open SuSEOpensuse, the popular Linux distro, have recently posted a news bulletin to their blog, confirming that a hacker was able to exploit a vulnerability in their forum software and upload files to the site. This allowed the hacker to circumvent security and gave him access to the forum's database.

OpenSuse has said that passwords are still safe as they use a single sign on system called Access Manager from NetIQ, so the passwords were not actually stored in the database itself but the hacker will have had access to all the email address stored in the database. The hacker had confirmed he had managed to access passwords but they were just random automatically set strings that are in no way connected to the users' real passwords.

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The next version of Android, 4.4, will be named KitKat, a statue outside of Google HQ has revealed. This name replaces the much rumoured 'Key Lime Pie' moniker that Google seemed to be using previously.

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Surprisingly, KitKat is a trademark owned by Nestle, so it is likely that some money has changed hands along the way - this is definitely an interesting marketing move for both companies.

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Every year, around December, people like to come up with their predictions for what they believe will happen in the technology world in the year to come. This is like that, only focused on what I feel are the 10 most interesting distributions of Linux (desktop or mobile) to watch in 2014.

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The desktop Linux space is filled with examples of new Linux Distros appearing out of nowhere, as if by magic, and capturing significant market share. A great example is the first release of Ubuntu, back in 2004, which caused a dramatic shift in the entire Linux ecosystem.

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ubuntu.tuxApril 17th 2014 – that’s the tentative date set for the release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

The date, along with those for the various milestones used during a development cycle, are listed on the ‘T’ series release schedule on the Ubuntu Wiki.

All of the dates listed on the wiki (and reprinted below) are subject to change. So, for now, take a mental note of them in pencil rather than ink.

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steamOSAs promised earlier this week, Valve has now released the first public beta for SteamOS, its Linux-based operating system designed for running PC games in a living room setting. The first version is available for download and while SteamOS 1.0 is an open source software product, it also contains Valve's proprietary Steam client and some third party drivers.

Valve has created an FAQ page that goes into more detail about SteamOS 1.0, which is based on the 7.1 version of the Debian Linux software. In addition to running Linux-based Steam games, it also contains a desktop UI that can run any other Linux applications. Here are the hardware requirements for the OS:

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linux penguinIt's not that Linux's core developers are "old." After all, Linus Torvalds, Mr. Linux himself, is only 42. But for a few years now, the core Linux kernel developers have been aware that the top programmers have been getting older.
This isn't just an impression. While as Amanda McPherson, The Linux Foundation's VP of marketing and developer programs, told me that "participation in Linux is greater than ever before" and that "more than 8,000 people had contributed to the Linux kernel since 2005," a closer look at the Linux developer numbers reveals that the older generations of Linux programmers are fading away.

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linux insideLinux operating system creator Linus Torvalds has proposed that Linux 4.0, an upcoming release of the open-source software, should be dedicated to stability and bug fixing.

Although his initial reaction to a suggestion for a separate bug-fixing release from Dirk Hohndel, chief Linux and open source technologist at Intel, was to criticize it, as "I didn't see most of us having the attention span required for that," Torvalds is now asking for comments on a proposal to have Linux 4.0 as the bug-fix release in about a year's time.

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That’s exactly what has happened with Debian, the OS that is maintained by a strong collective of online volunteers. Debian GNU/Linux, is classed as a solid Linux and because of that has been used as the basis for other Linux distributions. Hell, our community’s very own Shift Linux was based on Debian and Ubuntu.

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It’s not uncommon for technology to reach 20 years old. Windows and Mac OS (now OS X) have got there without any problems. But the nature of most Linux distros being maintained by fans and internet communities means that most fall by the wayside and are left half-finished or not developed to their potential. Not Debian though. And the fact that other Linux developers utilise Debian as the base for their OS makes it even more impressive.

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The latest update to GNOME 3, version 3.10, has been released. This release comes six months after the previous version, and includes new features, new applications, and many improvements.

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Introducing the release, Allan Day (GNOME Design Team) said, ‟GNOME 3.10 is a significant upgrade for our users, and developers will benefit from new features in the application development platform. Our contributors did an incredible job and have created a really exciting release.“

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Malware certainly exists for Linux, but it's more frequently targeted at servers than everyday PCs. Unfortunately, regular users now have more reason to worry: a rare instance of a Linux desktop trojan, Hand of Thief, has surfaced in the wild. The code swipes banking logins and other web sign-in details, creates a backdoor and prevents access to both antivirus tools and virtual machines. It's known to work with common browsers like Chrome and Firefox as well as 15 Linux distributions, including Debian, Fedora and Ubuntu.

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