11-year-old hacker changes election results

LinuxSecurity.com: At the DefCon Voting Village in Las Vegas last year, participants proved it was child’s play to hack voting machines: As Wired reported, within two minutes, democracy-tech researcher Carsten Sch?rmann used a novel vulnerability to get remote access to a WinVote machine.

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Dropbox Ending Sync Support for Uncommon Filesystems, Google Tracks Your Location, NVIDIA Unveils Its First Turing Architecture-Based GPUs, Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 15 and Virtlyst 1.2.0 Released

News briefs for August 14, 2018.

Dropbox recently announced in its forum that it will be supporting only the ext4 filesystem for
Linux starting in November. Here’s the post: “Hi everyone, on Nov. 7, 2018,
we’re ending support for Dropbox syncing to drives with certain uncommon
file systems. The supported file systems are NTFS for Windows, HFS+ or APFS
for Mac, and Ext4 for Linux.” (Source: It’s FOSS.)

The AP
that Google tracks your location history, even if you turn “Location History”
off. On both Android devices and iPhones, Google stores “your location data
even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google
from doing so.
Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the
AP’s request.”
Wired post
describes how you actually can disable location tracking.

NVIDIA unveiled its
first Turing architecture-based GPUs
yesterday at SIGGRAPH. The press
release claims the Quadro RTX, “the world’s
first ray-tracing GPU” will revolutionize “the work of 50 million designers
and artists by enabling them to render photorealistic scenes in real time,
add new AI-based capabilities to their workflows, and enjoy fluid
interactivity with complex models and scenes.”

Blackmagic Design yesterday announced
the release of DaVinci Resolve 15
. You can download this “professional
editing, visual effects, motion graphics, color correction and audio post
production software” for free from the Blackmagic Design site. This release
is “a massive update that fully integrates visual
effects and motion graphics, making it the world’s first solution to
combine professional offline and online editing, color correction, audio post
production, multi user collaboration and now visual effects together in one
software tool”.

Virtlyst 1.2.0, a web interface for managing virtual machines built with
Cutelyst/Qt/C++, was released yesterday. According to Dantti’s
, this update includes several bug fixes, including “the ability
to warn users before doing important actions to help avoid making
mistakes”. You can download it from GitHub.

Source: Linux Journal

Git Quick Start Guide

Ditch USBs and start using real version control, and if you follow this guide,
you can start using git in 30 minutes!

If you have any experience with programming or just altering config
files, I’m sure you’ve been dumbstruck by how one change you’ve made along
the line affects the whole project. Identifying and isolating the problem
without a version control system is often time- and energy-intensive,
involving retracing your steps and checking all changes made before the
unwanted behavior first occurred. A version control system is designed
explicitly to make that process easier and provide readable comparisons between
versions of text.

Another great feature that distributed version control systems
such as git provide is the power of lateral movement. Traditionally, a team of
programmers would implement features linearly. This meant pulling the code
from the trusted source (server) and developing a section before pushing
the altered version back upstream to the server. With distributed systems,
every computer maintains a full repository, which means each programmer
has a full history of additions, deletions and contributors as well as the
ability to roll back to a previous version or break away from the trusted
repository and fork the development tree (which I discuss later).

Quick Start Guide

The great thing about git is there’s so little you need to know! Without further ado, let’s begin with the most important commands.

First, I’m working with a previous project of mine located here:

[user@lj src]$ pwd

To create a local repository, simply run:

[user@lj src]$ git init
Initialized empty Git repository in

To add all source files recursively to git’s index, run:

[user@lj src]$ git add .

To push these indexed files to the local repository, run:

[user@lj src]$ git commit

You’ll see a screen containing information about the commit, which allows you to leave a description of the commit:

Source: Linux Journal

Diversity Empowerment Summit Highlights Importance of Allies

allies for inclusion

Diversity Empowerment Summit provides insights, ideas, and examples to help open source projects and professionals adopt inclusive practices.

Diversity and inclusion are hot topics as projects compete to attract more talent to power development efforts now as well as build their ranks to carry the projects into the future. The Diversity Empowerment Summit co-located with Open Source Summit coming up in Vancouver August 29-31, will offer key insights to help your project succeed in these endeavors.

Although adoption of diversity and inclusion policies is generally seen as simply the right thing to do, finding good paths to building and implementing such policies within existing community cultures continues to be challenging. The Diversity Empowerment Summit, however, provides hard insights, new ideas, and proven examples to help open source professionals navigate this journey.

Nithya Ruff, Senior Director, Open Source Practice at Comcast

Nithya Ruff,  Senior Director, Open Source Practice at Comcast, and member of the Board of Directors for The Linux Foundation, says “the mission of open source communities to attract and retain diverse contributors with unique talent and perspectives has gathered momentum, but we cannot tackle these issues without the support of allies and advocates.” Ruff will be moderating a panel discussion at the conference examining the role of allies in diversity and inclusion and exploring solid strategies for success.

Along with Erik Riedel of Dell EMC, Ruff will also present “Everyday Opportunities for Inclusion & Collaboration.” In this talk, the speakers will share specific examples and stories illustrating some less obvious opportunities for communication, networking, mentoring, and collaboration encountered in  on-the-job activities as well as at events and forums.

We talked with Ruff about the importance of the Diversity Empowerment Summit as well as some of the upcoming  highlights.

The Linux Foundation: Why is the Diversity Empowerment Summit important?

Nithya Ruff: A big part of open source is the developers who feel included and valued as human beings. And the Diversity Empowerment Summit helps us celebrate and discuss how we can continue to create inviting, inclusive and healthy communities. This conference welcomes talks on growing our community to practices for inclusion to being allies to people who are under-represented in our communities.  It is great to see The Linux Foundation make valuable space and time for this track every year.

The Linux Foundation: Who should attend?

Ruff: Everyone who cares about the health of the community should attend.  Projects are successful because of the people behind it and if you are interested in creating a sustainable project, you should attend these sessions.

The Linux Foundation: What are you looking forward to at the Summit?

Ruff: This year, I am excited about the panel on building allies as it brings some great speakers in one session to the audience. I’m looking forward to truly great speakers like our keynote speaker, Jennifer Cloer, and others like Tameika Reed, Deb Nicholson, Chloe Condon, Lucy Wyman, and Guy Martin.

There are also many terrific talks about welcoming and helping new contributors to open source, which is critical considering women comprise less than 10 percent of open source community members and many underrepresented communities account for less than 5 percent of open source community members.

Check out the complete schedule and register now to attend the Diversity Empowerment Summit at Open Source Summit in Vancouver.

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eBay Provides OpenAPI Specification (OAS) for All its RESTful Public APIs

By Ole Lensmar, Chairperson of the OpenAPI Initiative

Today, eBay announced that they are leveraging the OpenAPI Specification (OAS) for all of its RESTful public APIs. With OpenAPI, developers can download an eBay OpenAPI contract, generate code and successfully call an eBay API in minutes. APIs play a critical role in eBay’s Developer Ecosystem helping the company build and deliver the best experiences to its buyers and sellers.

“The move to using the OpenAPI Specification was a unanimous choice given our needs and knowledge of the incredible ecosystem of developers that surround OpenAPI,” said Gail Frederick, GM of eBay Portland and VP Developer Ecosystem at eBay. “The OpenAPI Specification is the de facto standard for describing APIs and plays a critical role in the new microservices-based architecture at eBay.”

As a member and chairperson of the of the OpenAPI Initiative, I see more and more companies moving to distributed and microservice-based architectures as the need to build quality experiences for users and ship products or services to market faster is a linchpin to any business’ success. Technologies and tools created to support this transition are largely built from open collaboration, spanning application development technologies like Node.js to container orchestration like Kubernetes. Since APIs are the “glue” between distributed components, the OAS standard plays a central part in this transition.

This was definitely the case with eBay. As eBay transitioned from a monolithic and centralized architecture to a distributed microservice architecture, the company needed to evolve the way service contracts were explored, tested, published, and integrated with API specifications.

The company had a set of needs for this transition:

API contracts would need to meet the needs of seamless exploration and integration across a diverse technology stack, be industry standard, and be feature rich to complement our Technical Standards and governance models necessitated the exploration for a new specification. The primary criteria was a specification that was both human and machine readable, language agnostic, vendor-neutral, and open source.
Shekhar Banerjee, Senior MTS Architect, eBay

OAS became the unanimous choice due to its tooling support, fully customizable stack, code-first and contract-first approaches to API development, and most importantly because OpenAPI continues to evolve as a standard led by open collaboration from the OpenAPI Initiative. The move to OAS furthers eBay’s mission to its Developer Ecosystem to promote developer efficiency and productivity with no more SDKs and no more hours spent writing API client code.

eBay has been a member of the OpenAPI Initiative since August 2017 and one of the first in the industry to publish contracts based on OpenAPI 3.0 specification. We are very excited to see eBay’s continued support of our consortium, as well as other open collaboration projects, including the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). We look forward to sharing more around eBay’s success with OAS as well as the many users and members that make up our ecosystem during API Strategy & Practice Conference happening September 24 – 26 in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more about this conference here, and keep up-to-date with news coming out of the OpenAPI Initiative here.

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Session Lineup at Open Source Summit Europe and Embedded Linux Conference + OpenIoT Summit Europe Offers Complete Overview of the Open Source Ecosystem

Leading open source experts to speak on topics including AI, blockchain, cloud, containers/Kubernetes, embedded systems, IoT, Linux, networking and more

SAN FRANCISCO, August 14, 2018The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the session agenda for Open Source Summit Europe and Embedded Linux Conference + OpenIoT Summit Europe, taking place October 22-24 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Open Source Summit Europe session highlights include:

  • Using Containers for GPU Workloads – Christian Brauner, Canonical
  • Logging, and Errors, and Metrics – Oh My! – Chloe Condon, Sentry.io
  • Scalable Monitoring of Apache Spark with Prometheus – Diane Feddema and Zak Hassan, Red Hat
  • Software Philanthropy for Everyone – Kevin P. Fleming, Bloomberg
  • Understanding User Namespaces – Michael Kerrisk, man7.org Training and Consulting
  • Building Stable Trees with Machine Learning – Julia Lawall, Inria and Sasha Levin, Microsoft
  • Establishing Image Provenance and Security in Kubernetes – Adrian Mouat, Container Solutions

Embedded Linux Conference + OpenIoT Summit Europe session highlights include:

  • Pushing Kubernetes Experience to IoT Devices – Erno Aapa, Eliot
  • Common Attacks on IoT Devices – Christina Quast
  • Embedded Linux on RISC-V Architecture – Status Report – Khem Raj, Comcast
  • Supporting Hardware Codecs in a Linux System – Maxime Ripard, Bootlin
  • Real Time is Coming to Linux; What Does that Mean to You? – Steven Rostedt, VMware
  • Creating an IoT Data Layer for Collecting, Storing, Analyzing and Reacting to Data – David G. Simmons, InfluxData

View the full schedule for Open Source Summit and Embedded Linux Conference + OpenIoT Summit.

Registration is $800 through August 18 and includes access to all sessions at both Open Source Summit Europe and Embedded Linux Conference + OpenIoT Summit Europe. Additional alumni, academic, non-profit and Linux Foundation member discounts are available as well; details are available on the event registration page. Applications for diversity and needs-based scholarships are currently being accepted. For information on eligibility and how to apply, please click here.

Open Source Summit Europe is the leading conference for developers, architects and other technologists – as well as open source community and industry leaders – to collaborate, share information, learn about the latest technologies and gain a competitive advantage by using innovative open solutions. Over 2,000 are expected to gather for the event.

Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) is the premier vendor-neutral technical conference for companies and developers using Linux in embedded products. The conference gathers user-space developers, product vendors, kernel, and systems developers to collaborate.

OpenIoT Summit is a technical conference for the developers and architects working on industrial IoT. It provides the technical knowledge needed to deliver smart connected products and solutions that take advantage of the rapid evolution of IoT technologies. It is the only IoT event focused on the development of open IoT solutions.

The Linux Foundation events are where the world’s leading technologists meet, collaborate, learn and network in order to advance innovations that support the world’s largest shared technologies.

Members of the press who would like to request a press pass to attend should contact Dan Brown at dbrown@linuxfoundation.org.

Open Source Summit Europe and Embedded Linux Conference + OpenIoT Summit Europe are made possible thanks to Diamond Sponsors Intel and Microsoft; Platinum Sponsors IBM and SUSE; and Gold Sponsors Amazon Web Services, Nutanix, Red Hat, Sumologic and VMware.

Additional Resources

YouTube: Why Attend Linux Foundation Events (https://youtu.be/X_rLxfmLlYY)

Open Source Summit Europe 2017 Event Recap (https://events17.linuxfoundation.org/events/open-source-summit-europe)

Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2017 Event Recap (https://events17.linuxfoundation.org/events/embedded-linux-conference-europe)

About The Linux Foundation

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