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Huang: Crowdfunding the Novena Open Laptop

Andrew "bunnie" Huang has announced an effort to crowdfund an open laptop. They are ARM-based "hacker laptops" (and desktops) where the display opens "the wrong way" to facilitate access to the hardware inside. It runs Linux, of course, and all of the hardware design is freely available. "To be clear, this is not a machine for the faint of heart.

The LLVM Foundation to launch

The LLVM project is starting a
to coordinate its activities. "In terms of structure,
we expect the foundation to be lean: an oversight board of volunteers and a
dedicated administrator. The expectations of this administrator will be to
oversee long-overdue upgrades to our infrastructure (such as the web site
design, bug database, mailing lists, etc), organize the US LLVM Developer
Meeting, and drive the formation of the foundation itself. We do not
expect significant change to our developer policies (i.e.

Security updates for Thursday

Fedora has updated maradns (F19:
denial of service).

Mageia has updated curl (three
vulnerabilities), libyaml (code execution),
mediawiki (cross-site request forgery), perl-YAML-LibYAML (two code execution
vulnerabilities), php-ZendFramework
(multiple vulnerabilities),

[$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for April 3, 2014

The LWN.net Weekly Edition for April 3, 2014 is available.

[$] The most powerful contributor agreement

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James Bottomley is perhaps best known as the maintainer of the SCSI
subsystem in the kernel. But, he said in his 2014 Linux Foundation
Collaboration Summit talk, like most free software developers he tends to
run across licensing issues frequently.

The Document Foundation announces the Document Liberation Project

The Document Foundation has launched the Document Liberation Project.
"The Document Liberation Project was created in the hope that it
would empower individuals, organizations, and governments to recover their
data from proprietary formats and provide a mechanism to transition that
data into open file formats, returning effective control over the content
from computer companies to the actual authors. Since the birth of LibreOffice in 2010, several community members have taken it upon themselves to improve format interoperability with proprietary applications.

Security updates for Wednesday

CentOS has updated xalan-j2 (C6; C5: information disclosure/code execution).

Fedora has updated mingw-libpng
(F20: denial of service), openstack-nova
(F19: two vulnerabilities), rubygem-rack-ssl (F20: cross-site scripting),
squid (F20: denial of service), and

Ubuntu One service shutting down

Canonical has announced
the imminent shutdown of its "Ubuntu One" cloud storage service. "As
of today, it will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music from
the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services will not be included in
the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release, and the Ubuntu One apps in older
versions of Ubuntu and in the Ubuntu, Google, and Apple stores will be
updated appropriately.

IPython 2.0 released

of the IPython system is out. The list of new features includes
interactive widgets in the notebook, a new security model, directory
navigation, and much more; see the announcement for details or this article from March for an overview of the

Ubuntu To Make Amazon Product Results ‘Opt-In’ (OMG!Ubuntu)

Ubuntu's Unity dash search has come under fire for sending search terms to
Amazon (and including those results) by default. In future versions of
Unity users will explicitly need to opt-in, reports
. "In Unity 8 the search paradigm has shifted towards
refinement. Gone is a central ‘home scope’ that tries to do ‘all the
things’, at all times, from as many places as possible. Instead, online
searches are conducted through a the (rather ridiculously named) “Scopes

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