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Russia Picks ReactOS As Second OS For Software Freedom

Russia has named various open-source mobile, desktop, and server operating systems to substitute for vendor lock-in / proprietary software currently in use. Interestingly, besides Linux dominating the list, Russia has been evaluating ReactOS -- the project that's long been seeking to be an open-source implementation of Windows.

19 June 2015 - Open-Source Windows - 18 Comments
Calamares 1.1-RC1 Distribution Installer Released

Version 1.1-RC1 of the Calamares Linux distribution installer framework is now available. This distribution-independent installer has garnered the interest of Manjaro, Kubuntu, and others seeking to make a more unified, better Linux installer. With Calamares 1.1, more features are coming.

11 June 2015 - Calamares Installer Framework - 9 Comments
HHVM Is Now Running Even Faster, Beating PHP7 By Wider Margins

The Facebook team working on the HHVM project for being a faster PHP interpreter and powering their Hack language have just come out of a two-week, open-source performance lockdown. Over the past two weeks they focused on making strides to make HHVM's compelling performance even better.

9 June 2015 - HHVM vs. PHP 7 - 6 Comments
Another HTTPS Vulnerability Rattles The Internet

Another HTTPS vulnerability has started to make its rounds earlier this morning. Dubbed Logjam by its researchers, the vulnerability stems from the US's encryption export mandate back in the 1990s. This particular vulnerability, in the transport-layer security layer protocol, breaks the Diffie-Hellman perfect forward-secrecy. Susceptibility to the vulnerability is depended on servers and clients supporting the DHE_EXPORT encryption scheme, or using a key less-than-or-equal to 1024 bits.

20 May 2015 - HTTPS - 14 Comments
The Increasing Problem Of FOSS Mailing List Flooding Attacks

This is a guest post by Tom Li, a Phoronix reader wishing to share his views on the increasing problems of free/open-source software public mailing lists being flooded with spam and other garbage. There are some extreme situations where there can be "flooding attacks" of list subscribers receiving thousands of mailing list messages per day from attackers. Tom is hoping the open-source community can come up with better solutions to fend off this problem.

10 May 2015 - Flooding Attacks - 18 Comments
The State Of The Lima/Tamil Driver Code

For those wondering about the state of the Lima and Tamil graphics drivers for providing open-source, accelerated support to ARM Mali graphics processors, Luc Verhaegen has written a new blog post after being silent for a while.

23 April 2015 - Lima Driver - 32 Comments
Git 2.4.0-rc0 Does A Ton Of Polishing

An early preview release of Git 2.4 is now available but it doesn't add too many features as this cycle has organically found itself doing a ton of polishing and bug fixing.

26 March 2015 - Git 2.4 - 1 Comment
Plymouth Graphical Boot System Sees Rare Update

Most Linux distributions now use Plymouth as their graphical boot system / splash screen that leverages DRM/KMS kernel support. While many Linux distributions rely on Plymouth, there hasn't been a formal release in the better part of a year -- until yesterday.

18 March 2015 - Plymouth 0.9.2 - 3 Comments

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