KDE Frameworks 5 is due out today, the most exciting clean-up of libraries KDE has seen in years. Use KDE classes without brining in the rest of kdelibs. Packaging for Kubuntu is almost all green and Rohan should be uploading it to Utopic this week.
Plasma 5 packages are being made now. We're always looking for people to help out with packaging, if you want to be part of making your distro do join us in #kubuntu-devel
The Beta version of SteamOS, a Debian-based distribution developed by Valve to be used in its hybrid PC / console, has just received an update and numerous packages.
Valve has two builds for SteamOS. One is a stable version (sort of) and the other one is a Beta (Alchemist). The two versions are not all that different from one another, but the Valve developers are using the Beta release to test some of the new updates before they hit the stable branch.
This is just the Beta version of SteamOS and not all of the packages included are stable. It will take a while until all these chages will be added to the Stable branch. The system requirements for Steam OS haven’t changed and have been pretty much the same since the beginning: an Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor, 4GB or more memory, a 250GB or larger disk, NVIDIA, Intel, or AMD graphics card, and a USB port or DVD drive for installation. Check the official announcement for more details about this release.
Submitted by: Silviu Stahie
Noticeably absent from the trial and much of the media attention are the phone companies. Did they know their networks could be so systematically abused? Did they care?
In any case, the public has never been fully informed about how phones have been hacked. Speculation has it that phone hackers were guessing PIN numbers for remote voicemail access, typically trying birthdates and inappropriate PIN numbers like 0000 or 1234.There is more to it
Those in the industry know that there are additional privacy failings in mobile networks, especially the voicemail service. It is not just in the UK either.
There are various reasons for not sharing explicit details on a blog like this and comments concerning such techniques can't be accepted.
Nonetheless, there are some points that do need to be made:
- it is still possible for phones, especially voicemail, to be hacked on demand
- an attacker does not need expensive equipment nor do they need to be within radio range (or even the same country) as their target
- the attacker does not need to be an insider (phone company or spy agency employee)
The bottom line is that the only way to prevent voicemail hacking is to disable the phone's voicemail service completely. Voicemail is not really necessary given that most phones support email now. For those who feel they need it, consider running the voicemail service on your own private PBX using free software like Asterisk or FreeSWITCH. Some Internet telephony service providers also offer third-party voicemail solutions that are far more secure than those default services offered by mobile networks.
To disable voicemail, simply do two things:
- send a letter to the phone company telling them you do not want any voicemail box in their network
- in the mobile phone, select the menu option to disable all diversions, or manually disable each diversion one by one (e.g. disable forwarding when busy, disable forwarding when not answered, disable forwarding when out of range)
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