Linux has found a new home: in your wallet. The Linux Foundation is now offering a platinum rewards Linux credit card complete with the Tux penguin on the front.
The Linux Foundation receives a percentage of every purchase made with the card, as well $50 for every new card activation.
"All funds from the Visa card program will go directly towards providing community technical events and providing travel grants for open source community members in order to accelerate Linux innovation."
There are two designs to choose from, both with Tux on the front and both with the same features (no annual fee, zero liability protection, etc). However, it's only available to U.S. residents, which isn't likely to change "due to a lack of partners to work with to expand the program to other countries."
The Russian government is looking to develop and deploy an operating system to compete with Microsoft Windows, Yahoo reports. The new OS is intended to reduce the dependency of Russian business on the Redmond company. Russian lawmakers also cited security as a concern. To complete this project, Russia is earmarking the equivalent of $4.9 million.
The as-yet unnamed OS will be based on the Linux operating system, but many feel this course of action has the potential to result in a poorly designed and supported operating system. This whole thing comes in shades of North Korea's Red Star Linux if you ask us. With high piracy rates in Russia, it may be harder than expected to get businesses to move to this new option.
The decision was taken following a rift between Canonical and GNOME over certain design issues. "We were part of the GNOME shell design discussion, we put forward our views and they were not embraced by designers," Shuttleworth said at the ongoing Ubuntu Developer Summit.
"We took a divergent view from the GNOME shell folks on key design issues, for example how application menus should appear on the system, how one should search to find applications, [and] how one's favorite applications should be presented."
However, users will be allowed to install GNOME through Ubuntu’s software installation program. Natty Narwhal is scheduled to be released in April, 2011.
It’s the tenth day of the tenth month of the tenth year, and the folks over at Canonical have released Ubuntu 10.10. Coincidence? We think not. Clever marketing aside the new OS release offers up a custom Unity desktop interface optimized for lower resolution netbooks, 2GB of free online storage, and even multi-touch support if you have the right hardware. An interesting new revenue approach is also being explored this time around which will introduce paid support options, along with the ability to stream music to Android and iPhone devices for a nominal fee.
The early reviews are starting to come in and it sounds like Maverick Meerkat is a worthy successor for anyone who’s been waiting to give Linux a try. The CD sized ISO can be downloaded directly from the Ubuntu homepage, or you can fire up your favorite torrent app and help carry the load. That is why you installed uTorrent after all isn’t it? Don’t forget if you’re not the adventurous type you can always use that ISO to give the OS a try without installing, or even have it configure a multi boot to run side by side with your copy of Windows.
Have you given 10.10 a try? If so give us your impressions after the jump.
Canonical remains on course to deliver the next major Ubuntu release, 10.10 aka “Maverick Meerkat,” on October 10, having reached the final development milestone: the Release Candidate. The London-based outfit has announced the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 10.10, which is “complete, stable, and suitable” apart from minor bugs that will be fixed before the final release.
The RC features version 2.32 of the GNOME desktop environment, a faster and cleaner boot process, and a vastly improved Software Center. The whole list of new features can be found here.
“Codenamed “Maverick Meerkat”, 10.10 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution,” Canonical said in the announcement.
First unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January this year, Lenovo's IdeaPad U1 hybrid tablet laptop seems to be taking forever to show up in stores. The latest delay has pushed back the launch of the U1 to 2011. The Chinese PC maker attributes the delay to the U1 not being up to the company's standards. Chinese consumers will the be the first ones to lay their hands on the redesigned product when it makes its retail debut next year.
We don't know what the IdeaPad U1 would look like after Lenovo is done revising it as per the company's quality standards, but we do know what it was originally meant to be: an 11.6-inch laptop with a display that doubled up as a Snapdragon-powered tablet when detached from the mother unit.
If you run a 64-bit version of Linux, take note, your system may be vulnerable to attack. Red Hat recently announced an exploit that would allow a local, unprivileged user to escalate their privileges, and while there are published workarounds, they may not completely plug up the security hole.
"The published workarounds that we've seen, including the workaround recommended by Red Hat, can themselves be worked around by an attack to still exploit the system," Jeff Arnold, CEO of Ksplice, said in a blog post. "For now, to be responsible and avoid helping attackers, we don't want to provide those technical details publicly; we've contacted Red Hat and other vendors with the details and we'll cover them in a future blog post, in a few weeks."
In the mean time, Ksplice -- which isn't a free service, but does offer a free trial -- can be used to receive advance notice of upcoming patches.
"Although it might seem self-serving, I do know of one sure way to fix this vulnerability right away on running production systems, and it doesn’t even require you to reboot: you can (for free) download Ksplice Uptrack and fully update any of the distributions that we support (We support RHEL, CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, Parallels Virtuozzo Containers, OpenVZ, and CloudLinux," Arnold explains. "For high profile updates like this one, Ksplice optionally makes available an update for your distribution before your distribution officially releases a new kernel). We provide a free 30-day trial of Ksplice Uptrack on our website, and you can use this free trial to protect your systems, even if you cannot arrange to reboot anytime soon. It’s the best that we can do to help in this situation, and I hope that it’s useful to you."
Keep in mind that if an attacker has already comprised one of your Linux rigs, updating the system won't do a lick of good by itself since the exploit installs a backdoor. You can use this test tool to find out for sure.
Linus Torvalds, who has been living in the United States since 1997 and has two children born in America, is now officially an American citizen himself.
"Yeah, yeah, we should probably have done the citizenship thing a long time ago, since we've been here long enough (and two of the kids are U.S. citizens by virtue of being born here), but anybody who has had dealings with the INS will likely want to avoid any more of them, and maybe things have gotten better with a new name and changes, but nothing has really made feel like I really need that paperwork and headache again," Torvalds explained in a blog post.
In addition to fathering two children, Torvalds is also recognized as the father of Linux, the open source project he presented to the world in September, 1991 when he uploaded the first version of Linux, version 0.01. The rest, as they say, is history.
The right to vote played a part in Torvald's decision to finally become a U.S. citizen. In an interview with NetworkWorld.com, Torvalds pointed out that "Being an alien means that you can't vote, and seeing all the news being about the presidential election (and all the streets here locally littered with signs about the local school bond) tends to remind you about the issue."
"Broadcom would like to announce the initial release of a fully-open Linux driver for its latest generation of 11n chipsets," Broadcom announced late last week. "The driver, while still a work in progress, is released as full source and uses the native mac80211 stack."
Broadcom went on to say that the drivers support multiple current chips (BCM4313, BCM43224, BCM43225) while also providing a framework for supporting additional chips in the future, like the mac80211-aware embedded parts.