Featured post

About the DCGLUG

images images (1)

DEVON AND CORNWALL GNU/LINUX USER GROUP

http://www.nikeairmaxfreedom.com nike air max 95


 

The Devon and Cornwall GNU/Linux User Group is for anyone who uses – or is interested in using – Free, Libre and Open Source Software. The group is made up of a wide range of people from home users to professionals and between us we have a wide range of experience and knowledge. Please feel free to join our discussion mailing list, or chat with us on IRC (chat). The Torbay meetings are now part of the Raspberry Pi jams as these are arranged by members.

Updates:

Free & Open Source Software Outreach Program for Women

This came through on e-mail today

Free & Open Source Software Outreach Program for Women
======================================================

The GNOME Foundation started the Free & Open Source Software Outreach Program
for Women, OPW, in 2006. It was quite successful, and in the January-April 2013
round, many other FOSS organizations joined the program. We are happy to
announce that Debian will participate in the next round
(December '14-March '15) and, pending sponsorship, we'll offer up to three
internships. 

You can find more details about the program:
* http://wiki.debian.org/OutreachProgramForWomen with details about
Debian's participation.
* http://live.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen with details about the
program in general.

Call for mentors and projects
=============================

OPW allows applicants to work on any kind of project, including coding,
design, marketing, web development... If you have any idea for a
project and you want to mentor it, please contact us at opw@debian.org
and we'll guide you through the process.

OPW provides a lot of useful information for mentors on the GNOME Wiki at
https://wiki.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen/Admin/InfoForMentors. Please
have a look, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any question.

Call for participants
=====================

The main goal of this program is to increase the number of women in
FOSS, so all women who are not yet a Debian Developer or a Debian
Maintainer are encouraged to apply. There are no age restrictions and
applicants don't need to be a student.

If you want to apply, you must follow three steps:

1. Choose a project from the list of proposed projects on
http://wiki.debian.org/OutreachProgramForWomen. Those lists may change as
mentors add themselves over the next few weeks.

2. Make a small contribution to Debian. Projects will add a task the
applicant must complete as part of the pre-selection process. If no task
is provided, you are welcome to ask the mentors of the project. You can
also make a different extra task of the one listed to show your skills
and interest.

3. Create a page in the Debian wiki with your application. You can do so
under pseudonym, but in that case, please give us information about
yourself privately by email to the people below!


The Debian OPW coordinators <opw@debian.org>
 Tom Marble
 Nicolas Dandrimont

Rapid Application Development with Quickly

On Friday 10th October Rick Timmis of the Exeter Linux user group will be presenting a talk on Rapid Application Development with Quickly (this comes with ubuntu or can be installed on ubuntu)

Friday 10th October 2014

Meeting starts a 19:30

Exwick Old School -> Map

Exwick Road

Exeter

Devon

EX4 2AT

The first of our new format meetings, The kitchen will be open, for squash, tea and coffee.

There WILL be the opportunity for a “Fish n Chip” run, to the Exwick Fish and Chip shop, just around the corner.

Schedule

Meet at the Exwick Ark Pre School (i.e LUG HQ) at 7:30pm

7:30 pm Arrival

7:45 – 8:30 pm Keynote session – Rapid Application Development with Quickly – Rick Timmis

Emergency Response “Hackathon” to Help MSF with Ebola Outbreak

Another opportunity for anyone who has the right skills and is willing to get involved

 

We're launching an emergency response "hackathon" this weekend to help
Medecins sans Frontieres with a specific problem they're having in
responding to the Ebola outbreak.

They need a way to track patient information and more quickly find
individual patients in their Emergency Treatment Centres. (more info in
this Google Doc
<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iv5VFdSsPnYyM7DcSrO8SoMMYsKov_8MhpJMi-6njNY/edit>
)

*The solution may include a Raspberry Pi or Arduino Nano element which is
why I wanted to ask you if you can help or know any really good developers
who we should invite to the team?*

We're forming a tight team of people from the Geeklist Corps of Developers
+ others in our networks who we know are good, to get together and work
with MSF to build a solution that works and can be rapidly deployed.

So far on the team we have Pim de Witte on back-end/Java, Gil Julio on
Android app, and me on UX.

We're going to have a kick-off call at 9pm BST / 10pm CEST tonight (Friday)
to discuss more and form the team, then we'll likely get together in London
this weekend.

Can you help?

- Dan

## Free Software Foundation statement on the GNU Bash “shellshock” vulnerability

## Free Software Foundation statement on the GNU Bash "shellshock" vulnerability  

*This post can be viewed online at <https://fsf.org/news/free-software-foundation-statement-on-the-gnu-bash-shellshock-vulnerability>.*

A major security vulnerability has been discovered in the free
software shell GNU Bash. The most serious issues have already been
fixed, and a complete fix is well underway. GNU/Linux distributions
are working quickly to release updated packages for their users. All
Bash users should upgrade immediately, and audit the list of remote
network services running on their systems.

Bash is the [GNU Project's][1] shell; it is part of the suite of
software that makes up the GNU operating system. The GNU programs plus
the kernel Linux form a commonly used complete [free software][2]
operating system, called GNU/Linux. The bug, which is being referred
to as "shellshock," can allow, in some circumstances, attackers to
remotely access and control systems using Bash (and programs that call
Bash) as an attack vector, regardless of what kernel they are
running. The bug probably affects many GNU/Linux users, along with
those using Bash on proprietary operating systems like Apple's OS X
and Microsoft Windows. Additional technical details about the issue
can be found [at CVE-2014-6271][3] and [CVE-2014-7169][4].

[GNU Bash][5] has been widely adopted because it is a free (as in
freedom), reliable, and featureful shell. This popularity means the
serious bug that was published yesterday is just as
widespread. Fortunately, GNU Bash's license, the [GNU General Public
License version 3][6], has facilitated a rapid response. It allowed
[Red Hat][7] to develop and share patches in conjunction with Bash
upstream developers efforts to fix the bug, which anyone can download
and apply themselves. Everyone using Bash has the freedom to download,
inspect, and modify the code -- unlike with Microsoft, Apple, or other
proprietary software.

Software freedom is a precondition for secure computing; it guarantees
everyone the ability to examine the code to detect vulnerabilities,
and to create new and safe versions if a vulnerability is
discovered. Your software freedom does not guarantee bug-free code,
and neither does proprietary software: bugs happen no matter how the
software is licensed. But when a bug is discovered in free software,
everyone has the permission, rights, and source code to expose and fix
the problem. That fix can then be immediately freely distributed to
everyone who needs it. Thus, [these freedoms][2] are crucial for
ethical, secure computing.

Proprietary, (aka nonfree) software relies on an unjust development
model that denies users the basic freedom to control their
computers. When software's code is kept hidden, it is vulnerable not
only to bugs that go undetected, but to the easier deliberate addition
and maintenance of [malicious features][8]. Companies can use the
obscurity of their code to hide serious problems, and it has been
documented that [Microsoft provides intelligence agencies with
information about security vulnerabilities before fixing them][9].

Free software cannot guarantee your security, and in certain
situations may appear less secure on specific vectors than some
proprietary programs. As was widely agreed in the aftermath of the
OpenSSL "Heartbleed" bug, the solution is not to trade one security
bug for the very deep insecurity inherently created by proprietary
software -- the solution is to put energy and resources into auditing
and improving free programs.

Development of Bash, and GNU in general, is almost exclusively a
volunteer effort, and [you can contribute][5]. We are reviewing Bash
development, to see if increased funding can help prevent future
problems. If you or your organization use Bash and are potentially
interested in supporting its development, please [contact
us](donate@fsf.org).

The patches to fix this issue can be obtained directly at
<http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/bash/>.

### Media Contacts

John Sullivan  
Executive Director  
Free Software Foundation  
+1 (617) 542 5942  
<campaigns@fsf.org> 

[1]: https://www.gnu.org
[2]: https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw
[3]: https://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2014-6271
[4]: https://web.nvd.nist.gov/view/vuln/detail?vulnId=CVE-2014-7169
[5]: https://www.gnu.org/software/bash/
[6]: https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl
[7]: https://securityblog.redhat.com/2014/09/24/bash-specially-crafted-environment-variables-code-injection-attack/
[8]: https://gnu.org/philosophy/proprietary
[9]: http://www.computerworlduk.com/blogs/open-enterprise/how-can-any-company-ever-trust-microsoft-again-3569376/
– Follow us at https://status.fsf.org/fsf | Subscribe to our blogs via RSS at https://fsf.org/blogs/RSS Join us as an associate member at https://www.fsf.org/jf Sent from the Free Software Foundation, 51 Franklin Street Floor 5 Boston, Massachusetts 02110-1301 United States

Pi Jams – What we try and do

With monthly Raspberry Pi jams in Paignton,  what would you like to see at these jams.  Given they are now more about just raspberry

At present we :

Help on how to get started,  what you need to get started, what to buy etc

Show you some of the many add on boards etc available for the pi

Demonstrate projects based on the PI AND Arduino systems (which will hopefully inspire your projects)

Help with getting started with programming or provide advice  on the next step for example where to go after using scratch.

We have a few laptops (with Linux)

Help with hardware projects (either stand along or linked to Pi , Arduino and similar devices)

Networking with other users

We would like to encourage young people to network with other young people and advocate collaboration and peer supported learning

We sometimes invite people in,  for example in September we had the virtually safe team in who spent some time discussing the concerns of the young people at the jam
We also try and advocate other groups and initiatives that may be of interest to young people: for example Young rewired state, coder dojos, after school clubs. Promote events for adults for example hack4good events or hackathons on services such as geekli.stWe can also help with Linux user group related activities such as install and set up help for Linux. Advice on software or general discussion on related issues.Promote and advocate the use of free and open source software and the work of the Free software foundation Europe..Advocate and promote the new school Computer science curriculum. Enguage with parents, students and teachers in order to facilitate support if needed.Promote STEMnet and Stem activities. Free giveaways such as stickers if available,  copies of Linux cd’s again when / where available.

Arm DS Development tools (Debian edition)

The Arm DS Development tools is now available for Debian.

Quoted from the website (Which I hope is ok,  as its for promotional purposes)

The ARM® DS-5 Development Studio is a professional toolchain developed by ARM to accelerate the development of native (C/C++) Linux applications. It is available free of charge to Debian Developers and offers 32-bit (armel and armhf) and 64-bit (arm64) ARM application debug and system analysis to help make Debian packages robust and highly optimized for ARM processor-based devices. Learn more about Streamline performance analyzer and DS-5 Debugger.

Please visit:

http://ds.arm.com/debian/

For more information

 

September Raspberry Pi jam

Torbay Raspberry Pi jam – Write up 13th September 2014

This month we had the usual mix of projects, help and advice.

First off :

Tom Brough brought along freddie and bob, to demonstrate, Freddie now has a user interface, written in python and I guess tkinter. This allows control over features, which colour the web cam detects OR you can control freddies arms with the interface. Again this proved popular and there could be some interest to run a build your own freddie activity at a future event.

Gordon was on hand to demonstrate some of his ever increasing array of add on boards for the Pi, this is now looking rather impressive esp with the pi-moroni kit to look at.

We also had the virtually safe people along in a tie in to advise people on internet safety, while we didn’t get anyone in specifically to see them, they did talk to the 3 young people and discussed issues that concerns them e.g swearing in chat rooms. The young people also showed them their projects, including a minecraft clone in scratch. We also installed minetest which is the free MC clone.

So a big thank you to the two PCSOs from the virtually safe team. I think you gained something from the chat with the young people which is a good thing. I will discuss getting you back in, in the mean time we have some flyers for the next Pi jam.

http://www.torbayvirtuallysafe.co.uk/

The Pi jam now have 3 laptops for people to use, the idea here being that these are extra computers to either run scratch, or perhaps use for remotely accessing a Raspberry Pi.

I helped a young lad and his dad with some advice on what is needed to get started with a Pi, where to buy from and what can be done with a pi, and then left them to have a go with scratch / Python.

A big thank you to everyone involved, and especially Dan S for bringing two laptops and a stack of Maplins flyers down. Thank you also goes to Rob Beard for PAT testing the PSU’s this means they are certified as safe for people to use.

The next Pi jam in Devon is 4th October at Exeter library 10 – 12

The next Pi jam in Torbay is 11th October, this is the same week as European code week, so the Jam is listed on the codeweek website.

Please tell friends, teachers, work colleages, children / young people lets get lots of people to the events in October.

The event is slowly building up, we took positives from today so we are working on a few items behind the scenes.

Next time expect more of the same, I am hoping to demonstrate ToriOS which is a minimal Linux based operating system based on Ubuntu 12.04 (http://www.torios.org/)

There is more to a Pi jam than simply Raspberry Pi. It is also about coding, education, help & advice and keeping safe while coding.