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Report: Open Source Vulnerabilities Rampant in Popular Projects

Open source vulnerabilities rose by nearly 50 percent in 2019 over the previous year, based on a new report. Common vulnerabilities rated as high or critical severity were found in all of the most popular open source projects, according to the WhiteSource 2020 annual report, "The State of Open Sourc...

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Is the Shade Coming Down on the Windows Era?

If the human brain can be compared to a search engine, it seems fair to say that most of us tend to scan the news each day for search terms and phrases that support our existing point of view. That, indeed, could explain why a recent post over at the Linux Foundation has drawn so much attention on ...

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Dueling Droids: When 2 Is Greater Than X

Summer was a Droid double-header for Motorola. The company opted to follow up last year's successful original Droid launch by introducing not one but two sequels: The Droid X, followed by the Droid 2. When I first heard this, I started to believe Motorola was having a numerological crisis, unable to...

Is Dell Getting Its Android On?

Dell is reportedly building an Android smartphone for AT&T. If the rumor should prove true, it would mean significant advances for both companies. It would be AT&T's first offering built on the open source mobile operating system developed by Google. Android made a strong start out of the gate, and ...

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An Autumnal Tour of Linux Workshops

As the days get shorter and temperatures get cooler here in the northern hemisphere, it's clear Linux geeks' thoughts have begun to turn to the many delights of the season. Yes, there are pumpkins, hay rides and apple pie aplenty as October wears on, but for real Linux geeks, one of the keenest joys...

Verizon, Google Forge Powerful Android Alliance

A strategic partnership between Google and Verizon Wireless will yield two new Android phones in the coming weeks, the companies' chiefs jointly announced Tuesday. Speaking in a conference call, Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt and Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said that their first two And...

Google Lashes Out at Android Dev

Google sent shock waves through the Android community late last week by launching a cease-and-desist order at well-regarded modder Cyanogen for bundling some of its closed-source applications with his CyanogenMod ROM. CyanogenMod is a free, heavily optimized build of Android 1.5r2 that focuses on pe...

Nokia Tosses Another OSS OS Into the Mobile Mix

Nokia on Thursday announced the N900 smartphone, a mobile device running the Linux-based Maemo operating system that the company typically uses for its tablets. The device runs a Mozilla-based browser and offers still and video photography, an FM radio and 3.5G and WLAN connectivity. Maemo is the op...

Is Dell Building an Android PDA?

Here's one of the many questions facing device makers targeting the mini notebook and netbook markets: When business users or consumers want to access the Web on the go, will they be willing to set aside a smartphone or cellphone and instead log on using a next-generation PDA? Dell may be wagering t...

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Conspiracy Theories and the ‘Smoking Gun’

Linux bloggers are never shy about laying blame at Microsoft's door, but in recent days the accusations seemed to be flying faster than ever. First, Groklaw published a post entitled, "Linux on Netbooks: The Smoking Gun." Referring to a post from earlier this month by ZDNet's Dana Blankenhorn, Grokl...

The Flying Penguin: Linux In-Flight Entertainment Systems

If you've used an in-flight entertainment system, known in the airline industry as an "IFE," to watch movies, listen to music, or order food lately, chances are it used Linux as an operating system. You might not know that Linux is the operating system behind what you see on your screen, but it prob...

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Open Source to Go

The age of mobile computing is upon us. Small form-factor laptops, even smaller netbooks and smartphones keep us continuously connected with colleagues, family, friends and our bosses around the clock. These mobile gadgets make it possible to take all of our data with us wherever we go. Mobile techn...

New Version of Xen Hypervisor Hits the Streets

Xen.org, the developer of the open source Xen project, on Wednesday announced the release of the Xen 3.3 hypervisor engine. The product is the result of a distributed development effort by senior engineers from more than 50 leading hardware, software and security vendors. Xen 3.3 includes enhancemen...

Verizon Under the Gun for GPL Infringement

The Software Freedom Law Center is challenging Verizon's use of BusyBox open source code in the wireless routers provided to its FiOS customers. SFLC has filed suit against Verizon in the U.S. District Court of New York on behalf of BusyBox developers Erik Andersen and Rob Landley, alleging that the...

Mozilla Minimo 0.2 Enters Crowded Mobile Browser Market

Mozilla fans can now download the latest version of the Minimo mobile browser to their smartphones. News of the release of Minimo 0.2 came last week as a posting on project leader Doug Turner's blog "DougT's Ramblings." This may, however, be the last Minimo release for a while, according to several...

Linux-Optimized Laptops: Does the Hardware Matter?

Even though interest in server-side Linux has been steadily growing in enterprises and organizations around the world, desktop and laptop-based Linux solutions have faced a steady series of uphill climbs. For starters, demand for end-user and consumer Linux operating systems is sporadic at best, par...

The Secret Life of Embedded Linux

Consumers and enterprise workers will not likely soon see cute marketing labels such as "Linux Inside" or images of penguins pasted on the outer casings of their favorite entertainment and communications products. Nor will products they buy be touted as using Linux in advertising campaigns. Regardle...

New Kace Tools Support Red Hat Enterprise 5.0

IT management firm Kace released this week an enhanced version of its Kbox 1000 series systems management appliances. While previous versions of the Kbox supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4, a key component of the latest Kbox release is enhanced support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0, which...

Linux Security: A Big Edge Over Windows

As consumers experiment with the Linux operating system and consider switching from Windows, the first carryover they expect to find is applications for virus and spyware protection. However, few exist because Linux does not need them. Nearly all Linux distributions bundle a firewall package, but th...

What Flavors of Linux Work Best for You?

Linux has long been a contender in the corporate world to Windows. In addition, consumer interest is on the rise for this free, open source alternative to Windows or the Macintosh OS. Linux developed along similar lines as Windows in terms of GUI and performance capabilities with one major distinct...

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