Mumblehard Malware Mugs Linux Servers

By Richard Adhikari

A family of Linux malware targeting Linux and BSD servers has been lurking around for five years, Eset has reported. Dubbed “Linux/Mumblehard,” the malware contains a backdoor and a spamming daemon, both written in Perl. The components are mainly Perl scripts encrypted and packed inside an executable and linkable format, or ELF, said Eset. In some cases, one ELF executable with a packer nests inside another. An Eset sinkhole saw more than 8,800 unique IP addresses over seven months. Web servers are the most susceptible to the attack.

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FOSSers Puzzle Over Significance of Open Source .Net Core

By Richard Adhikari

Microsoft last week released a preview of the next version of its .Net Core runtime distribution, fulfilling last fall’s pledge to open source .Net and take it cross-platform for Mac and Linux. “Windows 10 is and will be a standard .Net platform, and improving the interoperability of .Net builds bridges from those platforms to Windows 10, effectively augmenting the developer community available to Microsoft and exposing the portfolio of apps they create to Microsoft platforms,” said Black Duck Software’s Bill Weinberg.

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Vivid Vervet Doesn’t Have Much Meat on Its Bones

By Jack M. Germain

You will not see much new in Ubuntu 15.04, aka “Vivid Vervet” — as in East African monkey — unless you peer under the hood. The release of Ubuntu 15.04 for the desktop includes mostly maintenance and bug fixes, along with new integrated menus and dashboard usability improvements. Perhaps the most significant technical change in this desktop release is the adoption of Systemd to replace the default init manager system. A significant number of continuing Linux distros are joining the SystemD party line.

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VMware Draws on Open Source to Manage Cloud Micro Services

By Jack M. Germain

VMware last week released details about two new open source projects that aim to bridge the divide between the company’s virtualization software and other vendors’ containers. Both projects integrate into VMware’s unified platform for the hybrid cloud. Project Lightwave and Project Photon could tip sides in the ongoing debate within cloud computing and virtualization markets over running containers on standalone hardware or in virtual machines with virtualization software.

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Ubuntu’s Vivid Vervet Makes Snappy Entrance

By Jack M. Germain

Canonical on Tuesday announced the release of Ubuntu 15.04, aka “Vivid Vervet,” as in East African monkey. It will be available for download on Thursday. The new OS offers tools for cloud, device, client and Internet of Things development. The Ubuntu desktop release includes mostly maintenance and bug fixes, along with new integrated menus and dashboard usability improvements. Ubuntu 15.04 for cloud and servers comes at a critical time to attract companies adopting cloud technologies.

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Survey: OSS Gives Enterprises More Bang for Less Bucks

By Jack M. Germain

Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners on Thursday published the results of The Ninth Annual Future of Open Source Survey. The number of companies using at least some open source products or developing software built with open source components is at an all-time high, the survey found. The results reflect the increasing adoption of open source and highlight the abundance of organizations participating in the open source community. They also underscore the need for formal policies and management strategies.

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SuperX OS Greases the Classic Linux Wheel

By Jack M. Germain

SuperX OS is a solid Linux distribution that dispels all of the criticisms about using free open source operating systems. SuperX is a relatively new distro developed by Libresoft. Based on Ubuntu and Debian, it adds a highly customized KDE desktop environment. Version 3.0 — dubbed “Grace” after computing pioneer Grace Hopper — was released March 23. The maturity and impressive performance of this latest release makes the SuperX OS a prime replacement choice for whatever distro you now use — it is that good.

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