News briefs for July 18, 2018.
Google is being fined $5 billion USD for Android antitrust violations, The
Verge reports. The EU Commission claims Google has abused Android dominance in three
ways: “Google has been bundling its search engine and Chrome apps into the operating
system. Google has also allegedly blocked phone makers from creating devices that run
forked versions of Android, and ‘made payments to certain large manufacturers and
mobile network operators’ to exclusively bundle the Google Search app on handsets.” It
has 90 days to bring its “illegal conduct to an end in an effective manner”. Google
plans to appeal this decision.
Qt Creator version 4.7.0 is now available. The release
announcement notes that with this release, the Clang code model now is on by
default to keep up with developments in C++. In addition, “the Clang code model provides much
better information about issues in code without going through the edit-compile-analyze
cycle explicitly.” You can download the open-source version here.
ownCloud’s new version 10.0.9 includes improved password policy, S3 Object
Storage integration and pending shares feature. According to the ownCloud press release,
this new version increases security as “password policies can now be defined for
all users, and a password history prevents previously used passwords from being set
and the ability to accept or reject pending shares of received files provides additional
control and security.” You can download ownCloud here and
its corresponding apps here.
that pfSense Gold will be free with the 2.4.4 release, including all
services previously offered under the pfSense Gold subscription, such as the
pfSense Book and monthly online Hangouts (video conferences). In addition,
AutoConfigBackup (ACB) also will be free and will conform to GDPR best
practices. The 2.4.4 release is planned for September 2018.
Kobol is relaunching Helios4 via its own funding campaign. The open-spec NAS SBC and fanned system “runs
Debian on a Marvell Armada 388 SoC with 2GB ECC RAM and offers 1x GbE, 2x USB
3.0, and 4x SATA 3.0 ports for up to 48TB”. According to the Linux Gizmos
post, “So far, the Full Kit is half funded while the Basic Kit has drawn
little interest. Kobol says that it will refund the money if the campaign
doesn’t reach its 500-unit goal by Aug. 5. Shipments are due in October.”
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