City Council of Barcelona switches from Microsoft Windows to Linux

For about almost a decade the German city of Munich remained a pioneer of “Linux migration” when it would come to the public sector institutions. It was a big win1 for the open source software community. Munich even had its own brewed Linux distribution called LiMux2, the “M” standing for Munich. In late 2017 though news3 came that the Munich city council decided to roll-back to Microsoft. While that was definitely a saddening news for the community, around the same time the Spanish city of Barcelona decided to adopt open source software.

linux.com website compromised?

The fifth season of History’s show Vikings premiered1 last week. I am subscribed to Netflix and unfortunately it’s scheduled for December. Even worse perhaps it won’t be available on Netflix Mauritius. Meanwhile the internet is full of spoilers about the “delights” of the 2 hours long premiere (episodes 1 & 2). Funny thing is that while searching about Vikings on the internet something peculiar appeared in Google search results. Indeed, the linux.

CCID investigates fake biometric ID card case

In the morning of Friday 1 December 2017 I saw a few people writing about a fake biometric ID card case on Facebook. It all started after it was reported1 on the radio. It’s reported that fraudsters attempted to retrieve money from the State Bank of Mauritius and the Mauritius Commercial Bank using fake biometric identity cards. Thanks to the bank officials who promptly alerted police the people involved in the scam network were apprehended.

Apple MacOS root access flaw

20 hours ago, Lemi Orhan Ergin, a software craftsman from Turkey, tweeted Apple to draw the latter’s attention to a security issue. It was not a vulnerability that required advanced skills to exploit. Dear @AppleSupport, we noticed a HUGE security issue at MacOS High Sierra. Anyone can login as "root" with empty password after clicking on login button several times. Are you aware of it @Apple? — Lemi Orhan Ergin (@lemiorhan) November 28, 2017

IBM to withdraw support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1

On the 28th November 2017 IBM announced1 it would stop supporting TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in several of its cloud products as from the 1st of March 2018. TLS 1.2 will continue to be supported. The change follows IBM’s commitment to offering secure cloud services and adhere to industry best practices. Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a cryptographic protocol that allows HTTPS to conduct secure transactions on the Internet. TLS 1.