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How to create and edit files on a Linux VPS

Friday 12th of August 2016 02:30:40 AM
Creating or editing files is one of the most common tasks that system admins perform every day. In this tutorial we are going to show you how to create and edit files on a Linux VPS.

Inside How Microsoft Views Open Source

Friday 12th of August 2016 01:33:29 AM
Editor's Note: This article is paid for by Microsoft as a Diamond-level sponsor of LinuxCon North America, to be held Aug. 22-24, 2016, and was written by Linux.com.

Automating pre-press layouts with Linux commands

Friday 12th of August 2016 12:36:18 AM
Armed with a few simple open source commands, you can drastically reduce the effort involved in prepping your work for print.Going to print is an exciting time for any designer. Your hard work finally gets rendered into an attractive-looking PDF, you send it away to the great big print shop, and eventually you go to the magazine store or bookshop and find the results of your hard work on display for all to see.read more

The U.S. government now has an open source policy—but it doesn't go far enough

Thursday 11th of August 2016 11:39:07 PM
The U.S. government's new Federal Source Code policy is a step in the right direction, but it would be better if "it mandated all agency source code be released under a free software license to the public in a given window of time."

News: Linux Top 3: Apricity, Tails 2.5 and Guix

Thursday 11th of August 2016 10:41:56 PM
First stable release of Apricity debuts

MLED 14.2 has been released

Thursday 11th of August 2016 09:44:45 PM
One month after the release of Slackware 14.2, MLED 14.2 is now available.

Secure Boot snafu: Microsoft leaks backdoor key, firmware flung wide open

Thursday 11th of August 2016 08:47:34 PM
Microsoft has inadvertently demonstrated the intrinsic security problem of including a universal backdoor in its software after it accidentally leaked its so-called "golden key"—which allows users to unlock any device that's supposedly protected by Secure Boot, such as phones and tablets.The key basically allows anyone to bypass the provisions Microsoft has put in place ostensibly to prevent malicious versions of Windows from being installed, on any device running Windows 8.1 and upwards with Secure Boot enabled.

4 alternatives to Ghost for disk cloning

Thursday 11th of August 2016 07:50:23 PM
System administration professionals and home users alike share a need for the ability to be able to quickly and reliably make one-to-one copies of entire disks, both for the purposes of backup and recovery, as well as the process of easing deployments and complete refresh repairs and upgrades of existing systems.read more

How FOSS Influences All Aspects of Our Culture

Thursday 11th of August 2016 06:41:46 PM
UNC's professor Paul Jones explains that the concept of "free and open source" was a part of our culture long before there were computers, or even electronic technology, and that it's actually a rich part of our heritage. As for FOSS, he makes the case that it's now an ingrained part of the digital infrastructure.

Professional media production with Linux and free, open source software

Thursday 11th of August 2016 05:33:09 PM
Is it possible to produce professional media on Linux using free, open source software? We at Dototot believe so. We run Linux exclusively (Mint is our preferred flavor) and use free, open source software when viable.

Linux Kernel 4.4.17 LTS Has Updated Drivers, eCryptfs, x86 and EXT4 Improvements

Thursday 11th of August 2016 04:24:32 PM
Immediately after announcing the availability of Linux kernel 4.6.6 for GNU/Linux distributions, Greg Kroah-Hartman also informs us about the release of Linux kernel 4.4.17 LTS.

FreeBSD devs ponder changes to security processes

Thursday 11th of August 2016 03:15:55 PM
Flaws were being discussed public, but not officially revealed to usersThe developers of FreeBSD have announced they'll change the way they go about their business , after users queried why known vulnerabilities weren't being communicated to users.…

6 ways to take care of your digital appearance

Thursday 11th of August 2016 02:07:18 PM
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: In open organizations, leaders can emerge from anywhere.read more

All about printf

Thursday 11th of August 2016 12:58:41 PM
In my last article, "Fancy Tricks for Changing Numberic Base", I explored the surprising ability of the Linux shell to convertnumeric bases on the fly, including this sweet little snippet that convertsFF hexadecimal into decimal notation:[code]$ echo $(( 0xFF ))255[/code]

Anatine (Pristine Twitter App) – Mobile web version of Twitter App for Linux Desktop

Thursday 11th of August 2016 11:50:04 AM
Anatine is a Brand New Free, open-source Desktop Twitter App for Linux, Windows, and OS X. Anatine describes as a pristine Twitter app, which build with Electron framework and emulating mobile Twitter website on your desktop.

KDE Announces the First Public Release of Their Kirigami UI Framework for Mobile

Thursday 11th of August 2016 10:30:01 AM
KDE's Thomas Pfeiffer has had the great honor of announcing the availability of the first public release of the Kirigami UI (User Interface) framework for building mobile and convergent applications.

Linux bug leaves USA Today, other top sites vulnerable to serious hijacking attacks

Thursday 11th of August 2016 09:09:58 AM
The vulnerability resides in the design and implementation of RFC 5961, a relatively new Internet standard that's intended to prevent certain classes of hacking attacks. In fact, the protocol is designed in a way that it can easily open Internet users to so-called blind off-path attacks, in which hackers anywhere on the Internet can detect when any two parties are communicating over an active transmission control protocol connection. Attackers can go on to exploit the flaw to shut down the connection, inject malicious code or content into unencrypted data streams, and possibly degrade privacy guarantees provided by the Tor anonymity network.

Linux 4.8 rc1 lands, with Surface 3 support promised!

Thursday 11th of August 2016 07:49:54 AM
10787 files changed, 612208 insertions, 272098 deletions and lots of doc updatesLinux overlord Linus Torvalds has loosed the first release candidate for version 4.8 of the Linux Kernel.…

Tough, expandable Bay Trail SBC measures just 95 x 55mm

Thursday 11th of August 2016 06:29:51 AM
Versalogic’s sandwich-style “Osprey” SBC offers Atom E3800 SoCs, dual GbE ports, dual mini-PCIe slots, MIL-STD-202G ruggedization, and -40 to 85°C support. Like Versalogic’s recent BayCat and earlier Bengal single-board computers, the Osprey is based on Intel’s “Bay Trail” Atom E38xx family of SoCs. Unlike those boards, which conform to 4.2 x 3.8-inch (107 x 97mm) […]

Copperhead OS: The startup that wants to solve Android’s woeful security

Thursday 11th of August 2016 05:09:47 AM
A startup on a shoestring budget is working to clean up the Android security mess, and has even demonstrated results where other "secure" Android phones have failed, raising questions about Google's willingness to address the widespread vulnerabilities that exist in the world's most popular mobile operating system.

More in Tux Machines

Open Source: Of the people, for the people, by the people

Open Source is the best option for e-Governance. Its open nature allows constant improvements from the open source community, and when built in the correct method using firewalls, the security is protected as well. The best part of the open source for Governments is that the overall cost of building these solutions are much less than other frameworks as it is built, improved, and maintained by a strongly, connect open source community. Truly… ‘of the people, by the people and for the people’. Read more

Uganda's Move to Free/Open Source Software

  • Uganda: Govt to Cut Costs With Open Source Software
    The private sector and government departments have been urged to adopt Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) to increase their efficiency and competitiveness, writes ALI TWAHA. FOSS is software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance to suit their needs, something that is not possible with commercial software currently being used in most government departments. Speaking during the seventh African conference on FOSS at Speke Resort hotel in Munyoyo, ICT minister Frank Tumwebaze said government departments will gradually integrate the use of FOSS to reduce the cost of public service delivery. "Presently, government has been spending over $40m (Shs132bn) annually on commercial software from the like of Oracle systems and Microsoft Cooperation. [Using] FOSS will result into enormous savings that can be re-injected into other under-funded areas," Tumwebaze said.
  • Uganda: New Software Policy to Boost Innovation in Offing
    A Science, Technology and Innovations driven economy may soon be a reality in Uganda if Cabinet approves a free and open software being developed. Speaking at the 7th Africa Conference on Open Source Software at the Commonwealth Resort in Munyonyo on Monday, Mr James Saaka, the executive director of National Information and Technology Authority Uganda, said there is a lot of registered software being used but is very costly. He said globally, people develop Free Open Source Software (Foss) which Uganda would emulate for national development. Mr Saaka said the country is in the initial stages to develop Foss, adding that the software can spur investment in research and development. "We see that the Proprietary software is still expensive and if we are going to develop more online services, we can't afford but use alternative means to develop our e-government service," Mr Saaka said. He also added that in Uganda, there is an advent of talent skilled in Foss and can help in innovations.

Linux Turns 25 Exactly Today. More LinuxCon and Anniversary Coverage. Plus Microsoft Interjection PR.

Red Hat Virtualization 4

  • Red Hat’s gunning for VMware with virtualization platform update
    Open-source Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. has thrown in support for OpenStack Neutron and other new technologies with the latest release of its software virtualization package, in what looks like a bid to steal customers away from VMware Inc.’s more widely-used solution. Targeted at convergence, Red Hat Virtualization 4 is the first version of the platform that doesn’t include the word “enterprise,” in a move that suggests the company is hoping its virtualized stack will become the platform for convergence, rather than a server density product. OpenStack Neutron is the open-source networking project used by Software-Defined Networks (SDNs), which up until now has only been available as a preview. Many have criticized Neutron’s development for lagging behind the rest of OpenStack’s code base, and Red Hat was one of several vendors to concede that things could be sped up a bit. With the inclusion of the software in Red Hat Virtualization, the company says its Linux platform can be used to run both cloud-enabled and “traditional” workloads in concert.
  • Red Hat Virtualization 4 woos VMware faithful
    It's easy for a virtual machine user to feel left out these days, what with containers dominating the discussion of how to run applications at scale. But take heart, VM fans: Red Hat hasn't forgotten about you. RHV (Red Hat Virtualization) 4.0, released today, refreshes Red Hat's open source virtualization platform with new technologies from the rest of Red Hat's product line. It's a twofold strategy to consolidate Red Hat's virtualization efforts across its various products and to ramp up the company's intention to woo VMware customers.