Google Shuts Off NPAPI in Chrome

By Dennis Fisher With the release of Chrome 42 this week, Google fixed more than 40 vulnerabilities. But the most significant security change in the new browser is Google’s decision to disable the NPAPI, essentially turning off plugins such as Java and Silverlight by default. The decision didn’t come out of nowhere.

From: LXer

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VMware just created its first Linux OS, and it’s container-friendly (NetworkWorld)

By ris NetworkWorld takes
a look
at two VMWare projects that are aimed at running containers
inside the VM. “VMware has created Photon as an OS that can run in vSphere. VMware says it’s a “lightweight” Linux OS that has only the basic elements required to package applications in containers and run them inside virtual machines. Because of its minimalist feature set, Project Photon is meant to boot up quickly, which is a key advantage of using containers.

Project Photon supports many container image platforms, including those
from Docker (which is both an open source container runtime and the name of
the company that is commercializing it), as well as container images from
CoreOS (called “rkt”) and Pivotal (named “Garden”).” VMWare also
announced a beta version of Project Lightwave, “which is an identity and access management tool meant to provide an extra security layer for containers.

From: LWN

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AMD Releases New “AMDGPU” Linux Kernel Driver & Mesa Support

At long last the source code to the new AMDGPU driver has been released! This is the new driver needed to support the Radeon R9 285 graphics card along with future GPUs/APUs like Carrizo. Compared to the existing Radeon DRM driver, the new AMDGPU is needed for AMD’s new unified driver strategy whereby the new Catalyst driver will be isolated to being a user-space binary blob with both the full open-source driver and the Catalyst driver using this common AMDGPU kernel driver…

From: Phoronix

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