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This article explains how to set up a TLS enabled vsftpd server on a Debian 8 server. FTP is a very insecure protocol by default because all passwords and all data are transferred in clear text. By using TLS, the whole communication can be encrypted, thus making FTP much more secure.
The single largest group of users on high-performance computing clusters has to be the chemists. Their CPU-year count is definitely at the very top of the list. Because of this heavy use, several different packages have become standard tools that most computational chemistry researchers use.
The Linux Foundation and Goodwill have partnered to bring free training courses in Linux and open source software administration to an adult public charter school in Texas.
Canonical, through Michael Vogt, announced the availability of a new set of images for the all-snap architecture for the company's Snappy Ubuntu Core operating system used in embedded and IoT devices.
Today I am happy to announce the second snapshot release of the Moksha Desktop - 0.2.0. For those who prefer to play first and read release notes second you can find the release downloads on our GitHub repo here. Those who wish to try the latest Moksha desktop release on a live CD can download and update a Bodhi Linux Live CD.
FCC CIO shares some unexpected bumps on his team's journey to the cloud.
The open-source OpenSSH project today announced a critical update, patching a pair of vulnerabilities that an attacker could have used to steal user information
If you're interested in improving your GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) skills and you'll be attending SCaLE 14x this month, you'll want to check out Akkana Peck's talk, Stupid GIMP tricks (and smart ones, too). Peck knows a thing or two about GIMP—she's the author of Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional. In her SCaLE 14x talk, Peck plans to answer the age-old questions, "How do you get rid of the ugly power lines in that landscape photo, and would it look better with a purple sky?" and "How do you take that picture of you and your ex and replace his face with Brad Pitt's?"In this interview, she shares three of her favorite GIMP tricks, and she explains how GIMP stacks up against Photoshop.read more
Opera Software today announced the release of the first Beta version of the Opera 35.0 web browser for 2016.
There’s nothing as jarring for a sysadmin as seeing this kind of message on a mailing list: This is the most serious bug you’ll hear about this week: the issues identified and fixed in OpenSSH are dubbed CVE-2016-0777 and CVE-2016-0778.... Continue Reading →
We all owe [Richard Stallman] a large debt for his contributions to computing. With a career that began in MIT’s AI lab, [Stallman] was there for the creation of some of the most cutting edge technology of the time. He was there for some of the earliest Lisp machines, the birth of the Internet, and was a necessary contributor for Emacs, GCC, and was foundational in the creation of GPL, the license that made a toy OS from a Finnish CS student the most popular operating system on the planet. It’s not an exaggeration to say that without [Stallman], open source software wouldn’t exist.
One thing that's probably obvious to anyone who's read more than a few Linux Rain articles is that we appreciate the CLI (command-line interface). [...] the CLI will always have a place for those who feel comfortable using it and appreciate the power and lightweight nature of the interface. So if you're looking for a password manager for the command-line, Steel is one such example we're taking a look at today.
The Debian developers have publicly announced their plans on migrating all of the PHP 5 to the brand-new and powerful PHP 7 release, as well as on changing the PHP packaging to allow co-installable versions.
Server hardening. The very words conjure up images of tempering softsteel into an unbreakable blade, or taking soft clay and firing it ina kiln, producing a hardened vessel that will last many years. Indeed,server hardening is very much like that.
Valve has just launched the complete Steam Link SDK, making way for developers and the community to build native apps for this piece of hardware. The idea behind the Steam Link is a really good one. Users can connect their gaming machines to the TV, via the network. This means that you don’t need a new and shiny Steam Machine if you already have a powerful computer at home. Valve wants to dominate the living room, but it doesn't care how it’s going to achieve that.
Joins Google and Facebook in trying to grab market share. Chinese search-and-everything-else web giant Baidu has joined Google and Facebook in open-sourcing its artificial intelligence (AI) program in a bid to become a standard in an increasingly important market.
Most users are interested in Fedora upgrades. Each release brings improvements, and frequent releases are a hallmark of open source software. Releases of Fedora happen twice a year, and many users take advantage of improvements by upgrading to each new release.
The BSD Certification Group will offer BSDA certification exam at SCALE on Sunday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exam candidates should be proficient in the BSDA Certification Requirements and the Command Reference, both of which are available as a free download. Participants need to register for a BSDCG ID, and once you have an ID, choose SCALE as the site for your exam. Oh, and you’ll have to fork over $75, payable through Paypal or credit card.
This article was co-written by Josh Berkus. At SCaLE 14x, we will give a talk focused on helping speakers provide a more positive experience for their audiences. But there are many different facets of conference organizing that could use improvements, each facet with its own audience. In this article, I will focus on just one of those: How conference organizers can make the event more positive for the attendees.
EncFS provides an encrypted filesystem in user-space. It runs without any special permissions and uses the FUSE library and Linux kernel module to provide the filesystem interface. It is a pass-through filesystem, not an encrypted block device, which means it is created on top of an existing filesystem. This tutorial shows how you can use EncFS on Debian Jessie to encrypt your data.