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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ubuntu penguinAs announced previously, there was a security breach on the Ubuntu Forums. The Ubuntu Forums are now back up and running. What follows is a detailed post mortem of the breach and corrective actions taken by the Canonical IS team. In summary, the root cause was a combination of a compromised individual account and the configuration settings in vBulletin, the Forums application software. There was no compromise of Ubuntu itself, or any other Canonical or Ubuntu services. We have repaired and hardened the Ubuntu Forums, and as the problematic settings are the default behaviour in vBulletin, we are working with vBulletin staff to change and/or better document these settings.

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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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In January, Canonical announced plans to introduce their Linux-based Ubuntu OS into smartphones. Today, the company revealed their plans to offer a phone made specifically for Ubuntu, but it needs $32 million to make it a reality.

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  You might think $32 million is a lot of money to raise, and you would be right. However, Canonical believes it can get that massive amount from the general public. Today, it launched a crowd sourced campaign on the Indiegogo site, to fund the smartphone, the Ubuntu Edge.

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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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ubuntu11.04The Ubuntu forums are the latest to suffer a data breach, from a hacker, taking place last night. An estimated 1.82 million accounts have been affected and at the time of writing the site is still down for maintenance.
According to the placeholder page currently on the Ubuntu site, only the forums were affected with Ubuntu One, Launchpad and other Ubuntu/Canonical services escaping the breach. The page also asks that although passwords were not stored in plain text, users who use the same password for multiple services such as email are "strongly encouraged to change the password on the other service ASAP." They also specifically admit that the hacker going by the name of @Sputn1k_ managed to grab "every user's local username, password, and email address from the Ubuntu Forums database."

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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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linux android xrayTake a second and think about end-user Linux. Now guess: Which is the most popular of all?
If you're a long time Linux user, chances are you guessed Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, or Fedora.
You'd be wrong.

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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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The Debian project is pleased to announce the first update of its stable distribution Debian 7 (codename wheezy). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.

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Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian 7 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away 7 CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated.

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