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Invasion of the Brandsnatchers: How Nokia and BlackBerry inhabit the afterlife

Analysis Early next year you should able to buy Nokia phones and BlackBerry phones, two of the giant names of the Noughties. None of these phones will be made by Nokia or BlackBerry, and all of them will be Android phones. The famous brands will inhabit new bodies, with the licensees hoping to rekindle some nostalgia both giants once …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Sep 2016
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Microsoft warns Windows security fix may break network shares

Microsoft has overnight pushed out the latest of its ongoing preview builds for Windows 10, with this one carrying a warning that it could break your network file share connections. Redmond-watchers will know that the firm runs a Windows Insider programme where users can sign up to be guinea pigs get early access to features …
Dan Robinson, 29 Sep 2016
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Oracle's Coach Larry needs Microsoft plays to beat Amazon

Analysis SAP. Crack! IBM. Snap! Salesforce. Bang! Workday, I can see you - come over here... In the locker room that is Oracle’s quarterly conference calls with Wall Street, somebody’s ass is always on the receiving end of a sharp thwack from the towel of head coach Larry Ellison. Ellison has zinged his verbal towel off many a noble …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2016
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But is it safe? Uncork a bottle of vintage open-source FUD

“Yeah, but is open source a safe choice?” Surprisingly, I’ve been asked that frequently of late. Larger organisations in particular are giving me the old squinty eye. The folks in these conference rooms and tentacular email threads are often looking to replace decades old stacks of IT and get their “digital transformation” on, …
Michael Coté, 29 Sep 2016
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When two tribes go to war: Docker Swarm on the left, easier-to-install Kubernetes on the right

Analysis Container orchestration software Kubernetes reached version 1.4 this week, an act of "user empathy" as described by Google developer advocate Kelsey Hightower, because ease of use has been something of an afterthought. "Over the past few releases we've been working hard on easing the complexity of getting a well-maintained, …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Sep 2016
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New Amazon Linux

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has updated its Linux. Version 2016.09 adds Nginx 1.10, PostgreSQL 9.5 and Python 3.5. You can run the updated OS in all AWS regions and “on all current-generation EC2 instance types.” There's also a new “SSM Agent” that “allows you to use Run Command in order to configure and run scripts on your …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Sep 2016

How to create a security startup and bag VC millions – step one: Containers, AI or cloud

While venture capitalists have been tightening their belts over the past year, there’s still a lot of love and funding for security startups – especially if you’re working in the right areas. During a panel discussion at the Structure Security conference in San Francisco today, a trio of top VCs identified three key areas …
Iain Thomson, 28 Sep 2016
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Raspberry Pi adds PIXEL eye candy to desktop

Fruity low-cost computer the Raspberry Pi is constantly getting enhancements, and the latest is an update to its Raspbian Linux build, which has been given a makeover with a new desktop shell called PIXEL and a version of the Chromium browser. New Raspbian Raspberry Pi desktop. Screengrab courtesy RPi Foundation New PIXEL …
Dan Robinson, 28 Sep 2016
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The web is past peak innovation: It's all negative returns from here

Open Source Insider In all the years I have been using FOSS software, the most common complaint I've seen about FOSS software is that the "design" is "terrible", "laughable" or some witticism about forks and eyes. What's interesting about this criticism isn't its longevity, that's to be expected since for most of the people registering this …
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IBM hopes its tailored Swift will lure you onto BlueMix cloud

Swift, the second-most-loved programming language by Stack Overflow's estimation, has showed up on IBM's BlueMix cloud platform, dressed for general availability. She began performing as a runtime on BlueMix in February, when IBM provided a way to load a Swift binary into Linux containers, to build it as an application, and to …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Sep 2016
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BIND bashes bugs

The folk who maintain the ubiquitous BIND DNS server have issued a patch for two bugs, one of them serious. Most of the time, organisations treat denial-of-service bugs as less serious than, for example, information disclosure or remote code execution bugs. BIND, however, is special: it's a fundamental part of the Internet …
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Oh, ALL RIGHT, says Facebook, we'll let Windows admins run osquery

Two years after it first arrives for Linux and OS X, Facebook's "osquery" developer kit is now available for Windows. Osquery is designed to let sysadmins check out system and process information by issuing SQL queries, rather than (for example) having to watch syslogs. An example (drawn from the GitHub repo) is the kind of …

Startup iguazio launches NVMe-propelled missile at enterprise analytics

iguazio’s Data-as-a-Service Enterprise Data Cloud converges different storage access protocols and use cases behind an access abstraction layer and claims to out-perform Amazon and all-flash filers at lower costs. The startup’s pitch is that Big Data analytics data, input, extraction, loading and storing is grossly complex and …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2016

New LITE working group takes up ARMs against the IoT

Linaro, the collaborative engineering effort focused around Linux for ARM-based devices, has spawned a new working group to develop open reference platforms for connected products, with an inevitable eye on the Internet of Things (IoT). Dubbed the Linaro IoT and Embedded (LITE) Segment Group, the new initiative is launching …
Dan Robinson, 27 Sep 2016

Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

Small scale DAB radio was (quite literally) conceived in an Ofcom engineer’s garden shed in Brighton, on a Raspberry Pi, running a full open source stack, in his spare time. Four years later, Ofcom has given the thumbs up to small scale DAB after concluding that trials in 10 UK cities were judged to be a hit. We gave you an …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Sep 2016
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Fax machines' custom Linux allows dial-up hack

Party like it's 1999, phreakers: a bug in Epson multifunction printer firmware creates a vector to networks that don't have their own Internet connection. The exploit requirements are that an attacker can trick the victim into installing malicious firmware, and that the victim is using the device's fax line. The firmware is …
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Microsoft releases Server 2016, complete with commercial Docker engine

Ignite Microsoft announced the release of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 at its Ignite event in Atlanta. The commercially supported edition of the Docker engine is included at no extra cost. Server 2016 and System Center 2016 are available for download this week and will be on sale from October 1 2016. A key feature of …
Tim Anderson, 26 Sep 2016
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Unimpressed with Ubuntu 16.10? Yakkety Yak... don't talk back

Before I dive into what's new in Ubuntu 16.10, called Yakkety Yak, let's just get this sentence out of the way: Ubuntu 16.10 will not feature Unity 8 or the new Mir display server. I believe that's the seventh time I've written that since Unity 8 was announced and here we are on the second beta for 16.10. Maybe that's why …
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Linux 4.8 gets rc8

Chill, penguin-fanciers: Linux lord Linus Torvalds is sitting on the egg that is Linux 4.8 for another week. As Torvalds indicated last week, this version of the kernel still needs work and therefore earned itself an eighth release candidate. He's pretty sure 4.8 will hatch next week, writing that "I didn't get the feeling …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Sep 2016
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Red Hat relabels OpenShift Enterprise to Container Platform

Red Hat’s on-premises application serving software has been given a rename from OpenShift Enterprise to OpenShift Container Platform, at the same time adding a slew of enhancements to improve scalability and security. OpenShift started out as Red Hat’s platform as a service (PaaS) offering for application development centred …
Dan Robinson, 23 Sep 2016
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Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

Microsoft Ignite Software giant Microsoft is set to officially launch its next-generation server platform next week, but the firm faces growing competition from Linux as corporate customers shift more toward the cloud for IT services. Microsoft’s answer? Tie the most useful parts of Windows Server 2016 to a Software Assurance licensing deal …
Dan Robinson, 22 Sep 2016
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Big biz happy to whip out credit cards for pay-as-you-go – Red Hat

Analysis Linux and open-source cloud supremo Red Hat is looking at adapting its licensing to please enterprise customers who want greater flexibility in the way they pay for software and services, including a possible pay-as-you-go model. The move was mooted by chief executive Jim Whitehurst during a conference call for Red Hat’s Q2 …
Dan Robinson, 22 Sep 2016
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Juniper plugs net manager

Juniper Networks has updated its CTPView network management system to patch two bugs dating from 2014. Its CTPView advisory, now with 75 individual vulnerabilities listed, has been updated to include CVE-2014-8159 and CVE-2014-8867. CVE-2014-8159 is a denial-of-service bug in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 InfiniBand …

Red Hat hauls $600m quarter

Enterprise Linux house Red Hat says it is on course to crack $2.4bn in revenues this year. The estimate comes after fiscal Q2 2017 saw the open source giant inflate revenues by one fifth: Revenues of $600m were up 19 per cent on the year-ago quarter. Net income of $59m up from $51m in Q2 2016. Earnings per share (non-GAAP …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Sep 2016
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Cisco snaps shut remote pwnage hole in Cloud Services Platform

Cisco has provided a patch to address a remote hijacking vulnerability in its Cloud Services Platform (CSP). Switchzilla said that all customers who run CSP 2100 software should install the 2.1.0 update to close a remote code execution flaw it considers to be a high security risk. Designed as an efficient way to manage …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Sep 2016
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Rackspace punts piscatorial Power platform at service providers

Freshly acquired hosting slinger Rackspace has built a custom-developed server based on IBM’s Power chips and the Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications. The company hopes to flog it to service providers and enterprise customers looking for an alternative to x86 systems for high performance computing. Known as Barreleye …
Dan Robinson, 21 Sep 2016

Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

Lenovo has denied locking its Signature Edition PCs exclusively to Windows 10 under orders from Microsoft. A Reddit thread this morning accuses Microsoft and Lenovo of conspiring to prevent the installation of non-Windows operating systems on the Chinese goliath's PCs at the firmware level. Linux fans vented on the message …

HPE sells off 'non-core' software assets

Comment On the day the Dell/EMC acquisition/merger completed, HPE announced it was selling off a load of non-core software assets in a “spin-off” merger with UK’s Micro Focus. HPE gets $2.5bn in cash and HPE shareholders will have a 50.1 per cent ownership of the new entity, which will continue to be called Micro Focus. In addition …
Chris Evans, 21 Sep 2016
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OpenIO wants to turn your spinning rust into object storage nodes

Frog object storage startup OpenIO is banging on with supporting Seagate’s Kinetic disk drives, and has certified its software on the drives in a Kinetic Plugfest. Ethernet-addressed Kinetic disk drives implement a Get, Put-based object storage facility at the drive level and, Seagate says, this allows accessing systems to …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2016

Ubuntu tees up OpenStack on IBM's iron

Canonical’s OpenStack spin has landed on IBM’s Power hardware as part of zSystems' Linux stack. The Ubuntu shop’s cloud has been released for IBM’s zSeries IBM LinuxOne and on IBM Power Systems. Canonical’s cloud will run on IBM’s planned LC servers, announced in April. The servers run OpenPOWER – from the group building …
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Teradici's releases desktop-as-a-service-ware, as used by AWS and VMware

Teradici has taken the code powering desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) offerings from VMware and Amazon Web Services and turned it in products you, yes you, can run. The “Cloud Access Software” and “Cloud Access Platform” let users run up DaaS rigs. The first product migrates apps to the cloud. The second tool delivers them from the …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2016
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Spoiler alert: What Oracle is going to announce today

OpenWorld It's that time of the year again. Oracle's OpenWorld is in San Francisco. Supremo Larry Ellison has given his Sunday keynote. Here's a summary of what the database giant is going to reveal today in easily digestible chunks. And, yeah, warning: everything is now cloud. Anything you'd call an application or a software service is …
Chris Williams, 19 Sep 2016
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Linux 4.8 probably needs rc8

Linus Torvalds has decreed that Linux 4.8 probably needs an eighth release candidate. Each new release of the Linux kernel usually involves seven release candidates, but Torvalds says “there was just more noise than I'd like” in rc7. “Things did't calm down as much as I would have liked, there are still a few discussions …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2016
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VMware flings vCenter Server away from Windows, if you want

VMware has released vSphere 6.0 Update 2m, with the main feature being a vCenter Server for Windows to vCenter Server Appliance migration tool. vCenter is VMware's key management application and comes in two flavours. vCenter Server for Windows runs on Microsoft's famous operating systems and lets you manage VMs. VMware has …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2016
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In Red Hat, Veritas: Firm backs OpenStack convergence play

Red Hat is working with information management firm Veritas on data backup and storage in OpenStack clouds. The duo will work together to delver what they call “predictable” quality of service to OpenStack applications and workloads “regardless of scale”. Veritas will work on integration of the Red Hat OpenStack Platform for …
Andrew Cobley, 14 Sep 2016

Using a thing made by Microsoft, Apple or Adobe? It probably needs a patch today

Mega Patch Tuesday Microsoft is wrapping up the summer with a dump of 14 bulletins for various security vulnerabilities in its products, while Apple and Adobe are following up with fixes of their own. The September edition of Patch Update Tuesday sees fixes released for critical issues in Windows, Windows Server, Internet Explorer, Edge, Flash …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Sep 2016
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Microsoft's Service Fabric for Linux hits public preview

Microsoft's Service Fabric for Linux, an application platform designed for cloud-hosted microservices, will be released for public preview on September 26, 2016, at the company's Ignite event in Atlanta. Microsoft Microsoft's Service Fabric is an application platform for microservices The purpose of Service Fabric is to …
Tim Anderson, 13 Sep 2016

Bad news: MySQL can dish out root access to cunning miscreants

Updated Security holes in MySQL can be abused to gain remote root access on poorly configured servers, it emerged on Monday. Patches to fix up the programming blunders were quietly released last week. The flaws are present in all default installations of MySQL 5.5, 5.6 and 5.7. Grab versions 5.5.52, 5.6.33 and 5.7.15 to avoid any …
Chris Williams, 13 Sep 2016
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New Skype for Linux Alpha

Microsoft has updated Skype for Linux. The new version 1.7 Alpha is billed as offering three major enhancements, namely: Fixed standard behaviour of unread messages - when opening chat with unread messages, the view will focus on the first unread message. As you scroll, messages will be marked as read. New grid layout of …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2016

'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

Last week, we asked readers for Linux BSODs, and ever-resourceful, you've gone beyond the call of duty and provided oddities that reach beyond our expectations. Mark yourselves down as “KPI exceeded”. Linux Airbus BSOD For the above image, Paulo kicked things off with a complaint that we're becoming a kind of anti-shill for …
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Linux 4.8 rc6 facepalm!

Just minutes after deciding to loose release candidate 6 of Linux 4.8 on the world, Linus Torvalds received a pull request pertaining to networking. He later wrote “so there's perhaps a reason why rc6 looks fairly small.” “Oh well,” Torvalds said. “I still haven't decided whether we're going to do an rc8, but I guess I don't …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2016
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End of life for Linux 3.14

Version 3.14 of the Linux kernel is no longer being supported. Kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman took to the Linux Kernel Mailing List with the following: NOTE - the 3.14.y kernel series is now end-of-life. It will not be receiving any more updates and should no longer be used at all. Please use 4.4 if you want a LTS …
Simon Travaglia, 12 Sep 2016
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Hot-cross-platform Mac malware

Hackers have developed a a cross-platform backdoor capable of infecting Windows, Linux or Mac OS X desktop computers. The Mokes malware family is able to steal various types of data from the victim’s machine, including but not limited to screenshots, files and keystrokes. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab first came across …
John Leyden, 09 Sep 2016
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IBM lifts lid, unleashes Linux-based x86 killer on unsuspecting world

HPC Blog IBM is mounting its strongest challenge yet to x86 hegemony with the unveiling of its spanking new Linux based S822LC system. What makes this system different is that it’s based on a new processor/motherboard configuration, complete with a sporty NVIDIA NVLink connector. According to my research, close to half of you HPC users …

HPE crams unloved software down Brits' throats – then charges them $9bn to swallow it

Hewlett Packard Enterprise will eject its non-core software business in what it calls an $8.8bn "spin merge" deal with UK-based Micro Focus. HPE's big data, security, and IT management products – including some of its ex-Autonomy assets – will be spun out into a new company that will merge with Micro Focus. That's a software …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Sep 2016
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Linus Torvalds won't apply 'sh*t-for-brains stupid patch'

Add another Linus Torvalds swearing incident to his long list of linguistic indiscretions. The Linux lord has unloaded on proposed new code in typically robust language. “I call BS”, Torvalds' post opens. “Let me be very clear. I'm not applying that shit-for-brains stupid patch, and will not be pulling it unless somebody …
Team Register, 07 Sep 2016
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Pokémon-loving VXer targets Linux with 'Umbreon' rootkit

A Pokemon fan has brewed up a stealthy rootkit targeting Linux. Trend Micro senior threat researcher Fernando Mercês says the ring three rootkit, named by its authors after the nocturnal Pokemon character Umbreon, can run on x86, x86-64 and Raspberry Pi, is difficult to detect, and highly portable. "Its main purpose is to …
Darren Pauli, 06 Sep 2016
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Adobe reverses decision to kill NPAPI Flash plugin for Linux

Adobe has reversed its decision to kill the NPAPI Flash plugin on Linux, instead deciding that penguinistas deserve some love after four years of neglect. Adobe's notification of the changes includes news that its beta channel beta now includes test code for version 23 of the Linux NPAPI Flash Player. Linux NPAPI users have …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Sep 2016

Debian plugs Linux 'TCP snoop' bug

Debian's maintainers have moved to plug the TCP snooping flaw that emerged in August 2016. The bug, CVE-2016-5696, was spotted by University of California Riverside's Zhiyun Qian and his collaborators and published in August. It enabled an attack against Linux (and Android) implementations of RFC 5961, which used challenge …
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Linux 4.8-rc5 lands

Linux 4.8-rc5 is out and about. Linux lord Linus Torvalds says “rc5 is noticeably bigger than rc4 was, and my hope last week that we were starting to calm down and shrink the releases seems to have been premature.” The reason? Torvalds says this release has plenty of “small fixes” to get done, either that or things he hoped …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2016