Microsoft shocks the world by open sourcing .NET

In today's open source roundup: Microsoft open sources .NET for Linux and Mac. Plus: A comparison of three security distributions, and Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS is available for download

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Thorin Klosowski at Lifehacker on the advantages and disadvantages of Qubes, Tails and Kali:

Here are the strengths and weaknesses of all three.

Tails Pros: Routes all your traffic through Tor, comes with a ton of open-source software, has a "Windows Camouflage" mode to make it look more like Windows 8.

Tails Cons: Can't save files locally, slow, loading web sites through Tor takes forever.

Kali Pros: Everything you need to test a network is included in the distribution, it's relatively easy to use, and can be run on both a Live CD and in a virtual machine.

Kali Cons: Doesn't include too many tools for everyday use, doesn't include the cryptographic tools that Tails does.

Qubes Pros: The isolation technique ensures that if you do download malware, your entire system isn't infected. Qubes works on a wide variety of hardware, and it's easy to securely share clipboard data between VMs.

Qubes Cons: Qubes requires that you take action to create the VMs, so none of the security measures are foolproof. It's still totally susceptible to malware or other attacks too, but there's less of a chance that it'll infect your whole system.

More at Lifehacker

Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS released

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Ubuntu 14.10 has gotten a lot of attention lately, but not everybody likes the Unity desktop environment. Thankfully, you can now download Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS, and use its more traditional desktop instead of Unity. You can also check out a list of changes in Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS.

Joey-Elijah Sneddon reports on the release of Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS and notes that it's really a blend of Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10.:

Now, at this point you’re probably wondering if I’ve made a typo (I’m Joey Sneddon; that is a near certainty). But in this instance, no; you read correct. The Ubuntu MATE team has decided to retrospectively create an LTS release.

Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS should really be called Ubuntu MATE 14.11 LTS. Not just because it has been released in November, but because its code base is more of a mix of 14.04 and 14.10...

More at OMG Ubuntu

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