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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: "When Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all communications. Now Klint Finley reports that Snowden also used The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) to keep his communications out of the NSA's prying eyes. Tails is a kind of computer-in-a-box using a version of the Linux operating system optimized for anonymity that you install on a DVD or USB drive, boot your computer from and you're pretty close to anonymous on the internet. 'Snowden, Greenwald and their collaborator, documentary film maker Laura Poitras, used it because, by design, Tails doesn't store any data locally,' writes Finley. 'This makes it virtually immune to malicious software, and prevents someone from performing effective forensics on the computer after the fact. That protects both the journalists, and often more importantly, their sources.' The developers of Tails are, appropriately, anonymous. They're protecting their identities, in part, to help protect the code from government interference. 'The NSA has been pressuring free software projects and developers in various ways,' the group says. But since we don't know who wrote Tails, how do we know it isn't some government plot designed to snare activists or criminals? A couple of ways, actually. One of the Snowden leaks show the NSA complaining about Tails in a Power Point Slide; if it's bad for the NSA, it's safe to say it's good for privacy. And all of the Tails code is open source, so it can be inspected by anyone worried about foul play. 'With Tails,' say the distro developers, 'we provide a tongue and a pen protected by state-of-the-art cryptography to guarantee basic human rights and allow journalists worldwide to work and communicate freely and without fear of reprisal.'"

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La triste historia del programador sentenciado a 11 años por publicar código

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RandomCoder nos cuenta: «Vía Hacker News descubro la sorprendente y triste historia de Serge Aleynikov, un programador de origen ruso con un brillante porvenir, que cometió el 'error de su vida' al decidir compartir en un repositorio en Internet el código GPL que había modificado y adaptado para su empresa, Goldman Sachs, en las semanas previas a cambiar de empleo. Le costó inicialmente una condena a 11 años de prisión, de los que cumplió casi un año y un farragoso proceso de apelación que aún no ha terminado. En el juicio quedó demostrado que la empresa eliminaba sistemáticamente la licencia GPL del código tomado, y la sustituía por su copyright.»

II Jornadas de Comunicación y Software Libre

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mafergo nos cuenta: «Celebramos las II Jornadas de Comunicación y Software Libre en Sevilla, los días 24 y 25 de abril de este 2014. Contaremos con tres profesores certificados por la Fundación Blender, y se tratarán temas relacionados con el uso de software libre en las tareas propias del diseño gráfico, la producción multimedia, y la creación artística. La web del evento, aún en revisión, está accesible en http://congreso.us.es/comunicacionsl/»

'Software Collections', paquetes RPM de RedHat bajo /opt

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Un pobrecito hablador nos cuenta: «Leo en developer que Red Hat ha desarrollado una rama alternativa de paquetes RPM, denominada 'Software Collections' (SCL) compatible con RHEL, CentOS y Fedora. El sistema SCL permite tener instaladas simultáneamente distintas versiones de un mismo software, de manera independiente al sistema de paquetería RPM oficial que proporciona la distro. Los SCLs se gestionan mediante una utilidad en línea de comandos (scl-utils), que instala los paquetes SCL en una jerarquía de ficheros alternativa bajo /opt, evitando así conflictos con la instalación principal. Los usuarios podrán desarrollar sus propios paquetes, en local o en el sistema de compilación en la nube COPR, anunciada recientemente aquí en barrapunto.»

Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

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An anonymous reader writes "The Linux 3.15 kernel now in its early life will be able to suspend and resume much faster than previous versions of the Linux kernel. A few days ago we saw ACPI and Power Management updates that enable asynchronous threads for more suspend and resume callbacks. Carrying out more async operations leads to reduced time for the system suspend and then resuming. According to one developer, it was about an 80% time savings within one of the phases. On Friday, work was merged that ensured the kernel is no longer blocked by waiting for ATA devices to resume. Multiple ATA devices can be woken up simultaneously, and any ATA commands for the device(s) will be queued until they have powered up. According to an 01.org blog post on the ATA/SCSI resume optimization patches, when tested on three Intel Linux systems the resume time was between 7x and 12x faster (not including the latest ACPI/PM S&R optimizations)."

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