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LXer Weekly Roundup for 31-Aug-2014

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[url=http://lxer.com/team.php][img]http://lxer.com/content/Scott_Ruecker.jpg[/img][/url] [b]LXer Feature: 31-Aug-2014[/b]In the Roundup this week we have Mozilla's new programming language Rust, 14 Raspberry Pi projects, with the 23rd Birthday of Linux on the 25th we have some interesting facts about Linux, did Red Hat’s CTO walk or was he pushed?, what happens when a non-coder tries to learn Linux and a lot more. Enjoy!

Yahoo Stops New Development On YUI

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First time accepted submitter dnebin writes Yahoo announced that they will cease new development on their javascript framework YUI, bowing to industry trends towards Node.js, Angular, and others. The announcement reads in part: "The consequence of this evolution in web technologies is that large JavaScript libraries, such as YUI, have been receiving less attention from the community. Many developers today look at large JavaScript libraries as walled gardens they don't want to be locked into. As a result, the number of YUI issues and pull requests we've received in the past couple of years has slowly reduced to a trickle. Most core YUI modules do not have active maintainers, relying instead on a slow stream of occasional patches from external contributors. Few reviewers still have the time to ensure that the patches submitted are reviewed quickly and thoroughly."

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Facing ‘abstract threat’ Germany to arm Iraqi Kurds against Islamic State

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“We have to assume ... that there may well be people who return and commit attacks,” the head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Hans-Georg Maassen, told Deutschlandfunk radio, adding that there was an “increased abstract threat” of attacks in Germany.

At least 25 jihadists have already come back to Germany, with more than 400 Germans currently believed to be fighting there, Maassen told the radio. In Syria he said, at least five Germans are known to have committed suicide attacks, something that is “simply not acceptable from a German point of view.”

The head of domestic intelligence service said that the Islamic State attracts much more fighters from abroad than any other extremist organization due to their “brutality” and “radicalism.”

“[Islamic State are] far more attractive than Jabhat al-Nursa, the al-Qaida offshoot in Syria. What attracts people is their high brutality, their radicalism, their strictness,” Maassen said as he stressed the necessity to cooperate with Turkey a key transit hub of foreign born nationals traveling to fight in Syria and Iraq.

Meanwhile Berlin has approved 70 million euros in funds for arming Kurdish forces in Iraq who are struggling to contain Islamic State advances.

By the end of September Germany will send them 30 portable "Milan" anti-tank missile complexes and 200 Panzerfaust 3 bazookas, 8,000 G3 and G36 assault rifles with ammunition, as well as five heavily armored Dingo infantry vehicles. The equipment will also include hand grenades, mine-clearing, night-vision goggles, field kitchens and tents.

The delivery will take place in three stages while training will presumably take place in Germany or near Arbil, where Berlin deployed six of its advisers.

“The weapons delivery is enough to supply a brigade of 4,000 soldiers,” said Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, as Berlin pledged to send 50 million euros in humanitarian aid to the region.

“The lives of millions of people, the stability of Iraq and the whole region and ... due to the high number of foreign fighters, our security in Germany and Europe are being threatened,” read a government statement. “It is our humanitarian responsibility and in the interests of our security to help those suffering and to stop the IS.”

The decision to send weapons to Iraq marks a major shift in German foreign policy, which after WWII has been reluctant to join military operations overseas. The German opposition has warned the weapons could end up in the wrong hands and parliament will debate the aid on Monday.


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