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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

kthreadd Re:No offense to Unbuntu but.... (231 comments)

Plus, RedHat are the one pushing for new and untested systemd. That's another example of something you don't expect of a stable server distribution.

It's not new and untested, it's been used in at least Fedora since Fedora 15.

No, RedHat is not 'cool' or stable. They're fishing for consulting dollars, and they're trying to monopolize Linux mindshare by pushing systemd (themselves being the authors), and injecting it as a dependency everywhere else.

Yeah exactly, Red Hat supports a project that they ships as part of their product. That's outrageous, or something.

2 days ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

kthreadd Re:64-bit support (112 comments)

Oh, my mistake. Wrong browser. :-)

2 days ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

kthreadd Re:64-bit support (112 comments)

It is 64 bit, check about:buildconfig.

2 days ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

kthreadd Re:One word: Minecraft (507 comments)

Take an extra look at your Minecraft folder. There's lots of native libraries there. Java is only used for the top UI layer.

5 days ago
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Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

kthreadd Re:hum (116 comments)

The problem is that Richard Stallman is a fucking egocentric hypocrite and the gpl contract should be voided. If a company took a look at how the gpl code worked and then came up with a brand new algorithm with the same results as the gpl it would still be considered gpl code which is ridiculous.

Yes that is ridiculous, that's why it doesn't work that way.

Linux has no unix code(different algorithms but same results) but it looks like unix and it runs like unix, wouldn't this be a violation of unix patents?

Patents has not a lot to do with copyright.

about two weeks ago
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Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

kthreadd Re:Downgrades (116 comments)

GPL and LGPL is not OSS, it's free software which is fundamentally different from OSS. It considers the user to be more free by eliminating the risk that someone will restrict them. It does not consider freedom to restrict freedom as something positive, rather it's negative in the freedom dimension.

about two weeks ago
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Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

kthreadd Re:Tivoization (116 comments)

Contributing your changes upstream was of course a good thing to do but you actually didn't have to. You have misunderstood the GPL. It only requires that you pass on the freedoms when you distribute the software. Therefore, if you don't distribute the program then you don't have to distribute your modifications. And if you distribute your program then you only have to pass on the source code to whoever you distribute it to, not who you got it from.

about two weeks ago
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Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

kthreadd Re:Tivoization (116 comments)

There's nothing in the LGPL that prevent you from linking statically. Static linking is not even mentioned. You just have to be able to relink it, so shipping your object files is fine. That's essentially why VLC moved to LGPL, they wanted to be compatible with Apple's mobile app store where it has to be linked statically.

The simple solution is of course trivial, license your program under a compatible license.

about two weeks ago
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Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

kthreadd Re:Authors' consent (116 comments)

It's still up to the maintainer, which is even stated in the first paragraph on the gnu.org page that you linked to.

about two weeks ago
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Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

kthreadd Re:Tivoization (116 comments)

Nothing prevents you from using the free software version of Qt commercially. You are probably confusing commercial with proprietary.

about two weeks ago
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Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

kthreadd Re:Downgrades (116 comments)

The GPL and LGPL does not define freedom as being free to restrict users. It your license allows that then it's not as free as a license which prohibits it.

about two weeks ago
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Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

kthreadd Re:Tivoization (116 comments)

RHEL is not dual licensed and Red Hat makes quite a lot of money on it by selling services around it. They even sell self supported versions where all you get is the software, but having a trusted party make the binaries for you can also be seen as a service.

about two weeks ago
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Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

kthreadd Re:What about OSS license that respects other righ (116 comments)

I'm on board with OSS. But I don't think it goes far enough. The right to modify the code you run is a good one. But I am calling for OSS licenses to pick up another clause, the Zero-Kill clause, where in using the software in any weapons platform (be it sniper rifles or predator drones) is forbidden. People should have the right to not fear being killed by open source software.

Additionally, I am calling for another clause to protect human rights. People should be free from fear that OSS will be used to restrict their freedoms in other ways. This includes forbidding use of the software for censorship or oppression.

Both of those clauses would be incompatible with the definition of open source, especially regarding no discrimination against fields of endeavor. You're of course free to create and use such license, but keep in mind that it won't be considered open source and that a lot of people won't be able to use it.

about two weeks ago
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Qt Upgrades From LGPLv2.1 to LGPLv3

kthreadd Re:Downgrades (116 comments)

LGPLv3 is the version after LGPLv2.1. A downgrade would be if they had moved from LGPLv3 to LGPLv2.1.

about two weeks ago
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Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach

kthreadd Re:It's not like they've had 5 months to fix it... (89 comments)

It depends. If your operating system bundled the library and happened to ship it without the heartbeat feature enabled or included then it was also fine.

about two weeks ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

kthreadd Re:Why do we need Auto? (192 comments)

Auto does not mean loose typing. It still has a type, you just don't have to write it but it will be there and will be enforced by the compiler.

about two weeks ago

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Scientists extract RSA key from GnuPG using sound of CPU

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 8 months ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "In their research paper titled RSA Key Extraction via Low-Bandwidth Acoustic Cryptanalysis Daniel Genkin, Adi Shamir and Eran Tromer et. all. present a method for extracting decryption keys from the GnuPG security suite using an interesting side-channel attack. By analysing the acoustic sound made by the CPU they were able to extract a 4096 bit RSA key in about an hour. A modern mobile phone placed next to the computer is sufficient to carry out the attack, but up to four meters have been successfully tested using specially designed microphones."
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GNOME 3.10 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Version 3.10 of the GNOME software collection has been released. New in this release is improved support for Wayland, the upcoming X replacement. The system status menus have been consolidated into one single menu. Many of the applications in GNOME now features header bars instead of title bars, which merges the titlebar and toolbar into a single element and allows applications to offer more dynamic user interfaces. GNOME now also includes an application for searching, browsing and installing applications called Software. Several other new applications have also been added to GNOME including Music, Photos, Notes and Maps."
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FreeBSD 8.4 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The FreeBSD project has released version 8.4 of the free operating system with the same name. Highlights of this version is GNOME 2.32.1, KDE 4.10.1. In this release focus has been put on improving stability and storage capability. The ZFS filesystem has been updated to support feature flags for ZFS pools, asynchronous destruction of ZFS datasets, LZ4 compression and ZIO NOP-write optimization. Also, support has been added for all shipping LSI storage controllers."
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MongoDB exposes user-triggable NULL pointer dereference

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "A slightly upset bug report has been submitted to the MondoDB project about certain problematic sections in the source code.

Step 8. REALIZE I CAN CRASH 99% OF ALL WEB 3.9 SHIT-TASTIC WEBSCALE MONGO-DEPLOYING SERVICES WITH 16 BYTE POST

The bug has been confirmed and is actively investigated."
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Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The Debian project has released version 7.0 (codename "Wheezy") of their popular free software distribution. A major new feature in this release is multi-arch support, simplifying installation of packages for different architectures on the same system. The installation system has also seen a lot of improvements; it now allows Debian to be installed using software speech. It also supports installation on UEFI for the AMD64 architecture, although not yet with "Secure Boot." The Linux kernel has been upgraded to version 3.2 and the FreeBSD kernel is available in both version 8.3 and 9.0. Most packages has also been updated to newer versions."
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GTK+ 3.8 Released with support for Wayland

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Version 3.8 of the GTK+ GUI framework has been released in version 3.8. A new feature in GTK+ 3.8 is support for Wayland 1.0, the display server that will replace X on free desktops. Among the other new featurs are improved support for themeing, fixes to the geometry management and improved accessibility. There is also better support for touch, as part of a long going effort in making GTK+ touch-aware."
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Minix 3.2.1 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Minix, originally designed as an example for teaching operating system theory which was both inspiration and cause for the creation of Linux has just been released as version 3.2.1. Major new features include full support for shared libraries and improved support for USB devices such as keyboards, mice and mass storage devices. The system has received many performance improvements and several userland tools have been imported from NetBSD."
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Red Hat has just released version 6.4 of its enterprise Linux distribution. According to the release notes the new version contains full support for parallel NFS and guest support for Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization among other things. KVM users will also benefit from the inclusion of virtio-SCSI, which makes it possible to connect directly to SCSI LUNs and offers better scalability compared to virtio-blk."
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Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Luis Villa has an interesting discussion on the topic of not licensing at all, what he calls POSS or Post Open Source Software. With a flood of new hackers flocking to places like GitHub which doesn't impose any particular requirements for hosted projects, the future of Open Source may very well be diminishing. Skip licensing, just commit to GitHub. What legal ramifications will this have on the free and open source community going forward?"
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CentOS 5.9 Released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 derivitive CentOS version 5.9 has been released just 10 days after its upstream provider. According to the release notes a number of changes have been made. New packages available in CentOS 5.9 includes for example OpenJDK 7 and Rsyslog 5. Several drivers have also been updated in the kernel which has been updated to version 2.6.18-348, including support for Microsoft's virtualization environment Hyper-V."
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Yet another Java zero-day exploit

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Looks like there's yet another exploit for Java available on Pastebin. It affects the latest version of Java 7, whch is Java 7 update 10. An example exists that launches calc.exe on the victim's computer. Disable applets in your browser if you have Java installed."
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GNOME (et al): Rotting In Threes

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "In a relative long blog post IgnorantGuru describes how projects like GNOME, GTK+, Unity and KDE have stopped focusing on the user and what repercussion that has on the Linux desktop.

I have never gotten into the KDE vs GNOME debates, so this is not GNOME bashing, nor, as you’ll soon see, are these systemic development problems limited to GNOME. Yet what I’m hearing is that with GNOME v3 the goal is to promote their “brand” and make it dominant, in part by greatly limiting what users can change on their own systems, and partly by breaking or simply removing whatever support they’re no longer promoting as ‘The Way’. The reach of this selfish and narrow-sighted development goes beyond GNOME and affects GTK apps in general.

The Linux desktop has for long been composed of several interchangeable and combinable components. This means that every Linux desktop does not necessarily look and feel exactly the same, giving the user the choice to optimize the desktop to his or her preference.

Getting in deeper, not only are GNOME devs content to break their own desktop, but they want features removed from apps simply because GNOME no longer supports them!

It can be argued that Linux is not about choice and that backwards compatibility can not always be preserved. Hackers are free to use their time to do what they want to do, but when some of the most important projects prioritize their brand higher than the user it is time to think about what we are loosing as a community."
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Apple Fires VP of iOS Software After Mapgate

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Scott Forstall, the senior vice president of iOS software is leaving Apple due to the the massive problems with the Maps app in iOS 6. Forstall has been a key figure at Apple since the iPhone first appeared in 2007, known for his eager personality and resemblance to Steve Jobs. However the recent debacle around the iOS 6 Maps app was one misstep too much. This is a good opportunity for Microsoft and Google, both likely to hire the man with the insight into the future of iOS."
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GNOME 3.6 released

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Mostly bug fixes and improved translations. New applications include Clocks and Boxes. Clocks is a world time clock, which allows you to keep an eye on what the local time is around the world. Boxes allows you to connect to other machines, either virtual or remote. For developers there's the new GtkLevelBar widget in GTK+, and GtkEntry can now use Pango attributes."
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Man moves to US and is told to repurchase all apps

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  about 2 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "Andreas Fredriksson describes the downside of app stores when moving between countries:

I recently moved from Sweden to the US. Now that my bank is here in the US, I switched my Apple account over to the US region.

Doing so made everything under “Purchases” and “Updates” disappear in the Mac App Store. After a long frustrating email exchange I was told by the App Store support that apps are tied to a region, so if you have downloaded an app in one region it’s forever tied to that region. Their message was: You have to keep your account in the Swedish region to receive updates. Note that this applies even to free stuff like Twitter!"

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Google acquires Sparrow

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kthreadd writes "The makers of the popular Mac and iOS email client Sparrow just announced that they have been acquired by Google. This will likely mean that better email handling will go into Android."
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GRUB 1.99 released with support for ZFS and BtrFS

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "GNU GRUB has been updated to version 1.99. Among the many improvements are support for two new filesystems, BtrFS and ZFS. For Linux users this means that it's now possible to move to BtrFS entirely and not use it only for non-bootable volumes."
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LLVM Debugger Subproject Sees Light of Day

kthreadd kthreadd writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kthreadd (1558445) writes "The LLVM project is now working on a debugger called LLDB which is already faster than GDB and could be a possible alternative in the future for C, C++ and Objective-C developers. With the ongoing success of Clang and other LLVM subprojects is the days of GNU as the mainstream free and open development toolchain passé?"
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