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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

A group of “Veteran Unix Admins” reckons too much input from GNOME devs is dumbing down Debian, and in response, is floating the idea of a fork. As the rebel greybeards put it, “... current leadership of the project is heavily influenced by GNOME developers and too much inclined to consider desktop needs as crucial to the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2014
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SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches

A fresh dump of Shellshock patches were released on Friday night in the latest move to stamp out the Bash shell security vuln that has the potential to blight millions of Linux, Unix and Mac OS X machines. Red Hat said in a blog post that the threat from Shellshock was receding now that patches had been issued for most …
Team Register, 28 Sep 2014
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Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole

Sysadmins and users have been urged to patch the severe Shellshock vulnerability in Bash on Linux and Unix systems – as hackers ruthlessly exploit the flaw to compromise or crash computers. But as "millions" of servers, PCs and devices lay vulnerable or are being updated, it's emerged the fix is incomplete. The flaw affects …
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2014

Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

Updated A bug discovered in the widely used Bash command interpreter poses a critical security risk to Unix and Linux systems – and, thanks to their ubiquity, the internet at large. It lands countless websites, servers, PCs, OS X Macs, various home routers, and more, in danger of hijacking by hackers. The vulnerability is present in …
John Leyden, 24 Sep 2014
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Oracle melds its 'cloud OS' with OpenStack in Solaris 11.2 release

Former Unix server customers are continuing the march toward Linux and for many there's no looking back, but that hasn't stopped Oracle from continuing development of Solaris Unix – albeit slowly. On Tuesday, the database giant staged an event in New York to announce Solaris 11.2, which is only the second point release of the …
Neil McAllister, 30 Apr 2014
Plan 9 is... weird, and has almost no applications - but it shows a future direction for Unix-like OSes

Plan 9 moves out from Lucent licence space

Plan 9, a successor to Unix developed during the 1980s by Bell Labs, is now available under the GNU Public Licence. The operating system was never particularly popular or prevalent, but did generate enough of a following to spark a successor of its own known as Inferno. We also wrote it up last year, saying that “Compared to …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2014
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WHEW! OpenBSD won't CloseBSD (for now) after $100,000 cash windfall

The cash-strapped OpenBSD Foundation has raised $100,000, potentially saving it from the brink of oblivion. The Foundation has had pledges of "around" $100,000 from individuals and organisations following its appeal to cover a $20,000 server electricity bill. The group claimed 1,704 donations “large and small.” The Reg …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jan 2014

Romanian Bitcoin baron 'stumps up $20k to keep OpenBSD's lights on'

A mysterious Bitcoin-powered white knight is reported to have come to the rescue of the struggling OpenBSD Foundation. Described as a Romanian billionaire, an individual named Mircea Popescu has offered to bail out the OpenBSD Foundation. The Foundation responsible for maintaining OpenBSD is $20,000 in the red over an …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jan 2014
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Crippling server 'leccy bill risks sinking OpenBSD Foundation

The project behind OpenBSD risks going dark after receiving a crippling server electricity bill which it needs help to pay off. The OpenBSD Foundation has revealed it needs to stump up $20,000 in the second appeal for help it has issued since December. It seems the first appeal didn't net it enough to settle the bill in full …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jan 2014

Fujitsu to push 28 nanometer limits with Sparc64 X+

Hot Chips Fujitsu wants to squeeze more performance out of its homegrown Sparc64 X processor for commercial and supercomputing workloads, and it can't wait until Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp, its foundry partner, gets 20 nanometer processes into the field and ramped. So the engineers at Fujitsu have gone back over the design …
Rackgo systems include servers, storage, switching, and batteries

Server sales continue decline – time to bargain hard with your supplier

These are not easy days to be a server maker – and it very likely it'll never be easy again, so we had better get used to it. In the short run, there has probably not been a better time to wrestle with your server vendors on price since the dot-com bust. That said, the confluence of many factors is putting tremendous pressure …
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Godmother of Unix admins Evi Nemeth presumed lost at sea

Obit The New Zealand authorities have formally called off the search for the sailing cruiser Nina, and say its seven-person crew, which includes Evi Nemeth who for the last 30 years has written the system administration handbooks for Unix and Linux, is now presumed lost at sea. Nemeth was sailing off the western coast of New …
Iain Thomson, 5 Jul 2013
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Unix luminary among seven missing at sea

One of the shining lights of the world of Unix, retired CU professor Evi Nemeth, is among a group of sailors missing at sea near New Zealand. The author of system administration tomes covering both Unix and Linux – and, incidentally a mathematician of sufficient quality to identify problems with Diffie-Helman encryption – has …
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SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix

IBM's lawsuit with SCO over just who owns Unix has crawled out of the grave and seems set to shuffle back into US courts. For the uninitiated, or those who've successfully tried to forget this turgid saga, a brief summary: SCO in 2003 sued IBM for doing something nasty to bits of Unix it owned. Or felt it owned. SCO also sued …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2013
Rackgo systems include servers, storage, switching, and batteries

ODMs and DIYs chomp x86 server racket

If the server market is an indicator of the health – or lack thereof – of the global economy, then we're not quite out of the woods of the Great Recession, despite the exuberance on the global stock markets. According to the box counters at Gartner, server revenue worldwide were down 5 points to $11.83bn in the first quarter …
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'1337 hacker' scrawls all over careless coders' SourceForge sites

Someone claiming to be a "1337 hacker" has defaced programming projects hosted by SourceForge.net Web pages for the network utility Angry IP Scanner and other open-source software hosted by the online coding vault were altered by the infiltrator. The individual responsible claimed the websites were "hacked" using a "backdoor …
John Leyden, 8 Apr 2013
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Pricey mainframes, hyperscale boxes boost Q4 server sales

For the first time in five quarters, the server business saw an uptick in revenues in the final quarter of 2012, mostly thanks to burgeoning sales of dense boxes used by hyperscale web operators and a sharp appetite in IBM's mainframe shops for its new System zEnterprise EC12 boxes. Windows and Linux boxes (about half of the …

The server racket recovers from the Great Recession

Sales and shipments of servers are both approaching levels seen in the run-up ahead of the Great Recession in late 2007. This was thanks in large part to the voracious appetite for iron of hyperscale data center operators such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook, and despite cautious investments by enterprises outside of the …

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