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Reddit: Archiving LinuxJournal?

Thursday 14th of December 2017 01:04:02 AM

I'm no good at really scripting things of this sort, but I had an idea and wanted feedback on feasibility.

Is there perhaps an easy way to download or somehow archive LinuxJournal? My idea is to download the articles in some sort of simple, static HTML format and post them to S3 - making a website that mimics LinuxJournal, but is simply a static archive.

I'm familiar enough with AWS and web hosting that I think I could make this work, but I'm not a web dev guru and don't really know how to download to the point of making a site that would require minimal manual interaction before posting to a web-browsable AWS bucket.

Feel free to yuck it up if this is a ridiculous idea, but it's been floating around in my head for a few weeks - and LJ has been such a great resource for me, I figure it's worth a shot bringing it up to the community.

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LXer: Chromebooks and Office 365 together will challenge Windows laptops

Thursday 14th of December 2017 12:26:18 AM
With Microsoft porting Office 365 to Chromebooks, a big reason to stick with Windows has gone out the door. It's no secret that I'm not a Windows fan. I'm beginning to wonder if Microsoft isn't either.

Phoronix: FreeNAS 11.1 Rolls Out With Better OpenZFS Performance, Docker Support

Thursday 14th of December 2017 12:01:56 AM
FreeNAS 11.1 is now available as the latest feature update to this popular FreeBSD-based Network Attached Storage (NAS) operating system...

Reddit: The Ultimate Trivia Challenge! aka Burn It!

Wednesday 13th of December 2017 11:50:35 PM

Reddit: Ubuntu 17.10 bricked my Yoga 300-11

Wednesday 13th of December 2017 11:49:11 PM


I'm deep down in troubles now I guess. I have a laptop Lenovo Yoga 300-11. It came with Windows 10 preinstalled. I decided to install Antergos and repartitioned the disk so I got 2 systems and everything worked fine. I decided to swap Antergos with Ubuntu 17.10 today.

I installed ubuntu and it worked fine. I rebooted into Windows to make sure it starts up and it worked. I then rebooted into ubuntu.

It worked. But gnome-shell is horrible. I did some updates that were recommended by GUI, installed chrome, and then installed xfce4 by sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop.

It installed fine so I wrote sudo reboot and hit enter. Screen went dark.

End of the story. The laptop stopped giving any signs of life. No way to boot it at all. Power button just flashes and goes dark, after some seconds cycle repeats. Holding power button for 10 seconds do something else, button stops flashing and some led flashes red 3 times and stops. Plugged into HDMI cable the screen detect 'signal' for about 1 second after trying to powerup and then goes off.

There is a button to enter bios and even this button does nothing.

Hell, what I gotta do now? Bricked motherboard?

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LXer: Debian 9 Complete Screenshot Tour

Wednesday 13th of December 2017 11:06:15 PM
The world’s most stable upstream Linux distro has just announced a point upgrade on its latest Debian 9 Stretch release. The latest version is 9.3, it comes with many corrections and improvements on the security front as well as some adjustments to cater for some other serious issues. The point release is not a new version of Debian 9 but only updates are added, so users do not need to throw away the old installation media as users can easily upgrade to an up-to-date system using an updated mirror.

LinuxInsider: New Open Source Tools Test for VPN Leaks

Wednesday 13th of December 2017 10:49:53 PM
ExpressVPN on Tuesday launched a suite of open source tools that let users test for vulnerabilities that can compromise privacy and security in virtual private networks. Released under an open source MIT License, they are the first-ever public tools to allow automated testing for leaks on VPNs, the company said. The tools are written primarily in Python, and available for download on Github. Originally used to conduct automated regression testing on ExpressVPN's own software, the tools allow users to check VPNs that might not be providing complete protection to users, said Harold Li, vice president at ExpressVPN.

Reddit: EXTREMELY Slow laptop running Lubuntu 14.04

Wednesday 13th of December 2017 10:49:09 PM

Reddit: Audacity Tutorial for Linux

Wednesday 13th of December 2017 10:16:56 PM

Reddit: SSH Client Cheatsheet

Wednesday 13th of December 2017 09:59:45 PM

TuxMachines: Debian 9 Complete Screenshot Tour

Wednesday 13th of December 2017 09:47:28 PM

The world’s most stable upstream Linux distro has just announced a point upgrade on its latest Debian 9 Stretch release. The latest version is 9.3, it comes with many corrections and improvements on the security front as well as some adjustments to cater for some other serious issues. The point release is not a new version of Debian 9 but only updates are added, so users do not need to throw away the old installation media as users can easily upgrade to an up-to-date system using an updated mirror.

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LXer: Complete “Beginners to PRO” guide for GIT commands

Wednesday 13th of December 2017 09:46:12 PM
This is a complete reference guide for GIT commands to make any git beginner into a git pro.....

TuxMachines: 6 open source home automation tools

Wednesday 13th of December 2017 09:31:46 PM

The Internet of Things isn't just a buzzword, it's a reality that's expanded rapidly since we last published a review article on home automation tools in 2016. In 2017, 26.5% of U.S. households already had some type of smart home technology in use; within five years that percentage is expected to double.

With an ever-expanding number of devices available to help you automate, protect, and monitor your home, it has never been easier nor more tempting to try your hand at home automation. Whether you're looking to control your HVAC system remotely, integrate a home theater, protect your home from theft, fire, or other threats, reduce your energy usage, or just control a few lights, there are countless devices available at your disposal.

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Phoronix: SilverStone TS421S 4-Disk SATA/SAS Disk Enclosure

Wednesday 13th of December 2017 09:31:38 PM
While SilverStone is mostly known for their computer cases, power supplies, and other peripherals, with the TS421S they have a compelling four-disk drive enclosure on their hands. The TS421S drive storage device supports up to four SAS/SATA 2.5-inch drives over a single mini-SAS SFF-8088 cable.

TuxMachines: Debian-Based Q4OS Linux Distro to Get a New Look with Debonaire Desktop Theme

Wednesday 13th of December 2017 09:28:51 PM

Q4OS is a small GNU/Linux distribution based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE). It's explicitly designed to make the Microsoft Windows to Linux transition accessible and more straightforward as possible for anyone.

Dubbed Debonaire, the new desktop theme uses dark-ish elements for the window titlebar and panel. Somehow it resembles the look and feels of the acclaimed Arc GTK+ theme, and it makes the Q4OS operating system more modern than the standard look offered by the Trinity Desktop Environment.

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Reddit: " X Application" wants to inhibit shortcuts

Wednesday 13th of December 2017 09:10:16 PM

TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Wednesday 13th of December 2017 08:43:31 PM

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TuxMachines: Software: GIMP, VLC, Cryptsetup, Caprine, KWin and NetworkManager

Wednesday 13th of December 2017 08:42:15 PM
  • GIMP 2.9.8 Open-Source Image Editor Released with On-Canvas Gradient Editing

    GIMP 2.9.8, a development version towards the major GIMP 2.10 release, was announced by developer Alexandre Prokoudine for all supported platforms, including Linux, Mac, and Windows.

  • GIMP 2.9.8 Released

    Newly released GIMP 2.9.8 introduces on-canvas gradient editing and various enhancements while focusing on bugfixing and stability. For a complete list of changes please see NEWS.

  • It Looks Like VLC 3.0 Will Finally Be Released Soon

    VLC 3.0 is something we've been looking forward to for years and it's looking like that big multimedia player update could be released very soon.

    Thanks to Phoronix reader Fran for pointing out that VLC 3.0 release candidates have begun to not much attention. VLC 3.0 RC1 was tagged at the end of November and then on Tuesday marked VLC 3.0 RC2 being tagged, but without any official release announcements.

  • cryptsetup 2.0.0
  • Cryptsetup 2.0 Released With LUKS2 Format Support

    A new major release is available of Cryptsetup, the user-space utility for dealing with the DMCrypt kernel module for setting up encrypted disk volumes.

    Cryptsetup 2.0.0 is notable in that it introduces support for the new on-disk LUKS2 format but still retaining support for LUKS(1). The LUKS2 format is security hardened to a greater extent, more extensible than LUKS, supports in-place upgrading from LUKS, and other changes.

  • Caprine – An Unofficial Elegant Facebook Messenger Desktop App

    There is no doubt Facebook is one of the most popular and dynamic social network platform in the modern Internet era. It has revolutionized technology, social networking, and the future of how we live and interact. With Facebook, We can connect, communicate with one another, instantly share our memories, photos, files and even money to anyone, anywhere in the world. Even though Facebook has its own official messenger, some tech enthusiasts and developers are developing alternative and feature-rich apps to communicate with your buddies. The one we are going to discuss today is Caprine. It is a free, elegant, open source, and unofficial Facebook messenger desktop app built with Electron framework.

  • KWin On Wayland Without X11 Support Can Startup So Fast It Causes Problems

    It turns out that if firing up KDE's KWin Wayland compositor without XWayland support, it can start up so fast that it causes problems.

    Without XWayland for providing legacy X11 support to KDE Wayland clients, the KWin compositor fires up so fast that it can cause a crash in their Wayland integration as KWin's internal connection isn't even established... Yep, Wayland compositors are much leaner and cleaner than the aging X Server code-base that dates back 30+ years, granted most of the XWayland code is much newer than that.

  • NetworkManager Picks Up Support For Intel's IWD WiFi Daemon & Meson Build System

    NetworkManager now has support for Intel's lean "IWD" WiFi daemon.

    IWD is a lightweight daemon for managing WiFi devices via a D-Bus interface and has been in development since 2013 (but was only made public in 2016) and just depends upon GCC / Glibc / ELL (Embedded Linux Library).

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More in Tux Machines


I have seen it many times. "Linux is a cancer". "Open sauce". "Linuxtard". I even remember the teacher who did not bring a laptop for her presentation and, when I offered her my Linux netbook, she rejected it as if I had presented her something illegal. She tried to use an old Windows computer instead but, when the computer failed, she ended up displaying her presentation with my Linux netbook. Clearly, this teacher's position was not based on ignorance or lack of expertise because she knew Linux existed and all she had to do was to display slides. Her refusal was due to indoctrination: she had learned that Linux and non-Microsoft office suites had to be rejected. Read more

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Hands on With elementary OS Powered Centurion Nano Laptop by Alpha Store

If you want to buy a new laptop, no doubt you should consider the Centurion line. It will be a good choice for you, Linux aficionado. As well as for your Windows-addicted husband/wife/employees. The Centurion Nano is certainly not a “gamer” laptop. However, besides that particular use case, and for an interesting price, you will get a very competent computer, 100% compatible with Linux and usable for a broad range of tasks. Read more

Tryton and Python Deprecation Warnings

  • Trying Tryton
    The quest to find a free-software replacement for the QuickBooks accounting tool continues. In this episode, your editor does his best to put Tryton through its paces. Running Tryton proved to be a trying experience, though; this would not appear to be the accounting tool we are searching for. Tryton is a Python 3 application distributed under the GPLv3 license. Its home page mentions that it is based on PostgreSQL, but there is support for MySQL and SQLite as well. Tryton, it is said, is "a three-tier high-level general purpose application platform" that is "the core base of a complete business solution providing modularity, scalability and security". The "core base" part of that claim is relevant: Tryton may well be a solid base for the creation of a small-business accounting system, but it is not, out of the box, such a system itself.
  • Who should see Python deprecation warnings?
    As all Python developers discover sooner or later, Python is a rapidly evolving language whose community occasionally makes changes that can break existing programs. The switch to Python 3 is the most prominent example, but minor releases can include significant changes as well. The CPython interpreter can emit warnings for upcoming incompatible changes, giving developers time to prepare their code, but those warnings are suppressed and invisible by default. Work is afoot to make them visible, but doing so is not as straightforward as it might seem. In early November, one sub-thread of a big discussion on preparing for the Python 3.7 release focused on the await and async identifiers. They will become keywords in 3.7, meaning that any code using those names for any other purpose will break. Nick Coghlan observed that Python 3.6 does not warn about the use of those names, calling it "a fairly major oversight/bug". In truth, though, Python 3.6 does emit warnings in that case — but users rarely see them.