At first glance, Microsoft’s decision to go with UEFI instead of BIOS seemed like a decent security-minded step. Microsoft plans on requiring that all PCs shipping with Windows 8 implement the secure boot option included in recent UEFI specifications. That’s good, right? It stops malware from playing around with the boot path and disabling antivirus programs! The smiles faded into looks of concern when it was pointed out that a PC with only OEM and Microsoft secure boot keys couldn’t launch Linux distros. The ‘Net raged, and yesterday, Microsoft responded to the allegation.
A shaky economy didn't stop Red Hat from raking in the cash during its second quarter ended August 31, 2011, and may have actually contributed to the open source software maker's explosive growth. Red Hat reported more than $281 million in total revenue for Q2, up 28 percent from one year prior. Give most of the credit to subscription revenue, which also ballooned 28 percent year-over-year to $238.3 million.
Despite claiming that Linux infringes on over 235 of its patents for a number of years now, Microsoft has always promised to deal with competitors that make Linux-based products with a fair degree of restraint. Of course, this only applies as long as such competitors don’t “free ride on our innovations” and refuse to sign licensing deals (case in point: Motorola). Anyways, this approach seems to be producing the desired results as more and more companies are falling in line. The latest company to sign a Linux patent-protection deal with Microsoft happens to be Casio.
Linux end users may not have to worry about malware too often, but apparently, folks who like to roll their own code still draw the attention of hackers. Kernel.org, the online repository of the Linux kernel, is reporting that it fell victim to a security breach in August. Don’t start screaming and unplugging your Ubuntu PCs just quite yet, though – the administrators believe the attack only compromised users who accessed the kernel.org site, and not the Linux source code itself.
Birthdays tend to make a person feel old, and not just the person celebrating them, but those who remember when it all began. And since we mentioned that Windows XP turned 10 years old earlier this week, it's only fair that we pay homage to Linux, the open source ideal Linus Torvald first shared on the UseNet newsgroup "comp.os.minix" 20 years ago yesterday.
Microsoft makes Windows, a closed source platform. Suse builds open source Linux distros aimed at enterprise users. On the surface, these two would appear the unlikely couple, but the two companies just renewed a pact dating back to 2006 that has Microsoft purchasing and reselling Suse licenses. As part of the four-year contract extension, Microsoft has agreed to invest $100 million in new Suse Linux Enterprise certificates for Microsoft enterprise customers receiving Linux support from Suse.
Once in a lifetime events don't happen very often – you could even say they happen once in a lifetime. When one of them sneaks up and bites us in the butt, it tends to be something that sticks with the group consciousness; think the moon landing, Princess Diana's death or the first time you played Doom. Another milestone event landed in our laps last night, though no one but the staunchest of geeks probably noticed it. Yes, the Linux 3.0 kernel is here.
If you've been primarily a Windows user all your life, you probably don't have much experience with Linux. Perhaps you've dabbled with Ubuntu, either out of sheer curiosity or because you were pissed off with Vista pre-SP1. But there are other, more advanced Linux distros out there, Debian being one of them. Debian is now available as a configuration option on nearly every machine in AVADirect's stable.
You know that cute old couple down the street, the two that have been married since before your parents were born? Firefox and Ubuntu are kind of like that. It's hard to remember a time when you could find one without the other. But are the browser and the operating system experiencing irreconcilable differences? Any conservative radio host can tell you that the divorce rate is sky-high in America, and the Ubuntu team's considering tossing Firefox to the curb and chasing some hot young Chrome tail.
Adobe has patched an “important’ vulnerability in the recently released Flash Player 10.3.181.16 and all previous versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris, the San Jose-based company said on Sunday. It has issued a security bulletin (APSB11-13) to address the important vulnerability (CVE-2011-2107), which also affects Flash Player 10.3.185.22 and earlier versions for Android. Hit the jump for more.