DuckDuckGo Ups Ante: Gives $300K to 'Raise the Standard of Trust'
For the seventh year in a row, the search engine that promises not to stalk your online moves puts its money where its mouth is, this year by donating $300,000 to organizations that
System76 Saying Goodbye to Bland Design
Considering that System76 chose to unveil its new design plans to The Linux Gamer -- no invite went to FOSS Force, BTW -- we can't help but wonder if a System76 Steam Machine isn't in the works.

The Screening
The Great Debian Iceweasel/Icedove Saga Comes to an End
Now that Thunderbird is back in the Debian repositories, the decade long dispute that led to all Mozilla products in Debian being rebranded has ended.

The hatchet is finally completely
Back Yard Linux
It's not as lonely being a Linux user as it once was. These days you're liable to find people throughout your neighborhood using Linux.

My how times have changed.

It wasn't long ago that Linux
No, Evil Hackers Aren't After You
Humankind has outgrown the need to have monsters hiding under our beds. Now we let them hide in our phones, computers and microwave ovens.

Roblimo's Hideaway

OMG! I think I see a giant camera lens on
Should the U.S. Army Have Its Own Open Source License?
Should the U.S. armed forces begin releasing software under an OSI approved open source license rather than as public domain?

Roblimo's Hideaway

This question has generated many pixels'
GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath on Open Source
Did you know that the software Stephen Hawking uses to speak is open source and that it's available on GitHub? Neither did we.

The Screening Room

At the Computer History museum, GitHub CEO Chris
July 14th, 2016

David A. Wheeler: Working to Prevent the Next Heartbleed

The Heartbleed bug revealed that some important open source projects were so understaffed that they were unable to properly implement best security practices. The Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative , formed to help open source projects have the ability to adopt these practices, uses a lot of carrot and very little stick.

The FOSS Force Video Interview

David A. Wheeler’s personal website contains more than a book’s worth of Linux and Unix security advice — along with many random observations about this and that, with an emphasis on free and open source software. He was recently selected as technical lead for an important Linux Foundation security project. Is Wheeler famous? Surprisingly not, since he’s not a publicity seeker. But maybe he should be. Many less-accomplished people are.

Wheeler started writing about Linux and Unix security in the last millenium, and he’s never stopped. Now he’s the technical lead for the Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative Badge Project, which is a certification that says a software project is following a set of best practice rules that make sure its developers and maintainers put some major thought into security — and that’s it’s easy to report bugs, and that bug reports get acted upon sooner rather than later.

All basic stuff, right? So it is, but too many projects don’t think about security nearly as much as they should, says Wheeler, who is eminently qualified to lead this effort. As his short bio says, “He has a PhD in Information Technology, a Master’s in Computer Science, a certificate in Information Security, and a B.S. in Electronics Engineering, all from George Mason University (GMU). He lives in Northern Virginia.” (Disclosure: I’ve known Wheeler and followed his work for many years. You can learn a lot from this man. I have.)

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Robin "Roblimo" Miller

Robin "Roblimo" Miller is a freelance writer and former editor-in-chief at Open Source Technology Group, the company that owned SourceForge, freshmeat,, NewsForge, ThinkGeek and Slashdot, and until recently served as a video editor at Slashdot. He also publishes the blog Robin ‘Roblimo’ Miller’s Personal Site. @robinAKAroblimo

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