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Exploring the security challenges in Linux-based IoT devices

Friday 5th of August 2016 01:01:02 AM
In a talk at the Embedded Linux Conference, Mike Anderson, CTO of The PTR Group, explored the unique security challenges that face Linux-based IoT devices.

Managing Encrypted Backups in Linux: Part 1

Thursday 4th of August 2016 11:46:42 PM
Encrypted backups are great, but what if something goes wrong and you can't read your encrypted files? In this two-part series, I’ll show how to use rsync and duplicity as your belt-and-suspenders protection against data loss. Part 1 shows how to create and automate simple backups. In part 2, I'll go into more details on file selection and backing up encryption keys.

Which Linux Distribution Would You Recommend To The Everyday User

Thursday 4th of August 2016 10:32:22 PM
I recently wrote a list article highlighting the distributions I recommend for the everyday user. Within minutes of it being released I was asked why I didn't include debian, opensuse and many others. So I have opened up the floor to you guys. Which distributions would you recommend?

Dumping Windows Overboard Because Linux Does It All

Thursday 4th of August 2016 09:18:02 PM
In this week's installment, our resident GNU/Linux newbie decides to go all in and take the training wheels off his Linux laptop.

Open Source OVN to Offer Solid Virtual Networking For OpenStack

Thursday 4th of August 2016 08:03:41 PM
Open Virtual Networking (OVN) is a new open source project that brings virtual networking to the Open vSwitch user community and aims to develop a single, standard, vendor-neutral protocol for the virtualization of network switching functions. In their upcoming talk at LinuxCon North America in Toronto this month, Kyle Mestery of IBM and Justin Pettit of VMware will cover the current status of the OVN project, including the first software release planned for this fall.

How to install WebDAV with Lighttpd on Debian 8 (Jessie)

Thursday 4th of August 2016 06:49:21 PM
This guide explains how to set up WebDAV with Lighttpd on a Debian 8 (Jessie) server. WebDAV stands for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning and is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol that allows users to directly edit files on theLighttpdd server so that they do not need to be downloaded/uploaded via FTP. Of course, WebDAV can also be used to upload and download files.

Which open source job skill is most in demand?

Thursday 4th of August 2016 05:35:01 PM
It's no secret that open source skills are in hot demand. Whether you're a developer writing the code that will run tomorrow's websites or next hot application, or a system administrator who is helping keep a company's IT infrastructure up and running, chances are you work with open source software along the way.read more

Tor Project 0.2.8.6 Improves Client Bootstrapping Performance, Linux Security

Thursday 4th of August 2016 04:20:41 PM
The Tor Project is proud to announce the general availability of a new stable branch of the widely-used Tor software for anonymity online. The Tor 0.2.8 series is currently the most advanced one.

How to keep a meritocracy in check

Thursday 4th of August 2016 03:06:21 PM
Of all the concepts we associate with open organizations today, meritocracy might be the most complicated, complex, and controversial.I remember vividly a conversation that illustrated this for me. Speaking with someone at a banking conference, I suggested that, in organizations wishing to foster cultures of innovation, the best ideas should always win—and that people with the longest history of concrete, successful contributions to an organization should be the ones to decide which ideas are indeed "best."That didn't suit my discussion partner.read more

When Slashdot Was the Hub for FOSS News and Discussion

Thursday 4th of August 2016 01:52:01 PM
The original Slashdot crew was declared redundant in early 2016 by the site’s latest owner, Slashdot Media. Timothy Lord was the last of the early Slashdot editors to be let go, and has posted more stories on Slashdot than anyone else, ever, so we turned to him to learn how and why Slashdot helped the FOSS movement grow and eventually infiltrate mainstream IT.

A New Project for Linux at 25

Thursday 4th of August 2016 12:37:41 PM
John McPhee says his books on geology could all be compressed to a single statement:the summit of Mt. Everest is marine limestone. We can do the same for Linux with thisone: microsoft.com is hosted on Linux.

Canonical Plans to Unify and Clean Up Networking Configuration in Ubuntu Linux

Thursday 4th of August 2016 11:23:21 AM
Canonical, though Martin Pitt, the systemd maintainer for the Ubuntu Linux operating system, announced recently plans to unify and clean up the networking configuration in Ubuntu via a new project called "netplan."

7 Essential Open Source DevOps Projects

Thursday 4th of August 2016 10:09:01 AM
As more and more enterprises adopt a “cloud-like” infrastructure, a shift in work culture and practices -- known as DevOps -- is also occurring. According to Puppet’s 2016 State of DevOps report, the number of people working in DevOps teams has increased from 16 percent in 2014 to 22 percent in 2016.

GParted Live 0.26.1-5 Fixes VirtualBox BIOS Boot Issues, FAT32 Partition Support

Thursday 4th of August 2016 08:54:40 AM
Curtis Gedak and the GParted team have announced the release and general availability for download of the GParted Live 0.26.1-5 stable Live system for OS-independent disk partitioning operations.

Free IoT development and management platform adds Arduino

Thursday 4th of August 2016 07:40:20 AM
myDevices announced Arduino support for its web- and mobile-based, Raspberry Pi compatible “Cayenne” drag-and-drop IoT development and management platform. Cayenne, with which developers, designers, and engineers can “quickly prototype and share their connected device projects,” has expanded support beyond the Raspberry Pi to Arduino boards, says myDevices.

Encrypted File Sharing Service Tresorit Offers Linux Desktop Client, But…

Thursday 4th of August 2016 06:26:00 AM
At first glance, Tresorit's end-to-end file sharing service looks like it might be able to overcome its proprietary nature and win favor with some Linux users. Unfortunately, the service comes with another issue that might be an insurmountable deal breaker for some.

Ubuntu Snappy Core Now Officially Available for uCRobotics’ Bubblegum-96 Board

Thursday 4th of August 2016 05:11:39 AM
Canonical, through April Wang, is pleased to announce that the Snappy Ubuntu Core operating system for embedded and IoT devices is now officially available for the Bubblegum-96 single-board computer.

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Salix 14.2 Xfce Edition Officially Released Based on Slackware 14.2, Xfce 4.12

After being in development for the past three months, the Salix 14.2 Xfce Edition operating system has finally hit the stable channels, and it is now available for download. Based on the Slackware 14.2 GNU/Linux distribution and built around the lightweight and highly customizable Xfce 4.12 desktop environment, Salix 14.2 Xfce Edition ships with numerous improvements and new features that some of you who managed to test-drive the Beta and Release Candidate pre-releases are already accustomed with. Of course, many of the core components and default applications have been updated to their latest versions. Read more

Leftovers: Security

  • Tor 0.2.8.7 Addresses Important Bug Related to ReachableAddresses Option
    The Tor Project, through Nick Mathewson, is pleased to inform the Tor community about the release and general availability of yet another maintenance update to the Tor 0.2.8 stable series.
  • Emergency Service Window for Kolab Now
    We’re going to need to free up a hypervisor and put its load on other hypervisors, in order to pull out the one hypervisor and have some of its faulty hardware replaced — but there’s two problems; The hypervisor to free up has asserted required CPU capabilities most of the eligible targets do not have — this prevents a migration that does not involve a shut down, reconfiguration, and restart of the guest.

TheSSS 19.0 Linux Server Out with Kernel 4.4.14, Apache 2.4.23 & MariaDB 10.1.16

TheSSS (The Smallest Server Suite) is one of the lightest Linux kernel-based operating systems designed to be used as an all-around server for home users, as well as small- and medium-sized businesses looking for a quick and painless way of distributing files across networks or to simply test some web-based software. Read more

GNOME Control Center 3.22 to Update the Keyboard Settings, Improve Networking

The upcoming GNOME 3.22 desktop environment is still in the works, and a first Beta build was seeded to public beta testers last week, bringing multiple enhancements and new features to most of its core components and apps. While GNOME 3.22 Beta was announced on August 22, it appears that the maintainers of certain core packages needed a little more time to work on various improvements and polish their applications before they were suitable for public testing. And this is the case of GNOME Control Center, which was recently updated to version 3.21.90, which means 3.22 Beta. Read more