OGG format (for Freedom Lovers!)
Total Running Time 1hr 10Min 56Sec
Mat Enders, Tony Bemus, and Mary Tomich
Intro Sound bite by Mike Tanner
Kernel News: Mat
Linus Torvalds announced the release of 3.3-rc1 on Thu, 19 Jan 2012 23:58:28 UTC
This officially closed the merge window. However as part of the announcement he did say that if you had your pull request in on time and he overlooked it either intentionally or accidentally you had two days to marshal your argument for why it it should hve been included. He also said that if you just did not get your request in on time then “Phhhthrthtpt!”.
Here is how the changes break out 20% architecture updates (spread across arm, powerPC, mips, x86), 60% drivers ( broken out across networking mostly wireless, staging, media, sound, including getting rid of ‘struct sysdev’), and 20% random stuff.
Main Line :
Greg KH announced the release of the 3.1.10 Kernel Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:46:09 UTC
There were 58 files changed, 589 files inserted, and 280 files deleted
Anyway, it’s out now, and I’m taking off early for a weekend of beer, skiing and poker (not necessarily in that order: “don’t drink and ski”). No email.
— Linus Torvalds
Distro News: Tony
- 1-15 – Toorox 01.2012 – Gentoo-based desktop Linux distribution featuring GNOME 3.2.1
- 1-15 – ArtistX 1.2 – Ubuntu-based distribution designed for musicians and other artists, and featuring a large collection of multimedia and graphics software
Distro of the Week: Tony
- Gentoo – 1520
- Ubuntu – 1779
- OpenSUSE – 1850
- DreamLinux – 2831
- Mint – 3949
We Won A Temporary Victory In The Fight To Stop SOPA & PIPA
The US Congress and Senate have indefinitely postponed their respective votes on SOPA and PIPA. The MPAA was stunned by what happened, former Senator and Current head of the MPAA had this to say: “This was a whole new different game all of a sudden,” and this “[PIPA and SOPA were] considered by many to be a slam dunk.” In other words this was a complete game changer to the way the process has worked in the past. In another statement Chris Dodd said he blamed a slow process that allowed for the opposition to gather a response. In other words Mr. Dodd thinks that they needed rush the bills through before anyone could find out what was in them, or what they would do.
Lets take a look at some of the numbers from the blackout:
10,000,000 signatures gathered
More than 3,000,000 emails sent (these numbers are from the EFF, FFTF, and Demand Progress Wikipedia wasn’t even counting)
115,000 plus sites participated in the strike, 4 of the top 10 US sites, 13 of the top 100 US sites. This is really just an estimate as there were many many small site that blocked out that probably were not counted. Like SMLR I am sure we were not counted and one of the best quotes from the blackout was from my son who said ” a click through button really Dad a click through button” let’s just say he was less than impressed with our level of participation.
Over 100,000 thousand phone calls the Senate a large portion of these probably generated by www.tumblr.com who made you place a call to your Senator in order to get to your tumblr.
And now for my favorite stat of the event.
A timeline of the number of Senators making public statements against PIPA
As of 11/16/2011 – 1
As of 11/17/2011 – 5
As of 8am 1/18/2012 – 6
As of 8pm 1/18/2012 – 34
The MPAA and RIAA are not going to let this go, it will be back. We need to keep vigilant and watch for them to try and sneak this back through. Next time it will be quick as evidenced by Chris Dodds above statement.
NSA Releases SEAndroid
In an email to the selinux mailing list Stephen Smalley of the NSA (National Security Agency) made this simple announcement: “We have made an initial public release of SE Android.” SEAndroid has much stricter access control policies and enhanced sand boxing, in comparison to the current version of Android. SEAndroid based on SELinux, this hardened Linux version was released by the NSA in 2000. Many SELinux components have made their way into the official Linux kernel.
It is anticipated that the SELinux developers are going to further integrate SEAndroid into Android’s Application Layer Security. This will keep compromised programs in the application layer preventing them from reaching the kernel. These features would prevent exploits such as GingerBreak, Exploid, or RageAgainstTheCage that use vulnerabilities in the services and launch processes. As an example the GingerBreak exploit could be blocked at six different steps during its execution, depending on how strict the user sets SE’s policies.
The NSA says that the target audience is mobile developers, security experts, and device manufacturers who require stricter access control, like those required by the DOD. It is not certain that SEAndroid will be used by large commercial manufacturers. It will most likely find a home in enterprise settings that currently deploy SELinux.
LiMux The Munich Linux Migration Project Reports Success
By this time they were supposed to have migrated 8,500 desktops, they have however migrated over 9,000 workstations. The project, which began in 2003, is worth looking at as an example to anyone considering a large scale migration to Linux. Limux is both the name of the project and a Linux distribution. Limux is an Ubuntu based distro certified by the German government. That the migration is a success is really an indicator that Linux is finally getting a foothold on government workers desktops.
Florian Schießl, an architect on the project, said they had underestimated the difficulty of the project and claimed that initialy their approach was “naive”. In 2003, they found there to be 1000 IT workers in 51 data centers serving 33,000 staff. A large portion of the problem was that there was not a homogenise system in place. According to Schießl says:
“No common directory, no common user, system or hardware management. Different tools for software distribution and system management. More than 300 apps, many of them redundant, e.g. using Dreamweaver, Frontpage, Fusion etc. for HTML-editing. 21 different Windows clients, different patch levels, different security concepts. This was Munich’s IT situation when LiMux started.”
So before they could even start the migration they had to completely reorganize government IT policy to create a more homogenises system that could be migrated. They not only had to consider operating systems and software but the variety of document formats and templates in use that had to be homogenized first. To help with this they created WollMux an open source template creation plugin for OpenOffice.
One of the components most often overlooked in this kind of migration is the staff. You have to win over the staff for any migration of this magnitude to succeed. So the LiMux team started by making smaller steps and breaking the deployment down into smaller deployments, and gathering a lot of data before they began.
Why SOPA Is A Bad Idea
I have herd many people talk about why SOPA is bad but this has to be the best explanation of the issue!
Three Types of online attack
He talks about how color printer print a pattern of yellow dots that are unique to that printer. That way someone can track what printer prints what.
Time: 1hr 6Min 56Sec
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