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As the Software Supply Chain Shifts, Enterprise Open Source Programs Ramp Up

Thursday 2nd of March 2017 05:29:30 AM
Today’s software supply chain is fundamentally different than it was only a few years ago, and open source programs at large enterprises are helping to drive that trend. According to Sonatype’s 2016 State of the Software Supply Chain enterprises are both turning to existing open source projects to decrease the amount of code they have to write, and increasingly creating their own open source tools.

How to Switch Between Linux Distros Without Losing your Data

Thursday 2nd of March 2017 04:20:53 AM
Switching between Linux distributions can be hard when you’re preserving user data. A solution is to give your Home folder its own partition. Here’s how to do it.

Researchers find "severe" flaw in WordPress plugin with 1 million installs

Thursday 2nd of March 2017 03:12:16 AM
More than 1 million websites running the WordPress content management system may be vulnerable to hacks that allow visitors to snatch password data and secret keys out of databases, at least under certain conditions.

4 Security Steps to Take Before You Install Linux

Thursday 2nd of March 2017 02:03:39 AM
In this blog series, we’re laying out a set of baseline recommendations for Linux workstation security to help systems administrators avoid most glaring security errors without introducing too much inconvenience. Last week, we covered security considerations for choosing your hardware.

IBM gets a patent on “out-of-office” e-mail messages—in 2017

Thursday 2nd of March 2017 12:55:02 AM
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is bringing light to what it calls a "stupefyingly mundane" patent on e-mail technology, given not to a patent troll hiding in a small office but to one of the world's largest technology corporations. IBM lawyers wrangled with the US Patent and Trademark Office for years over their bizarre and alarming alternative history, in which IBM invented out-of-office e-mail—in 2010. US Patent No. 9,547,842, "Out-of-office electronic mail messaging system" was filed in 2010 and granted about six weeks ago.

Network Strings v0.20 Available

Wednesday 1st of March 2017 11:46:25 PM
Network strings, a small compact network scanner, sniffer and monitor has a new release with UDP scan support.

EMC's Joshua Bernstein on When to Deploy Open Source

Wednesday 1st of March 2017 10:37:48 PM
Cost might be the last thing to consider when deciding on whether to adopt an open or closed source solution.

10 Popular Apps To Use In 2017 If You Haven't

Wednesday 1st of March 2017 09:29:11 PM
We all run our favourite apps on your PC. This year you all will be wondering that which apps are updated? Which are the best app to use this year, so let’s take a look at the 10 new best apps for 2017.

Virtual thin client builds on Raspberry Pi 3, offers HD streaming, dual displays

Wednesday 1st of March 2017 08:20:34 PM
NComputing’s RPi 3-based “RX300” thin client can be used as client for its vSpace Pro 10 virtualization platform, as well as in standalone Raspbian mode. NComputing has been delivering Linux- and Windows-compatible virtual thin clients for over a decade, with a special focus on the education market and a secondary focus on small businesses.

Python 3.6.0 in Fedora 26

Wednesday 1st of March 2017 07:10:19 PM
On December 23, 2016, the Python community released Python 3.6.0, the latest version of the popular programming language. The upcoming Fedora 26 release will include Python 3.6.0. Users running Fedora Rawhide already enjoy Python 3.6. For those who want to experience the new... Continue Reading →

Secret Agent Man

Wednesday 1st of March 2017 06:01:42 PM
It used to be that only the paranoid among us focused on strict securitypractices, yet these days, it seems like people are stepping up their gameswith respect to encryption, password policy and how theyapproach their computers in general. Although I always have considered myself more insidethat paranoid camp than outside of it, I even have found myself stepping upmy game lately.

Version control for your Linux /etc/ directory

Wednesday 1st of March 2017 04:53:05 PM
One of the many advantages of Linux, UNIX, and similar operating systems is that everything is a file and that most of your configuration is done via text files, allowing you to easily read and write to them with any tool you choose. To monitor your configuration, you have many tools for automating configurations, providing you with detailed control over how your systems are configured. You can easily compare different versions of a configuration file to see any changes. Tracking specific configurations and changes over time allows you to:read more

Linux Security Fundamentals Part 6: Introduction to nmap

Wednesday 1st of March 2017 03:44:28 PM
In last week’s tutorial, we tried out tcpdump and wireshark, two of the most useful tools for troubleshooting what is happening as network traffic is transmitted and received on the system. nmap is another essential tool for troubleshooting and discovering information about the network...

Raspberry Pi Zero W: The smart person's guide

Wednesday 1st of March 2017 02:35:50 PM
This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about the tiny $10 computer, the latest from the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

How to Securely Transfer Files Between Servers with scp

Wednesday 1st of March 2017 01:27:13 PM
If you run a live or home server, moving files between local machines or two remote machines is a basic requirement. There are many ways to achieve that. In this article, we talk about scp (secure copy command) that encrypts the transferred file and password so no one can snoop. With scp you don’t have to start an FTP session or log into the system.

Why a Chrome OS and Android merger isn't what we really need

Wednesday 1st of March 2017 12:18:36 PM
If you're a Chromebook user, you might have momentarily longed for an Android app or two for ChromeOS. Here's why this might not be such a good idea.

SHA-1 collision can break SVN code repositories

Wednesday 1st of March 2017 11:09:59 AM
The WebKit repository was corrupted after someone committed two colliding PDF files to it.

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Security Leftovers

  • How To Improve The Linux System’s Security Using Firejail
    As you already know, Linux kernel is secure by default. But, it doesn’t mean that the softwares on the Linux system are completely secure. Say for example, there is a possibility that any add-ons on your web browser may cause some serious security issues. While doing financial transactions over internet, some key logger may be active in browser which you are not aware of. Even though, we can’t completely give the bullet-proof security to our Linux box, we still can add an extra pinch of security using an application called Firejail. It is a security utility which can sandbox any such application and let it to run in a controlled environment. To put this simply, Firejail is a SUID (Set owner User ID up on execution) program that reduces the risk of security breaches by restricting the running environment of untrusted applications.
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Containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs

  • Setting the Record Straight: containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs
    I’m tired of having the same conversation over and over again with people so I figured I would put it into a blog post. Many people ask me if I have tried or what I think of Solaris Zones / BSD Jails. The answer is simply: I have tried them and I definitely like them. The conversation then heads towards them telling me how Zones and Jails are far superior to containers and that I should basically just give up with Linux containers and use VMs. Which to be honest is a bit forward to someone who has spent a large portion of her career working with containers and trying to make containers more secure. Here is what I tell them:
  • [Old] Hadoop Has Failed Us, Tech Experts Say

    The Hadoop community has so far failed to account for the poor performance and high complexity of Hadoop, Johnson says. “The Hadoop ecosystem is still basically in the hands of a small number of experts,” he says. “If you have that power and you’ve learned know how to use these tools and you’re programmer, then this thing is super powerful. But there aren’t a lot of those people. I’ve read all these things how we need another million data scientists in the world, which I think means our tools aren’t very good.”

Wine and Games

  • [Wine] Packaging changes
    Today we want to announce some important changes regarding the Wine Staging packages provided at repos.wine-staging.com and dl.winehq.org. We completely reworked our build system to make the packages available sooner after a release and also added some new features, like downloading old packages for Debian / Ubuntu. The complete list of changes can be found in the announcement email on the Wine mailing list.
  • Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition Announced for PC, Mac, Linux, and Mobile
  • Podcast #6 with Ethan Lee, Porter on Fez, Transistor
    Have you ever played Fez on Linux ? Transistor ? Speed Runners ? Shenzen I/O ? Bastion ? or more recently, Owlboy ? Well if you have, you have benefited from the work of Flibitijibibo who is directly responsible for the port of such titles to your platform.