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Endian -  Mercury 50 (Small and Medium Businesses) 

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Complete protection for small to medium-sized networks

Conceived with small, expanding businesses in mind, the Mercury 50 is the perfect solution for future-proofing the growth of your network. With a capacity of 50 active users, the Mercury 50 was designed to handle the processing of heavy Internet traffic, emails and VPN connections to branch offices. And with enterprise-level security features like stateful firewall, intrusion detection & prevention system and gateway Anti Virus, the Mercury 50 makes it easy to provide your network with comprehensive protection

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The threats of Facebook and data mining explained by Eben Moglen : sous-titré en français

Eben Moglen talks about freedom of thought, data mining, facebook, google, Steve Jobs' death, and what we can do about it. Re:Publica, Pourquoi la liberté de...
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Les dangers du "Data Mining" et de Facebook

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The Linux Foundation

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The Linux Foundation is a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux, and promoting standardization and technical collaboration of Open Source Linux
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Time to Shine: Why Desktop Linux is Taking Over

Time to Shine: Why Desktop Linux is Taking Over | Linux A Future |
Learn about Open Source software on the desktop with help from the team at LinuxIT, experts in Linux Support services.
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OpenWRT 15.05 Preparing Improved Security & Better Networking

OpenWRT 15.05 Preparing Improved Security & Better Networking | Linux A Future |
The first release candidate to OpenWRT 15.05, the "Chaos Calmer", is now available for testing...
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Ubuntu Linux -

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Linux Ubuntu is a viable and exciting alternative to users who don’t feel comfortable with Microsoft’s latest version of Windows 8. You can read our review on Windows 8 here
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With Nano Server And Containers, Microsoft Takes On Linux - The Platform

With Nano Server And Containers, Microsoft Takes On Linux - The Platform | Linux A Future |
Linux might have a 25 percent share of the server installed base, depending on who you ask, but it is the platform of choice for new kinds of middleware an
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Easy Ways to Get Your Movie Idea Out of Your Head

Easy Ways to Get Your Movie Idea Out of Your Head | Linux A Future |
Screenwriting apps can format your masterpiece and transfer the results between your smartphone or tablet and your desktop computer.
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WHEN you are a writer, inspiration often strikes when you are not near a computer. Apps can save the day for screenwriters who do their work on the go.

Fade In Mobile is one screenwriting app that I immediately liked. It is free on both iOS and Android, and, unlike some of its rivals, it has been recently updated and should work smoothly on the newest devices. It is a no-nonsense screenwriting app, designed specifically to make it easy to get ideas out of the writer’s mind and into the script.

This means its interface is unfussy, with few bells and whistles apart from features that let you write or edit screenplays with standard formats that describe how the page is set up and how character names are displayed.

This kind of writing environment helps keep me focused. But if you need to be able to make notes or keep descriptions of the characters or lists of scenes, this app is probably not for you.

Fade In Mobile lets you import and export files to Dropbox so you can get to your screenplays on other devices or the company’s desktop screenwriting software. One big downside: Your files are saved in a proprietary format that is probably not compatible with other editing software.

The free edition of the app allows you to work on only one script at a time. The full version allows more scripts and lets you import screenplays written in other file formats, but it costs $5 both on iOS and Android.

A great alternative on iOS is Scripts Pro. Like Fade In, it does an excellent job of keeping scriptwriting and editing straightforward.

The Scripts Pro interface is uncluttered and mostly shows the script you’re working on and the on-screen keyboard. A nice touch is being able to quickly tab through your script, and a handy suggestions prompt appears when you’re typing something like a character name you’ve already entered.

Better yet, the app supports editing of files saved in other formats, including plain text files and files from the popular desktop scriptwriting software Final Draft. You can even transfer files to and from the app wirelessly using iTunes transfers and Dropbox. It’s not the most feature-rich app in the world, but its aim is simple and it does its job well. A $12 price tag may be its only sticking point.

On Android, there’s a free alternative to Scripts Pro called DubScript Screenplay Writer. It has a clean editing interface and uses a scriptwriting standard called Fountain to format the text you write. This means you can type in plain text format as the script forms in your mind, entering character names and so on without having to stop and let the app know that “Arthur,” for example, is a character name.

Once you’ve finished writing, the app automatically tries to identify things and then formats the script by indenting lines. Add in extra features like a customizable interface and the ability to read scripts aloud, and DubScript looks impressive. It may be great for beginning screenwriters.

MyScreenplays is another Android app worth looking at, not least because it’s free. It’s not quite as full-featured or good-looking as DubScript, but it does have some good tricks, like being able to auto-indent and auto-format some parts of your script.

Plus, it has a feature called nonlinear editing, which lets you move sections of your script around when you’re editing. It also exports scripts in files compatible with Final Draft.

Finally, check out Celtx Script. Screenwriters will recognize this brand from its desktop apps. It’s a good-looking and full-featured scriptwriting app that is compatible with script files you’ve written in its desktop versions. The app can synchronize your files so edits and adjustments you make when working on one device will appear on a different one. It costs $5 on iOS and is free on Android, but it may be best suited for more experienced writers.

Quick Call

Timeline is a new kind of news app that stands out from many rivals in the app store by adding context to news stories. Instead of mere headlines and facts, the app curates current news stories by adding relevant historical facts. You may be surprised how it makes you think differently about headline news. It is free on iOS.

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Eben Moglen on Facebook, Google and Government Surveillance - YouTube

Eben Moglen speaks to YASSSU at the Re:Publica conference in Berlin in May 2012 about the threat centralized networks like Facebook and Google impose in term...
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Raspberry Pi 2 Arrives: 6x Faster, An “Entry-Level PC” For $35

Raspberry Pi 2 Arrives: 6x Faster, An “Entry-Level PC” For $35 | Linux A Future |
Grab your screwdrivers, makers! There's a new, more powerful Raspberry Pi in town... The just announced Pi 2, which goes on sale today, adds a quad-core chip..
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LibrePlanet 2015

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LibrePlanet is an annual conference for free software enthusiasts. LibrePlanet brings together software developers, policy experts, activists and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments and face challenges to software freedom. Newcomers are always welcome, and LibrePlanet 2015 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels.

This year, the theme of LibrePlanet is "Free Software Everywhere." We're looking for talks that touch on the many places and ways that free software is used around the world, as well as ways to make free software ubiquitous. Think "where" in the broadest sense of the word--it's not just geography-based talks we're after. What are some contexts where free software is thriving, and some others where it needs a push? How have you worked to gain a foothold for free software in your company or community? And what about free software on all of the myriad pieces of hardware we use, including laptops, phones, tablets, and even coffee makers? At LibrePlanet 2015, we're taking software freedom around the world, to outer space, and through all kinds of industries, governments,

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7 Awesome Open Source Cloud Storage Software For Your Privacy and Security

7 Awesome Open Source Cloud Storage Software For Your Privacy and Security | Linux A Future |
Cloud storage is nothing but an enterprise-level cloud data storage model to store the digital data in logical pools, across the multiple servers. You can use a hosting company such as Amazon, Google, Rackspace, Dropbox and others for keeping your
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your data available and accessible 24x7. You can access data stored on cloud storage via API or desktop/mobile apps or web based systems.

In this post, I'm going to list amazingly awesome open source cloud storage engines that you can use to access and sync your data privately for security and privacy reasons.

Why use open source cloud storage software?

The cloud - Source

Create a cloud on your own server or in a data center.Control and own your own data.Privacy protection.Encryption.Verify source code for bugs and/or backdoors.Avoid spying on your files on the server using encryption.Legal compliance - HIPAA and others.Good performance as your data stored in local storage instead of remote data center.Good reliability and availability due to local LAN. You are no longer depends upon WAN bandwidth or the service provider for network.No artificially imposed limits on storage space or client connections and moreShare your files and data with or without password or time limit. Share it publicly, or privately. No 3rd party corporation own your data.Suggested sample cloud storage setup for home users +----------------+ Internet/ISP----|Router/Wireless | +----+-----------+ | +----+---+ |Home Lan| +--------+ +-------------------+ | | Raspberry Pi | +-------+ Or Intel | | Atom based server | | + | | Cloud storage | +-------------------+

You can use the Raspberry Pi or an Intel Atom CPU based small server as a home cloud storage system. Use an external USB drive or secure backup service such as to backup your cloud server in an encrypted format. This setup ensures that you keep all your data and not to trust the entirety of your personal data to a corporation.

Seafile: Easy to setup cloud storage for home users

Seafile is a file hosting cloud storage software to store files. You can synchronized files and data with PC and mobile devices easily or use the server's web interface for managing your data files. There is no limits on data storage space (except for hard disk capacity) or the number of connected clients to your private server (except for CPU/RAM capacity).

Operating system: Cross-platform (written in C and Python) - MS-Windows/Raspberry Pi/Linux private serverDesktop clients: Yes (Windows/Mac OS X/Linux)Mobile clients: Yes (Android/iPad/iPhone)Type: File cloud storage and data synchronizationPaid support: Yes via Professional EditionLicence: GPLv3 (Community Edition)Download: seafile.comownCloud: Dropbox replacement

ownCloud is another very popular file hosting cloud storage software and often described as Dropbox replacement. Just like Dropbox you can synchronizes your files to your private server. Files placed in ownCloud server are accessible via the mobile and desktop apps. You can add external storage to your ownCloud with Dropbox, SWIFT, FTPs, Google Docs, S3, external WebDAV servers and more. Enable the encryption app to encrypt data on external storage for improved security and privacy.

Operating system: Cross-platform (written in PHP & JavaScript) - MS-Windows/Linux private serverDesktop clients: Yes (Windows/Mac OS X/Linux)Mobile clients: Yes (Android/Apple iOS)Type: File cloud storage and data synchronizationPaid support: Yes via Enterprise EditionLicence: AGPLv3Download: owncloud.orggit-annex assistant

The git-annex assistant creates a synchronised folder on each of your OSX and Linux computers, Android devices, removable drives, NAS appliances, and cloud services. You can manage, share, and sync your large files with the power of git and the ease of use of a simple folder you drop files into. Please note that the software is still under heavy development and new features are added regularly.

Operating system: Cross-platform - MS-Windows(beta)/Linux/OS X/FreeBSD/Docker private serverDesktop clients: No (porting)Mobile clients: Yes (Android)Type: File cloud storage and data synchronizationPaid support: ???Licence: GPL version 3Download: git-annex.branchable.comSparkleShare: Easy to use cloud storage with git as a storage backend

It is also a Dropbox clone and very easy to setup. From the project site:

SparkleShare creates a special folder on your computer. You can add remotely hosted folders (or "projects") to this folder. These projects will be automatically kept in sync with both the host and all of your peers when someone adds, removes or edits a file.

Operating system: Cross-platform (written in C#) - MS-Windows/Linux/OS XDesktop clients: Yes ( MS-Windows/Linux/OS X)Mobile clients: No (Android/iOS on hold)Type: File and data synchronizationPaid support: ???Licence: GPL version 3Download: sparkleshare.orgSyncthing for private, encrypted & authenticated distribution of data

Syncthing is an open-source file synchronization client/server application, written in Go. It replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized.

Operating system: Cross-platform (written in Go) - Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Android, BSD, SolarisDesktop clients: Yes (MS-Windows/Linux/OS X/OpeBSD and Unix-like)Mobile clients: Yes (Android/F-Driod)Type: File and data synchronizationPaid support: ???Licence: GPL version 3Download: syncthing.netStacksync cloud storage

StackSync is an open-source scalable Personal Cloud that can adapt to the necessities of organizations. It puts a special emphasis on security by encrypting data on the client side before it is sent to the server.

Operating system: LinuxDesktop clients: Yes (MS-Windows/Linux/)Mobile clients: Yes (Android)Type: File and data synchronizationPaid support: ???Licence: GPL version 2Download: stacksync.orgOpenStack Object Storage (Swift)

Swift is a scalable redundant storage system. Objects and files are written to multiple disk drives spread throughout servers in the data center, with the OpenStack software responsible for ensuring data replication and integrity across the cluster. Please note that Swift is meant for a large or enterprise users only and not recommended for home users due to complex setup procedures.

Operating system: Cross-platform (written in Python)Desktop clients: ???Mobile clients: ???Type: File, data synchronization and morePaid support: ???Licence: Apache License 2.0Download: openstack.orgConclusion

Personally, I'm using Owncloud as FOSS based cloud solution for my file sharing with friends and family. It offers me Calendar, Contacts, and Dropbox like storage. My cloud server has total 5 disks, 2 Gib RAM, and an Intel atom cpu. I use a Debian Linux with RAID 6. I backup my cloud to an external USB drive and currently, testing tarsanp backup service. I'm also planning to try out SparkleShare on the Raspberry Pi soon.

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Customized Single Board Computer - Kostengünstig

Customized Single Board Computer - Kostengünstig | Linux A Future |
Allerdings bringt das SBC-Prinzip von Natur aus Nachteile mit sich. Zunächst verursacht das SBC-Prinzip hohe Kosten beim Nachrüsten auf neue Technologien. Da SBCs in Standardgrössen und mit konkreten Interfaces fabriziert werden, ist es schwierig diese an Neuerungen der Zukunft anzupassen, deswegen müssen OEMs von Zeit zu Zeit zu einer vollständig neuen SBC-Lösung greifen. Weiter ist es umständlich ein SBC zu individualisieren, da der Prozessorchipsatz und die umgebenden I/Os wegen dem Single-Board-Design auf engstem Raum verbunden sind. Schlussendlich könnten Anwendungen mit räumlich begrenztem Platzangebot mit den auf dem Markt erhältlichen, bezüglich Grösse standardisierten SBCs zu kämpfen haben.

Der Computer On Module (COM) oder das System On Module (SOM) begleitet von einer Baseboard-Platine stellt eine äquivalente Lösung wie die SBCs zur Verfügung. Das COM-Prinzip trennt den komplexen Mikroprozessorteil vom verhältnismässig simplen I/O-Teil. Dies ermöglicht, die Baseboard-Platine nach den Anwendungs- und Grössenanforderungen des Endprodukts flexibel zu gestalten. Des Weiteren sorgen die pin-kompatiblen Module für bequemen und kostengünstigen Übergang zu neuen Technologien.

Ein kundenspezifischer SBC ist eine einsatzbereite Embedded-Lösung, welche COM/SOM und ein Carrier Board kombiniert. Diese Kombination stellt eine begehrenswerte Alternative zu normalen SBC’s dar, da es die gleiche Flexibilität sowie Skalierbarkeit bietet und eine einsatzbereite komplette Embedded-Lösung für die Entwicklung von Embedded-Endprodukte darstellt, was einer der grössten Vorteil von SBC ist.
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Toradex bietet eine Vielfalt von kundenspezifischen SBCs mit unterschiedlichen Leistungsgraden, Features und Preisklassen. Kunden können durch Kombinieren eines beliebigen Modules mit einem passenden Carrier Board ihren eigenen individuellen SBC entwerfen, dies jeweils innerhalb der Apalis- oder Colibri Family. Nachstehend präsentieren wir Ihnen das kostengünstigste kundenspezifische SBC.
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Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable

Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable | Linux A Future |
The Linux Foundation already provides Linux training in various forms, including white papers, online classes, and other resources. Zemlin said one introductory online Linux course the Foundation co-created with Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has enrolled 250,000 students.
Jim Zemlin at Linuxcon 2014

Jim Zemlin speaking at Linuxcon 2014

With the launch of the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) and Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE) programs, the group will now offer employers a way to verify that prospective hires have the skills they need.

"These are hard tests. When you take and pass these you can really prove that you know what you're doing," Zemlin said.

While other organizations have offered Linux certification in the past, however, the Linux Foundation's approach is different in that Linux pros can become certified from anywhere in the world, with exams conducted entirely online. Enrollees need never travel to a testing center.

The certification exams require an internet connection, a web browser, a microphone, and a webcam, but they are entirely performance-based. Rather than solving multiple-choice problems or answering "trick questions," as Zemlin put it, test-takers are asked to complete real-world tasks with a time limit.

At launch, enrollees can take the certification exams on their choice of three Linux distributions, including CentOS, OpenSuse, and Ubuntu. Neither Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) nor derivatives like Fedora are included in the program so far.

Those who pass the exams will be issued a graphical emblem to display on their CVs, websites, LinkedIn pages, or other job-search tools.

As an added bonus for LinuxCon attendees, the Linux Foundation issued everyone at the Chicago event coupons entitling them to one free shot at certification each.

Certification ordinarily costs $300, but for a limited time the Linux Foundation is offering a discounted rate of $50 for the first 500 people to sign up for the exams. The group said it plans to announce additional discounts and promotions via its official training Twitter feed. ®
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Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" KDE released!

Linux Mint 17.2 "Rafaela" KDE released! | Linux A Future |
The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” KDE. Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela KDE Edition Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop
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Ubuntu on phones | Ubuntu

Ubuntu on phones | Ubuntu | Linux A Future |
With a radical new paradigm that makes it quicker and easier to find content and services than ever before, the beautifully designed Ubuntu phone is the opportunity the mobile industry has been waiting for.
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FSF Blogs: Asking Obama to protect encryption, and why that's not enough

FSF Blogs: Asking Obama to protect encryption, and why that's not enough | Linux A Future |
In addition to civil society organizations like the FSF, the
was signed by some of the most important cryptologists in the world,
including the inventors of many of the key technologies behind modern
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Tribute to Mandrake

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OpenMandriva tribute to Mandriva/Mandrake, and announcing new upcoming 2014.2 update release.
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Good news everyone, a new version of OpenMandriva is ready to see the world in a few days, 2014.2 will soon be making its way to you.
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Git Success Stories and Tips from KVM Maintainer Paolo Bonzini - (blog)

Git Success Stories and Tips from KVM Maintainer Paolo Bonzini - (blog) | Linux A Future |
KVM maintainer Paolo Bonzini shares how and why they use Git, tells their Git success stories, and gives some pro tips for getting the most out of the tool.
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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin | Linux A Future |
Out with the old and in with the GNU
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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguinOut with the old and in with the GNU 3 Dec 2014 at 10:02, Shaun Dormon

Product round-up Much to the dismay of many a sysadmin, Linux is no longer purely the domain of Captain Command-Line and his trusty side-kick Admiral APT. For those looking to make the most of their new-fangled graphics-capable hardware, here’s a selection of freeware to start with, in our case as installed on Ubuntu 14.04:


Neat-freaks and fans of the tin-foil hat will find BleachBit a most welcome addition to their arsenal in the war against unwanted data. If you’ve used CCleaner on Windows platforms, then you’ll be familiar with the concept – just tick the boxes relevant to the clutter that you want gone and BleachBit will see it out the door.

There’s more to it than meets the eye though. BleachBit is also capable of truly getting rid of unwanted data, not just marking it as deleted, but overwriting it with random noise. If you’re not in a hurry, you can go ahead and enable this on all files or run it over every empty sector, but those who value their time can opt to perform such actions on a per-file basis too.

Developer Andrew Ziem
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Viruses may not be so prolific in the domain of *nix systems as they are for those who fly the four-quadrant flag, but that’s no reason to put your feet up – there are the odd few nasties out there that do occasionally pose threat to even the wariest of sysadmins. It’s also important to take pity on those who use more vulnerable systems, particularly if you share files with them on a regular basis, for the risk of inadvertently becoming a carrier is high.

My tool of choice to keep things in check is the venerable ClamAV engine coupled with the simple, user-friendly and effective ClamTK front-end. It gets the job done without any of the nonsense that’s generally associated with antivirus kit, there’s no reason not to have this on your system running in the background.

Developer Dave M.
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Rolling release vs. fixed release Linux | ZDNet

Rolling release vs. fixed release Linux | ZDNet | Linux A Future |
Rolling release vs. fixed release Linux

Summary:The new rolling-release Linux distributions are gaining on traditional fixed-release Linux distros.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Linux and Open Source | February 3, 2015 -- 01:15 GMT (01:15 GMT)

Greg Kroah-Hartman, a leading Linux developer, recently announced that he had finally retired his "traditional" Linux distro for all "rolling-release" Linux systems. He's not the only one; rolling-release distros are becoming much more popular. So, you ask, what the heck is a rolling-release Linux distro? Well, I'll tell you.

archlinux.jpgArch Linux is the most well-known rolling-release desktop Linux.
A rolling-release Linux is one that's constantly being updated. To some of you, that will sound a lot like DevOps' idea of continuous deployment. You'd be right in thinking so. In both cases, the idea is that users and developers are best served by giving them the latest updates and patches as they're created.

There are several ways of doing this. One is to deliver frequent, small updates, which is the model that Arch Linux uses. Another is to replace an old image of the operating system or program with a new one as changes are added to the software. Ubuntu Core is taking this approach.

Now, your first thought might be that this approach is one that only developers, who usually want the hottest new programs, could love. With the advance of DevOps, rolling releases are starting to move into enterprise software releases. That's the model, which CoreOS has taken for its enterprise Linux distro for clouds and the datacenter.

While rolling releases may have become more popular, there's nothing new about this method of releasing software. Gentoo Linux, one of the oldest active distros and one of the parents to Google's Chrome OS Linux variant, has taken this approach for almost 15 years now.

The fixed-release model is the one that most of you know well. It's used by Canonical for its mainstream Ubuntu Linux release; Red Hat for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL); SUSE for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES); and so on. In fixed releases, major distributions are made on a schedule, with security patches and minor updates made as needed.

Each of these methods of updating software has advantages and disadvantages. For example, with a rolling release, major bugs may appear in a production system. On the other hand, major improvements may take months, or even years, to appear in a fixed-release Linux.

So, which would you rather have? The latest and greatest, with perhaps some bugs, or the most stable and sure, but without the newest, best software?

I can see the arguments for both sides. Personally, I believe that rolling releases should only be deployed by experts for their own use or for customers who demand hot, new improvements. For everyone else, I think the stability of fixed-release distributions make them a better choice, especially for production environments.

Related stories:

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mofiaaaa 57 minutes ago

on balance, i've found that the more frequent updates of a rolling release produces little real benefits. it seemed fun at first (using arch linux). It is still fun but is getting a bit tiring doing all the updates, some might even create troubles (however temporarily and fixable). I'm not a developer but I do use my linux at least 8 hrs a day. To me, a fixed release like Debian is superb.
wright_is 3 hours ago

Developers around here generally don't want the latest and greatest. They want a stable development platform. They don't want to have to recompile and retest all their systems every couple of months against a new version of the OS.

Likewise the customers want a stable solution, they don't care about updates - as long as it is secure.

We also have a couple of certified products. In order to keep the certification, we have to use an LTS OS, which only gets security updates. A rolling system would be prohibitively expensive - over $20K every time a new OS release comes out and probably 3 to 6 months lead time to get the certification in place.
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caesar 0 7 hours ago

I have purchased 6 Chromebooks of which I repurposed 4 as Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with Cinnamon UI; I would let the updates just happen, until I lost Cinnamon this way. No more automatic updates, because I was used to Cinnamon. I now have 3 with 14.04 LTS, and one left with Cinnamon. 14.04 has disallowed Cinnamon for its updates.

2 with 14.04 LTS are also dual-boot with Chrome OS. I'm typing this on the Chrome version right now.
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And almost nothing of what's being released is Linux...
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In this context, "Linux" means "Linux distribution", i.e. an OS built upon the Linux kernel. (This is made clear in the article's first sentence.)

Since you're in a mood to be pedantic about terminology, do you also believe that a "Windows" kernel should present the user with a GUI window?

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Ubuntu Core on Internet Things | Snappy | Ubuntu

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Ubuntu Core on Internet Things

Snappy Ubuntu Core on smart devices delivers bullet-proof security, reliable updates and the enormous Ubuntu ecosystem at your fingertips, bringing the developer's favourite cloud platform to a wide range of internet things, connected devices and autonomous machines.

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“We are inspired to support entrepreneurs and inventors focused on life-changing projects. From scientific breakthroughs by autonomous robotic explorers to everyday miracles like home safety and energy efficiency, our world is being transformed by smart machines that can see, hear, move, communicate and sense in unprecedented ways.”

Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Ubuntu and Canonical

Smarter, safer robots

Early users of Ubuntu on connected devices are pioneers in robotics, drones and open hubs for connected things. Ubuntu Core is the secure platform for super-smart stuff, with an app store that brings the very latest software straight to your device and easy connections to every cloud.

Ubuntu underpins the work of the Open Source Robotics Foundation.

“Ubuntu Core enables our new app store for open robots. That creates a market for innovation and competition in smart robotics, with apps and updates delivered straight from developers to a new class of open, intelligent robots powered by open platforms and open protocols.”

Brian Gerkey, CEO of the Open Source Robotics Foundation

Amazing autonomous things

Commercial vendors of drones and other smart things can now deliver reliable software updates automatically, and sell software to their customers, on an open platform.
Erle Copter

“We are delighted to reveal the Erle-Copter as the world's first Ubuntu Core powered drone that will stay secure automatically and can be upgraded with additional capabilities from the app store. An open platform attracts innovators and experts to collaborate and compete, we are excited to lead the way with open drones for education, research and invention.”

Victor Mayoral Vilches, CTO of Erle Robotics

A marketplace for incredible apps on open devices

General-purpose, extensible devices like hubs, set-top boxes and gateways create a market for apps from a global developer community. “The app store for internet things is now open on Ubuntu,” says Maarten Ectors, VP of Internet Things at Canonical, the company that leads Ubuntu development. “Ubuntu makes it easy to develop amazing apps for incredible devices on your laptop, test on the cloud and publish straight to a global market of diverse devices.”

Serial crowdfunding success story Ninja Blocks, makers of the open Ninja Sphere smart controller are launching a home app platform and store based on Ubuntu Core and snappy applications.
Ninja Blocks Sphere logo

“The open Ninja Sphere controller based on Ubuntu Core is a perfect base for building apps that interact with devices and sensors in your home. We look forward to the growth of a new ecosystem of inventors and creators and are delighted to provide them with a blank canvas for their creativity.”

Daniel Friedman, CEO of Ninja Blocks

The developer's favourite

The huge range of software on Ubuntu helps developers with sophisticated processing such as vision, sensor processing, motion and location. This popularity leads to frequent sightings of “Ubuntu in the wild” in projects as diverse self-driving cars, entertainment control systems, deep space mission control centers, and smart display systems. Ubuntu Core provides a production-ready platform for products that will ship across the globe, be hard to access physically and be connected to the internet for updates and security fixes.
One platform, from cloud to device

Ubuntu Core presents a single identical platform from cloud to device. “It has never been easier to develop for embedded devices,” comments Alexander Sack, who leads device engineering at Canonical. “Ubuntu Core on the cloud is a perfect platform for test and dev, I can simulate my device online and launch thousands of simulated devices on demand.” Canonical ensures that Ubuntu Core on the cloud and on devices present the exact same APIs and receive identical security updates.

Developers of ownCloud, the popular private personal cloud solution, have already published ownCloud in the app store, so any spare PC can be turned into a personal, private and secure file sync and share with Ubuntu Core.
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“We are able to deliver the latest ownCloud straight to your device, adding features and fixing problems for worry-free, secure personal cloud systems.”

Frank Karlitschek, founder and CTO of ownCloud

Widest range of supported devices

Both ARMv7 and X86-64 are supported. Using standard PC equipment makes device prototyping easy. “A spare laptop or PC becomes your initial development board,” explains Alexander Sack. “Turn an old PC into a home storage server or prototype your robot app on a spare laptop or virtual machine.”

From the $35 ARMv7 Odroid-C1, which offers 1 GB RAM along with gigabit networking and a wide range of RaspberryPi-style expansion ports and pins, to the $179 2 Ghz Octacore Odroid-XU3 with 2 GB RAM and loads of display and I/O, Ubuntu works across the widest range of ARM boards, helping you develop your application secure in the knowledge that you can select the right silicon close the point of manufacture. Reducing the time between innovation and sales is a key advantage for Ubuntu based devices.

Ubuntu Core requires a 600 mhz processor with 128 MB RAM. Devices require 4GB flash for factory reset and system rollback. Ubuntu Core itself uses 40MB RAM leaving the rest for applications. The Beaglebone Black and Odroid-C1 are recommended ARM development boards. For x86, any spare laptop, PC or virtual machine will also serve as a development platform.

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BeagleBone Black board
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“BeagleBone Black and Snappy Ubuntu Core together answer the pervasive questions around the Internet of Things, so I am obviously thrilled. Experts and developers often ask me how they can normalize their application environment and have confidence in the security of the system. With a reference design of Snappy on BeagleBone Black, Canonical and have partnered to ensure anyone can build an IoT prototype quickly and affordable, without any barriers to taking their designs to production.”

Jason Kridner, co-founder of

Our partners

The Snappy Ubuntu Core partner ecosystem launches today with 21 partners already onboard: Ninjablocks' Ninjasphere smart hubs; OSRF - ROS robots; Openhab smarthub framework; Erle Robotics with the Erle-Copter; developer boards like Odroid, Beaglebone, Banana Pro, Udoo, PCDuino, Parallella and chip vendors like Allwinner; IoT frameworks and solutions like Kaa, DeviceHive, IoTSys,,; interoperability with micro-controller operating systems like Riot-OS; IoT narrow band networking like Nwave; App stores on mobile base stations with Fairwaves; IoT meets Docker with Weave; environmental tracking robot boats like the Trasibot.
Ninjablocks logo

The Ninja Sphere is a smart home controller that brings together cutting edge technology with beautiful design and intuitive interaction. The device unites the different standards and protocols and presents a simple and easy to use interface.
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openHAB is one of the most popular open source solutions for smart homes. It integrates more than 100 different home automation systems and technologies into a single solution, which offers over-arching automation rules and homogeneous user interfaces. openHAB is easily extendible and has a very active developer community.
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Open Source Robotics Foundation, Inc. (OSRF) is an independent non-profit organization founded by members of the global robotics community. The mission of OSRF is to support the development, distribution, and adoption of open source software for use in robotics research, education, and product development.
ROS logo

The Robot Operating System (ROS) is a flexible framework for writing robot software. It is a collection of tools, libraries, and conventions that aim to simplify the task of creating complex and robust robot behavior across a wide variety of robotic platforms.
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Erle Robotics

Erle Robotics is a Spanish startup building the next generation of Linux-based personal robots. Their Linux autopilot, Erle-Brain is a palm-size Linux computer for making drones. Through Erle-Brain, Erle Robotics is introducing Erle-Copter, the first multicopter powered by Ubuntu Core.
Odroid logo

Make your ODROID-C1 more secure and faster enabling Snappy Ubuntu Core. Hardkernel’s $35 ODROID-C1 is based on 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A5 SoC, and boasts 1GB RAM. Its tiny size of 85 x 56 mm, weight of 40g and 40pin GPIOs are just suitable for your IoT project. It is also equipped with a gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 2.0 host ports, and a USB OTG port.
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Beagleboard community innovates on open hardware computers for makers of things. The boards are low-cost, fan-less single-board computers based on low-power Texas Instruments processors featuring the ARM Cortex-A series core with all of the expandability of today's desktop machines, but without the bulk, expense, or noise.
Udoo logo

UDOO is a single-board computer integrated with a Arduino 2 compatible microcontroller, designed for education, the world of Makers and fast prototyping and the Internet of Things. Launched on Kickstarter at April 2013 reaching wide consensus and its currently used in lot of projects involving Multimedia, Robotics, Smart Grids, Domotics, Scientific Instruments and Arts.
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An immensely popular $99 parallel single board computer launched on Kickstarter in 2012. The credit card sized Parallella includes a dual core ARM A9 processor, programmable FPGA fabric, and a 16-core RISC coprocessor, making it the most efficient open computing platform in the world. Popular applications include: parallel computing research, robotics, drones, software defined radio, Internet of Things, and high performance computing. It is currently in use by over 200 universities and uses Ubuntu as its default Linux distribution.
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pcDuino is a $39 single board computer that has 1GB DRAM, 4GB flash and Gbps MAC. It is compatible with Arduino ecosystem by providing low level API that runs Arduino sketch code. pcDuino also has a form factor of CPU module that allows to use it in mass market products.
Banana Pro logo

The Banana Pro is a new generation single board computer. The Banana Pro has an Allwinner A20 SoC, that uses the ARM Cortex-A7 dual-core 1 GHz CPU and Mali400 MP2 GPU. The Banana Pro has 1GB DDR3 SDRAM that shared between CPU and GPU, uses a microSD card to boot the OS, and has a SATA 2.0 hard drive interface. The Banana Pro can be applied to a wide range of fields, includes home automation, IoT, private cloud server, robotics, and multimedia applications.
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Allwinner Technology

Allwinner Technology is a leading fabless design company dedicated to smart application processor SoCs and smart analog ICs. Focused on cutting edge UHD video processing, high performance multi-core CPU/GPU integration, and ultra-low power consumption, Allwinner Technology is a mainstream solution provider for the global tablet, internet TV, smart home device, automotive in-dash device, smart power management, and mobile connected device markets.
DeviceHive logo

DeviceHive makes any connected device part of the Internet of Things. It provides the communication layer, control software and multi-platform libraries to bootstrap development of smart energy, home automation, remote sensing, telemetry, remote control and monitoring software, and much more. Leave communications to DeviceHive and focus on product and innovation.
IoTSyS logo

IoTSyS is an integration middleware for the IoT, providing a communication stack for embedded devices based on IPv6, Web services and OASIS OBIX to provide interoperable interfaces for smart objects. The IoTSyS middleware provides a gateway for existing sensor and actuator systems found in many home and building automation systems, a stack which can be deployed directly on embedded 6LoWPAN devices and further addresses security, discovery and scalability issues.
RIOT logo

RIOT is an open-source operating system for the IoT. RIOT is based on a microkernel architecture allows C and C++ application programming. In contrast to other operating systems with similar memory footprint RIOT provides both full multi-threading and real-time capabilities. logo

The platform allows developers to build multi-device IoT applications on Linux devices as easy as they build for the cloud today. takes away the non-essential complexity of provisioning your devices, reaching them over the network, deploying code reliably, and collecting logs, leaving the developers to focus on building the best app possible. is working on support for Ubuntu Snappy devices, coming in Q1 2015.
Kaa logo
Kaa Project

Kaa is an open-source middleware platform for building and facilitating applications in the realm of IoT. Kaa allows companies to expedite a products’ time-to-market, increase performance, and attract customers and subscribers. Kaa introduces standardized methods for enabling integration and interoperation across connected products. The Kaa IoT middleware platform is licensed under Apache 2.0, and is 100% open source without royalties.
NWave logo

NWave has developed best-in-class ultra narrow band radio communications technology, solutions and hardware for the IoT that spans up to 10km and can run 10+ years on a single battery at a radio module volume cost of under $2 each. Based on open standards, with a developer SDK and many deployments, Nwave is ideal for IoT use cases involving small data amounts over large distances.
Fairwaves logo

In Fairwaves we're developing a system for rural mobile networks, which is mostly based on open-source software. Our GSM base-station which is installed in extremely remote locations and the last thing customers want is to have to reset a remote station. We can use Linux Containers to build an application isolation system and an installer with transactional updates, then tweak Ubuntu to use a read-only root file system and then make another dozen tweaks. But now we can just use snappy Ubuntu Core.
Siralab logo

The purpose of the Siralab's Trasibot is to perform different kinds of environmental analysis with an unmanned vehicle. Automating the testing process, analysis results can be collected in the boat and data can be transmitted via a radio link to the base station or shared over internet via a web interface. TrasiBot is able to navigate in total autonomy across a list of preprogrammed way-points, in each of them it can perform a specific task.
Opensensors logo are building a connected world that puts people first. We have built a scalable real time IoT messaging engine that can easily process millions of messages a second from any internet connected device. We enable you to quickly create real time smart IoT products by giving you the components you need such as real time data access, security, storage, data analytics and machine learning. Use our hosted service or download the service and run it in your own firewall.

Weave is a secure application-oriented virtual network by Weaveworks, Inc. It implements an encrypted peer-to-peer overlay mesh, providing a virtual Ethernet network in any cloud and across clouds. With built-in DNS for service discovery, and dynamically scalable topologies, it is an ideal platform for your application. It will adapt itself as you grow, without code changes. It is very easy to use and requires no networking experience. Ubuntu Core with Docker and Weave provide an ideal platform for implementing any IoT-scale application. This video outlines how Weave network could help you in your next Internet of Things project on Ubuntu Core.
2lemetry logo

2lemetry is an Internet of Things platform and technology company, and the only provider to specialize in a software-based approach with an open enablement platform. They provide the only open enablement platform that transforms IoT data for enterprise applications. 2lemetry powers the connected enterprise, tying people, processes, data and devices together — transforming raw data into real-time actionable intelligence.
Getting started with a Beaglebone Black

To bootstrap the brave new snappy Ubuntu for Devices world we have extended support of Snappy Ubuntu Core beyond the cloud by introducing a support for bare metal ARMv7-A powered platforms. While we are working with many platform partners out there to ensure that your platform of choice becomes readily available, we have picked the Beaglebone Black as our first device to get started.

Detailed information about this board can be found at The beaglebone has great support in the upstream linux kernel, which makes it great fit to showcase our vision of ARM SoCs that won't require kernel hacking when building a product and for which security updates will automatically be delivered by Ubuntu.

If you don't have one, but want to ensure that your that your snapp works well on ARM based Ubuntu Core, we encourage you to buy one from one of the many places that have them readily available in stock.

Simply download our prebuilt ubuntu-core for the beaglebone black to your machine and flash it to your sd card using the dd tool:

unxz ubuntu-core-WEBDM-alpha-02_armhf-bbb.img.xz
dd if=ubuntu-core-WEBDM-alpha-02_armhf-bbb.img of=/dev/sdXXX bs=32M

After that is done you simply put the SD card in your Beaglebone, power it on, wait 1-2 minutes and your snappy system will become available at webdm.local:4200. Try exploring the store and install one of the available snapps. If you have your own snapp you would like to publish, simply upload through You can also sideload snapps manually as a developer.
store screenshot

Of course, the snappy CLI experience that we introduced in our alpha-01 release is available on this system and you can access it on our prebuilt images through ssh:

$ ssh ubuntu@webdm.local # password: ubuntu

into your snappy Ubuntu Core system.

More documentation on snappy Ubuntu including a walkthrough of the CLI can be found on the main snappy page.

WebDM: The web device manager

The “web device manager” is a web-based management interface to your snappy device that allows for configuration and package installation. It also provides a way to reach web-based apps running on the device. WebDM can be installed on any snappy device by running “snappy install webdm”. If Ubuntu Core is running as a virtual machine on the cloud you can have webdm installed by default using cloud-init, otherwise you should enable it on your device from a terminal or SSH session.

WebDM provides:

first boot/initial-setup experience on devices that preinstall it
home screen type experience to access and configure installed apps
standardized system administration and app configuration facilities
app store experience to customize and extend the appliance

The WebDM will be branded by device manufacturers. Our first release off webdm (0.1) in snappy Ubuntu alpha-02 includes a working app store experience for your snappy device and also showcases the ability to customize basic branding through our newly introduced OEM customisation system.

Install webdm with “snappy install webdm” if it is not preinstalled in your snappy system, then you can connect to it on port 4200 of your snappy Ubuntu instance.

If you have a beaglebone setup up with our prebuilt image in your local network you should be able to simply go to:

$ firefox http://webdm.local:4200

Hope you enjoy it! Happy to receive feedback on our mailing lists and input to ensure this building block becomes as useful as possible for your appliance scenario.

NOTE: WebDM is currently in alpha and not ready for production. Do not run it on public machines as it does not offer any access control.
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Free software badges to share — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software

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Free Software. Free society.

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This badge gives a graphical representation of the four freedoms guaranteed by every free program. It links to to our What is Free Software?" page.

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First Details Of The Ubuntu Phone « Full Circle Magazine

First Details Of The Ubuntu Phone « Full Circle Magazine | Linux A Future |
Full Circle is a free, independent, monthly magazine dedicated to the Ubuntu family of Linux operating systems. Each month, it contains helpful how-to articles and reader submitted stories.
Jan Bergmans's insight:

Users deserve a richer, faster and unfragmented experience built around the things they do most on their devices.

With the Ubuntu phone we are moving away from the app grid towards integrated content and services. And we do this by providing a user experience that is centered on bringing the key mobile digital life services directly to the screen, which at the heart we call ‘scopes.’

Scopes are a way of delivering unified experiences for various service categories, front and centre to the user, without hiding them behind a sea of apps and app icons. They are created via a simple UI toolkit with much lower development and maintenance costs than apps. There are two types of scopes – aggregation and branded.

Aggregation scopes define the device’s default experience and what makes Ubuntu phones valuable to end users. They allow OEMs and Operators to create a user experience that is unique to their devices such as the NearBy scope that aggregates local services centered around what you’re doing. We’ll go into more detail on the other aggregated scopes in an upcoming Phone Glimpse mailer.

Branded scopes are app like experiences delivered directly to the screen, fully branded. Discoverable through the default store, from a feed in an aggregation scope, or as a favourited default screen. A faster way for developers to build a rich and easier to access branded experience on a device.

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Pillow Talk - Networking Long Distance Lovers

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Pillow Talk - Networking Long Distance Lovers

Posted by Joanna Montgomery on May 1, 2010 at 12:36pm
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Pillow Talk is a project by Interaction Design Student Joanna Montgomery aiming to connect long distance lovers. Each person has a pillow for their bed and a sensor fitted into a wearable chest strap, which they wear to sleep at night. The chest sensor wirelessly communicates with the other person’s pillow; when one person goes to bed, their lover’s pillow begins to glow softly to indicate their presence. Placing your head on the pillow allows you to hear the real-time heartbeat of your loved one.

The result is an intimate interaction between two lovers, regardless of the distance between them.

The project is built using a transceiver from a Polar exercise watch, built into a circuit which runs via an Arduino board. The pillows contain a flat panel containing the circuit, small speakers and lights, which can slot into any pillow.

See more on her portfolio website or on the project blog.

Tags: design, interaction, love, networking, sleep, wearable

Venitta Lateer's curator insight, January 10, 12:53 PM

Very sweet for couples how are far apart :D  

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Mozilla makeover to boost Tor torque, capacity

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Privacy pundits launch Polaris project
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Mozilla will tweak its flagship Firefox browser and host relays to speed up and boost the capacity of Tor under the Polaris project launched today.

The browser baron joined the Tor Project and the Centre for Democracy and Technology, under the Polaris initiative, to create warmer, fuzzier relationships between the organisations to help build more privacy controls into kit.


Legal eagle Denelle Dixon-Thayer said the initiative will involve two projects and help keep participants accountable to privacy.

"Mozilla engineers are evaluating the Tor Project's changes to Firefox, to determine if changes to our own platform code base can enable Tor to work more quickly and easily," Dixon-Thayer said.

"Mozilla will also soon begin hosting our own high-capacity Tor middle relays to make Tor's network more responsive and allow Tor to serve more users.

"We recogniSe that privacy is not just a functionality on your computer or a setting you can turn on or off, and we're excited to see what we can do to advance privacy online with Polaris."

The company was also developing an "experiment" through it's nightly Firefox builds to establish a means to keep advertisers happy without invasive user tracking.

"[It examines] how we can offer a feature that protects those users that want to be free from invasive tracking without penalising advertisers and content sites that respect a user's preferences," Dixon-Thayer said.

She said the experiment was promising but not fully-fledged, and required more testing, refinement and user and advertisement feedback over coming months.

The Tor Project and Center for Democracy and Technology wrote statements expressing their enthusiasm for the initiative.

Mozilla also released a Harris Poll web survey finding that users felt their data was less private than a year ago. ®

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