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OK Google: make this Nest hack a standard feature

Thursday 11th of May 2017 09:02:14 PM
This easy (“at your own risk”) hack can unlock a Nest thermostat’s “Cool” mode in heater-only installations, allowing control of a heater’s ventilation fan as though it’s an A/C. The Nest Learning Thermostat is a terrific energy saving Linux gizmo, with lots of cool features. I’ve been using one since January of 2016, and have […]

Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over

Thursday 11th of May 2017 07:53:36 PM
Beleaguered email client team gets its 'Dear John' letterA little over a year ago, Mozilla started pondering the future of Thunderbird. And this week, it's decided the troubled open-source email client must sleep in the spare room.…

Cossacks 3 may be closer to a Linux release

Thursday 11th of May 2017 06:44:59 PM
After many, many delays and broken promises for a Linux beta, there has been some database activity that shows that just maybe Cossacks 3 will finally be on Linux sooner rather than later.

Netflix's Spinnaker tale

Thursday 11th of May 2017 05:36:22 PM
In Diane Marsh's keynote at OSCON, one of the biggest open source conferences in the US each year, the Director of Engineering at Netflix explained a tale of two systems.At Netflix, the Asgard continuous delivery platform was developed internally, then shared openly. Did this cause headaches? Yes.read more

Building Linux Firewalls With Good Old Pptables: Part 2

Thursday 11th of May 2017 04:27:45 PM
When last we met we reviewed some iptables fundamentals. Now you'll have two example firewalls to study, one for a single PC and one for a LAN. They are commented all to heck to explain what they're doing.

Heed the Prophet Stallman, oh Software Sinners!

Thursday 11th of May 2017 03:19:08 PM
We're reasonably certain this wasn't written by the hand of any god. Then again, we haven't personally met any gods, so how would we know? All we know for sure is that as some good book almost said, "The truth shall make you chuckle."

Solus Project Gets New Website, Migrates to New Development Tracker and More

Thursday 11th of May 2017 02:10:31 PM
The fast moving Solus Project that is making some waves in the Linux distribution world has some new shiny things going on. Joshua Strobl, Solus Project Communications Manager has announced them in the latest This Week In Solus.

How to Access Ubuntu desktop on AWS EC2

Thursday 11th of May 2017 12:41:12 PM
You can install Ubuntu on AWS. and access it using ssh port 22. However what if you want to access Ubuntu desktop on AWS EC2. This post will guide you how to access Ubuntu desktop on AWS EC2.

How to Speed Up Drupal Using Varnish on an Ubuntu 16.04 VPS

Thursday 11th of May 2017 11:32:35 AM
In this tutorial, we are going to provide you with step by step instructions on how to speed Up Drupal using Varnish on an Ubuntu 16.04 VPS. Drupal is one of the leading open source content management platforms.

A 10-step guide to creating an email client with Webix framework

Thursday 11th of May 2017 10:23:58 AM
In this article, I'll discuss the process of creating a user interface for an email client with the help of the free Webix framework. It's a JavaScript and HTML5 framework for developing cross-platform, data-rich web applications with responsive user interfaces. The library is fast, lightweight, and easy to learn. Integration with AngularJS, Vue.js, and jQuery may be pretty handy.The standard version of this library is distributed under the GNU GPLv3 license.read more

OpenBMP Project Comes to Linux Foundation as SNAS.io

Thursday 11th of May 2017 09:15:21 AM
Yet another new networking project is now being hosted by the Linux Foundation.

Android Candy: Landing on the Moon, with your Thumbs

Thursday 11th of May 2017 08:06:43 AM
I do a lot of system administration with my thumbs. Yes, if I'mhome, I grab a laptop or go to my office and type in a real terminalwindow. Usually, when things go wrong though, I'm at my daughters' volleyballmatch or shopping with my wife. Thankfully, most tasks can be doneremotely via SSH. There are lots of SSH clients for Android, but myfavorite is JuiceSSH.

Clustering system supports up to 72 ARM modules

Thursday 11th of May 2017 06:58:06 AM
Christmann’s “RECS|Box” evaluation platform and server enclosures can cluster up to 72 Toradex Apalis COMs, and offer GbE and KVM switching. Toradex announced that Christmann Informationstechnik + Medien GmbH & Co. KG has launched several RECS|Box cluster-computing platforms for Toradex’s ARM-based, Linux-friendly Apalis computer-on-modules. The systems work with any of Toradex’s SODIMM-style, pin-compatible Apalis-brand modules, […]

Mozilla Awards Nearly $300,000 to Research Grant Winners

Thursday 11th of May 2017 05:49:29 AM
We’re happy to announce the results of the Mozilla Research Grant program for the first half of 2017. This was a competitive process, and after three rounds of judging, we … Read moreThe post Mozilla Awards Nearly $300,000 to Research Grant Winners appeared first on The Mozilla Blog.

18 things you should know about using Linux tools in Windows 10

Thursday 11th of May 2017 04:40:52 AM
Windows 10 can now run (many) Linux binaries. Yes, really. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Ubuntu Post Installation Script For Installing Software Of Your Choice

Thursday 11th of May 2017 03:32:15 AM
Ubuntu post installation script will help us to install some of the important software’s which is necessary to perform day to day operation in single click without headache.

Congatec proposes API and middleware spec for COMs

Thursday 11th of May 2017 02:23:38 AM
Congatec has launched a “ComX” standard for computer-on-module API and middleware spanning COM Express, Qseven, and SMARC form-factors. At the Embedded Systems Expo & Conference (ESEC) in Japan this week (May 10-12), Congatec announced an “extended standardization initiative” called ComX. The proposed standard builds upon existing computer-on-module hardware standards such as COM Express, Qseven, and […]

Proceed with caution when rolling back programs like work-from-home

Thursday 11th of May 2017 01:15:00 AM
As an evangelist for open organizations and an ambassador for open principles, I am fully aware of the challenges organizations go through when they're trying to effect lasting change. Changing deep-rooted organizational culture should not be taken lightly. It's something people should weigh very carefully, debate fully, and then embrace wholly.read more

Raspberry Pi Zero W fixes networking omission

Thursday 11th of May 2017 12:06:23 AM
Issue 40 of the MagPi magazine changed everything I thought I knew about computing and technology. In the 1990s and early 2000s, tech publications drew subscribers by giving freebies with their magazines. First, with CDs and then DVDs, magazines came with free demos of games, shareware applications, and even limited internet service provider memberships. In the open source world, magazines gave away Linux distributions ready to be booted and installed. Although it's not done as much in the U.S.read more

Install CSF/LFD to help secure your Linux server

Wednesday 10th of May 2017 10:57:46 PM
There are many things that Linux admins do to try and keep their servers as secure as possible. Adding a good firewall and intrusion detection software package is always a great idea. Also, it will amaze you as to how many bad guys are attempting to get in.

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  • Microsoft says its best not to fiddle with its Windows 10 group policies (that don't work)

    On Monday, we revealed that a security researcher had used a packet sniffer to show that many settings designed to prevent access to the internet were being ignored with connections to a range of third party servers including advertising hubs.

  • What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course
    Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too. Ormandy's project is to port Windows DLLs to Linux for his vuln tests (“So that's how he works so fast!” Penguinistas around the world are saying). Typically self-effacing, Ormandy made this simple announcement on Twitter (to a reception mixing admiration, humour, and horror):
  • Hacked in Translation – from Subtitles to Complete Takeover
    Check Point researchers revealed a new attack vector which threatens millions of users worldwide – attack by subtitles. By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via vulnerabilities found in many popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time and strem.io. We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability reported in recent years.
  • A Samba remote code execution vulnerability
    Distributors are already shipping the fix; there's also a workaround in the advisory for those who cannot update immediately.