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March 16, 2017
by sjvn01
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Daimler joins Linux’s Open Invention Network patent-protection group

When you think of Linux and open-source companies, the automobile industry is not the first business to spring to mind. But maybe it should be. Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, has joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), the Linux and open-source … Continue reading

March 10, 2017
by sjvn01
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New and improved Samba file server released

Do you have a network-attached storage (NAS) device holding your accounts payable, document archives, or just your baby photos? If so, you’re running Samba, the open-source file and print server. Now, with the Samba 4.6 release, the program has been … Continue reading

February 27, 2017
by sjvn01
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Linus Torvalds on SHA-1 and Git: ‘The sky isn’t falling’

The real worry about Google showing SHA-1 encryption is crackable, as pointed out by Peter Gutmann, a cryptography expert at the at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, is “with long-term document signing and certificates“. But, what about the distributed … Continue reading

February 23, 2017
by sjvn01
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OpenVAS: Checking for Holes Before the Hackers Do It for You

I have a friend who believes that his site is too small for crackers to ever bother with. Need I tell you his site was recently cracked open like an egg? You’ve got to take security seriously. One of the … Continue reading