Jun 212018

Linux has inherited from UNIX the concept of ownerships and permissions for files. This is basically because it was conceived as a networked system where different people would be using a variety of programs, files, etc. Obviously, there's a need to keep things organized and secure. We don't want an ordinary user using a program that could potentially trash the whole system. There are security and privacy issues here as well. Let's face it, we don't want Bill to read Bob's love letters to…

File Permissions – chmod
File Permissions – chmod
Source: Linux.org

Jun 212018

News briefs for June 21, 2018.

Yesterday the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee voted in favor of
“the most harmful provisions of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the
Digital Single Market”, Creative
Commons reports
. The provisions include the Article 11 “link tax”, which requires “anyone using snippets of
journalistic content to first get a license or pay a fee to the publisher for
its use online.” The committee also voted in favor of Article 13, which
“requires online platforms to monitor their users’ uploads and try to
prevent copyright infringement through automated filtering.” There are still
several steps to get through before the Directive is completely adopted. See
for more information.

This week IBM and creator David Clark Cause announced
the Call for Code
, which “aims to unleash the collective power of the
global open source developer community against the growing threat of natural
disasters.” See also here
for more information on how to answer the Call for Code and “create
applications that improve disaster preparedness, build resilient communities,
and safeguard the health and well-being of individuals and institutions.”

Equus Compute Solutions recently announced
the release of its new WHITEBOX OPEN family of servers and storage solutions
that are “custom, cost-optimized open-hardware platforms”. The WHITEBOX OPEN
servers use OpenBMC (the open-source implementation of the Baseboard Management
Controller firmware stack), coreboot and LinuxBoot to customize the server
BIOS and OCP slots that accommodate multi-vendor network cards.

Google added a Guest app to its Fucshia OS. According to the Linux.com
, the app enables Linux apps to run within Fuchsia as a virtual
machine, using a library called Machina “that permits closer integration with
the OS than is available with typical emulators.”

Crate.io launched a commercial Machine Data Platform, as well as a new
version of its open-source SQL database for the Internet of Things and
machine data, Linux
Insider reports
. CrateDB 3.0 features faster performance, enhanced
security and “gives mainstream SQL developers access to machine data
applications that previously were available only with NoSQL solutions.”

The EU Parliament Legal Affairs Committee Vote on Directive on Copyright, David Clark Cause and IBM's Call for Code, Equus' New WHITEBOX OPEN Server Platform and More
Source: Linux Journal