 3.12 Open-Source Linux Desktop Gets Bevy of New Features
  • Linux Top 3: GNOME 3.12 and New Betas for Ubuntu 14.04 and OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0
  • Karen Sandler Steps Down as GNOME Foundation Executive Director

    Announcing her departure, Karen said: “Working as the GNOME Foundation Executive Director has been one of the highlights of my career.” She also spoke of the achievements during her time as Executive Director: “I’ve helped to recruit two new advisory board members… and we have run the last three years in the black. We’ve held some successful funding campaigns, particularly around privacy. We have a mind-blowingly fantastic Board of Directors, and the Engagement team is doing amazing work. The GNOME.Asia team is strong, and we’ve got an influx of people, more so than I’ve seen in some time.”

  • Beautiful Zukitwo Theme Is the First One for GNOME 3.12

    Zukitwo, a beautiful theme designed for GNOME 3.12 that makes use of the GTK2 engine Murrine and the GTK2 pixbuf engine, is now at version 2014.03.29.

    The Zukitwo theme was updated shortly after the release of GNOME 3.12 and it’s probably the first theme to support the new version of GNOME. A lot of other themes will probably follow soon but, coincidentally, Zukitwo is also one of the best ones around.

  • GNOME 3.10 has resurrected what was once the darling of the Linux desktop
  • Wayland in 3.12, and beyond

    Our dedication towards Wayland has pushed us to build a cleaner architecture overall. What used to be a proliferation of X-specific video and input drivers is mostly culminating in centralized, standardized code. For input, we have libinput, which we’re using from Weston, mutter, and Xorg as well. What used to be a collection of chipset-specific video plugins for doing accelerated rendering have now been replaced by glamor, a credible chipset-independent acceleration architecture. What used to be large monolithic components heavily tied to Xorg and the Xorg input and video architectures have now been split out into separate, easily-reusable libraries with separate, easily-maintainable codebases. New, experimental features can be prototyped faster than ever before.

  • Mozilla CEO Oops, Ubuntu 14.04 Beta, and a GNOME Review
  • Linux desktop environment GNOME 3.12 available

    One of the great things about Linux distributions is the customization. In contrast, an operating system like Windows 8 is rather limited. Sure, you can change some colors, wallpapers and sounds, but pretty much, it is what it is. What you see is what you get. That is probably fine for most people, however, Linux users are not most people.

  • Try Gnome 3.12 Right Now!

    Itching to get your hands on the latest goodies from Gnome? Look no further… If you’d like to see the project’s latest efforts, including getting the best look at the latest Gnome core apps (Music, Weather, Maps, Videos), Matthias Clasen has a special gift for you. He’s made a special live CD containing a complete Gnome 3.12 atop Fedora 20.

  • GNOME 3.12 Released, ‘Sup Apache, King of Office
  • GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect … but homeless

    Review When the GNOME 3.x desktop arrived it was, frankly, unusable. It wasn’t so much the radical departure from past desktop environments, as the fact that essential things did not work properly or, more frustratingly, had been deemed unnecessary.

  • Gnome 3.12 adds high-res display support and faster startup

    THE GNOME PROJECT has released Gnome 3.12, the latest version of the heavyweight Linux desktop environment, which adds support for better displays and faster startup times.

  • Gnome 3.12 review – work Ubuntu could have benefited from
  • GNOME 3.12 Released with Major Features, New Apps, IRC Client

    Earlier today GNOME 3.12 has been released, bringing major new features, several redesigned programs and three new applications: Logs, Sound Recorder and Polari.

Misc.

04.01.14

Links: Latest Reports on Modernised (Digitised) Oppression

Posted in News Roundup at 9:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GCHQ

Huawei

Snowden and Greenwald

Staged ‘Leaks’ (Washington Post)

  • Greenwald goads NSA over ‘staged leaks’

    Reeling from the leak of classified data, NSA officials have anticipated future leaks by sometimes announcing them to the media preemptively, a minimization tactic according to one of the journalists still holding the intel agency’s documents.

  • The NSA’s Been Spying on Every Single Call, Text, and Email in Iraq

    A couple weeks ago, we learned from leaked documents that the NSA has the capability to record an entire country’s calls, texts, and email in real time. That’s a hell of a capability, and those documents revealed that it was being used in one country. Now, thanks to a retired NSA leader, we know which country that is: Iraq.

  • Ex-NSA Official Breezily Reveals Details Of NSA Surveillance Capabilities In Iraq

    The entire article is a weak (and grossly transparent) attempt to recast General Keith Alexander’s legacy — and thus it seems that Inglis, Alexander and the NSA have no problem at all revealing the details of its capabilities in Iraq when the entire purpose in doing so is an attempt to show how good Alexander was for the NSA. Rest assured, however, had the same bit of information come out from one of the reporters with access to the Snowden documents, the NSA and all its defenders would be screaming as loud as possible about how the publication of such information would cost lives and create immense damage to American interests while aiding our enemies. Yet, apparently, it’s all fine and dandy to reveal such information… when it’s part of the effort to canonize the NSA retired leader.

  • NSA Leaks Secret Program to Brag About NSA

    The former head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, has claimed numerous times that Edward Snowden’s leaks about the NSA’s vast spying programs on innocent American citizens and overseas allies has put the U.S. at serious risk.

‘Reform’

  • Smart psychoanalysis: What your metadata can tell the NSA about you

    One of the expected concessions to civil society is the promise to leave records at the telephone companies, so that the government would allegedly be able to obtain them only in an emergency situation. But in the cold light of the day, records will still be kept. So, what could the ‘metadata’ –information on personal phone calls, claimed to contain no names or content – reveal to the NSA or just to the people who have access to them?

  • IT, Security Questions Linger for Telecoms Contemplating Obama’s NSA Plan

    A proposal that would require telecom companies to store phone records and make them easily accessible to the U.S. government may not be an insurmountable IT challenge, analysts say. But should that proposal become law, the way companies choose to implement the needed technology raises a number of questions about how that data will be transmitted and secured, and what steps telecoms will take to protect customer privacy.

  • Contracting and Expanding the NSA’s Powers

    A few plans are now on the table. There is the USA Freedom Act (Leahy-Sensenbrenner bill), the House Intelligence Committee Bill and the President’s own proposal. The latter has yet to find legislative form. President Obama’s proposal involves allowing phone companies to retain their databases of records in standardised, interoperable format. The focus on storage will shift from government agencies to telephony companies. The NSA would, in obtaining access, have to seek an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In turn, the FISC would have to be satisfied that the records pertained to a person connected with a terrorist organisation.

  • Senate NSA critic urges Barack Obama to end bulk data collection now

    Ron Wyden, the senator who is a leading voice in attempts to rein in the National Security Agency, has urged President Barack Obama to order an immediate halt to the bulk collection of domestic telephone metadata records.

  • NSA head Gen. Keith Alexander steps down, stays mum on Snowden affair

    Gen. Keith Alexander, the head of the US high-profile National Security Agency, stepped down from his post Friday, amid turmoil at the besieged spy agency.

  • NSA reform plans seek to offer similar data to investigators without bulk collection

    Some other proposals to eliminate bulk data collection, but still offer the same sort of data on potential terrorists and their phone calls have now surfaced. One of the plans is offered by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and backed by Obama. It would require a new authority to be created that would duplicate the core capability of the NSA program without having to collect bulk data.

  • Feinstein Pushes Court Approvals for NSA Phone Records Bill

    Senate intelligence committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein said she supports requiring court approval for all searches of U.S. telephone records, setting the stage for a legislative fight over how to rein in the powers of the National Security Agency.

Satire

Response From Business

Toward Real NSA Reform

  • Victory! NSA water records to be released in Utah

    This month, the Utah State Records Committee ruled that the City of Bluffdale must release water records pertaining to the massive NSA data center located there.

  • What I Told the NSA
  • NSA class action reaches critical mass

    Indeed, we have gone a long way down the road of violating American’s basic civil rights, as most recently revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden who exposed the National Security Agency’s massive spy program, which Judge Richard J. Leon ruled Dec. 16, 2013, a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and “almost-Orwellian.” This egregious violation of the privacy rights of American citizens has prompted Freedom Watch to file for class action certification in its epic lawsuit against the NSA, the first of its kind, in order to open it up to all the Americans whose constitutional rights have been defiled. The new class action suit expands the allegations of constitutional violations to include the NSA’s collection of Internet metadata, social media and its spying on overseas phone calls under its so-called PRISM program.

RSA

Privacy

  • As homes plug in to Internet, hackers plug into homes

    TO keep an eye on his child via his smartphone, Marc Gilbert installed Internet-connected video baby monitors in his home in Houston. One evening, Gilbert heard a stranger’s voice bellowing obscenities from the monitor. He disconnected the device after realizing that it had been hacked.

PRISM

Back Doors

Torture

Drones

  • Request for details of CIA chief’s visit turned down

    The Defence Ministry refused on Monday to share details of CIA chief’s visit to Pakistan with the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.

    The committee had asked for details of the visit of CIA Director John Brennan to Pakistan in the last week of February for meetings with Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif and ISI Director General Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam.

  • NATO mission fails in Afghanistan due to its wrong military priorities
  • The President as Pharaoh: Drones reveal hardness of heart

    There are many other arenas where we could explore the tension between proclaimed individual values and the contradiction of policies which emanate from the White House. The one I wish to focus on is the use of drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – now becoming the go-to strategy for fighting “the war on terror”, even as that name has now fallen out of favor.

  • Yemenis affected by U.S. drone strikes to launch victims’ union
  • International ‘Days of Action’ Campaign Aims at Permanent Halt to U.S. Drone Strikes, Drone Spying and Targeted Killing
  • ‘Killer Robots’: A New Era of Warfare?

    Drone missiles may have prompted outcry from international human rights groups and controversy in the media, but unmanned air vehicles could be on the verge of being upstaged by a new weapon on the block: Lethal Autonomous Robotics (LARs). This emerging breed of technology will be able to select a target, aim and fire with no intervention from human beings beyond programming and deployment. War could be about to get a lot cheaper, a lot less bloody… and a lot more frequent.

  • In Times of Government Surveillance, Whose ‘Security’ Is at Stake?

    The drone assassination campaigns are one device by which state policy knowingly endangers security. The same is true of murderous special-forces operations. And of the invasion of Iraq, which sharply increased terror in the West, confirming the predictions of British and American intelligence.

  • Drone debate

    Armed drones, more than any other weapons system, need international regulation because their very nature makes it easier to stealthily wage war. Since the use of drones can cancel out the need for boots on the ground, they can be used to target countries even when the attacker has not declared war on them. Pakistan, along with Yemen, has most suffered from this new kind of war that drones facilitate and so it is no surprise that we have consistently taken the lead at international forums to have the drone war declared illegal and the use of the weapon be strictly regulated by the UN.

  • Local Views: Urge Washington to stop drone attacks

    What would you do if you witnessed someone killing innocent people? Would you be brave enough to do something to make them stop? We all hope we would be that brave. But if that “someone” is our government and the weapons are missiles and unmanned aerial drones, it seems that our answer is different.

  • Lynch Law: The Root of US Imperialism

    The political and economic foundation of the United States is built on the corpses of legal lynching, or “lynch law”. Without the genocide and enslavement of Black and indigenous peoples, the US capitalist class could not have amassed its profits, wealth, or power. Following the passage of the 13th Amendment that supposedly ended Black chattel slavery at the close of the Civil War, the US capitalist class moved quickly to reorganize the capitalist economy so newly “freed” Blacks would remain enslaved. Convict-leasing, sharecropping, and legalized segregation ensured Black exploitation and white power. These brutal forms of exploitation were kept intact by white terrorism in the form of lynching.

Civil Rights

War

  • America is the Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World – Where Are the Calls for Boycotts and Sanctions?
  • The Unknown Known: Errol Morris’ New Doc Tackles Unrepentant Iraq War Architect Donald Rumsfeld

    Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris joins us to talk about his new film, “The Unknown Known,” based on 33 hours of interviews with former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The title refers to an infamous press briefing in 2002 when Rumsfeld faced questions from reporters about the lack of evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. “The Unknown Known” is Morris’ 10th documentary feature. He won a Best Documentary Oscar for his film “The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara.” His other films include “Standard Operating Procedure,” about alleged U.S. torture of terror suspects in Abu Ghraib prison, and “The Thin Blue Line,” about the wrongful conviction of Randall Adams for the murder of a Dallas policeman. The release of “The Unknown Known” comes in a month marking 11 years since the U.S. invaded Iraq, leaving an estimated half a million Iraqis dead, along with at least 4,400 American troops.

  • Wall Street Journal ♥ Pakistani Army

    The Journal leaves out one other parallel with Vietnam: war crimes. The Pakistan army is responsible for disappearances, unlawful detention, extrajudicial killing, bombardment of villages, and mass displacement of Pakistan’s tribal peoples..

  • Viral meme says United States has ‘invaded’ 22 countries in the past 20 years

    A Facebook meme argues that Americans are pretty two-faced when it comes to Russia’s recent annexation of Crimea.

    The meme says, “22 Countries Invaded by the U.S. in 20 Years. Russia Does It and Everyone Loses Their Mind,” illustrating its point with a photograph of Heath Ledger’s Joker character from Batman movie The Dark Knight.

    A reader asked us to check this claim, so we did. Fortunately, the post that accompanied the meme listed the nations that had been “invaded,” along with the years of the purported invasion.

Intervention

Screenshots: Ubuntu Family (Beta 2), Tails 0.23

Posted in News Roundup at 6:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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