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Reddit: Open source project trends for 2018

Thursday 8th of February 2018 06:18:57 PM

TuxMachines: Official KDE Plasma 5.12 Release Now in Tumbleweed

Thursday 8th of February 2018 06:10:23 PM

KDE Plasma 5.12 transitioned from it beta version of 5.11.95 to the official release in an openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot earlier this week.

On the same day of the upstream release, Tumbleweed snapshot 20180206 brought the new desktop software to its thousands of rolling release users. Improved performance and several new features are available in Plasma 5.12 like Wayland-only Night Color feature that allows adjustments to the screen color temperature to reduce eye strain and the System Activity and System Monitor display per-process graphs for the CPU usage. The new KDE Store offers a wide selection of addons that are ready to be installed. Plasma 5.12 is the second long-term support (LTS) release from the Plasma 5 team and will be the version used in openSUSE’s traditional distribution openSUSE Leap 15, which is expected to be released this spring.

Also: OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Already Shipping KDE Plasma 5.12, Mesa 18.0

OpenSUSE Leap 15 Will Ship With Plasma Wayland Option

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TuxMachines: The New KDE Slimbook II: A sleek and powerful Plasma-based Ultrabook

Thursday 8th of February 2018 06:06:55 PM

To start with, it comes with a choice between an Intel i5: 2.5 GHz Turbo Boost 3.1 GHz - 3M Cache CPU, or an Intel i7: 2.7 GHz Turbo Boost 3.5 GHz with a 4M Cache. This makes the KDE Slimbook II 15% faster on average than its predecessor. The RAM has also been upgraded, and the KDE Slimbook now sports 4, 8, or 16 GBs of DDR4 RAM which is 33% faster than the DDR3 RAM installed on last year's model.

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TuxMachines: Open Up the Source Code to Lock Down Your Data

Thursday 8th of February 2018 06:04:33 PM

Regular readers probably already know this, but the main consideration that persuaded me to try Linux was security. With the many devastating breaches and unsettling privacy encroachments revealed in the past few years, I wanted to take control my digital life.

My journey enriched my digital life in many other ways, some of which I've related in previous columns. In this installment, I want to pay special attention to that first pivotal step I took by discussing the distinct advantages Linux provides to the security-minded. Digital security may be a lifelong pursuit, but I hope that by sharing my experience, I can encourage others to appreciate the basics.

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Reddit: How to install mail server on CentOS 7

Thursday 8th of February 2018 04:52:04 PM

Phoronix: PostgreSQL 10.2 Released With A Ton Of Security & Bug Fixes

Thursday 8th of February 2018 04:34:09 PM
PostgreSQL 10.2 is now available as the latest point release to PostgreSQL 10...

Reddit: What packages do you always install when you do a fresh install?

Thursday 8th of February 2018 04:15:33 PM

I was installing the updated Kali on my 3rd PC partition, and I thought it'd be fun to ask other redditors what packages they always install whenever they install a new distro or install on a VM etc etc.

Typically I install the following packages:

putty putty-tools libreoffice vlc virtualbox gdebi synaptic make git grub-customizer firefox (if not present)

There's probably more I install that I've forgotten, but what do you install that you can't live without in Linux?

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LinuxToday: How DevOps helps deliver cool apps to users

Thursday 8th of February 2018 04:00:00 PM

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Reddit: Do you use weak passwords for your linux desktop (user login, disk encryption, etc)?

Thursday 8th of February 2018 03:40:48 PM

I've been curious about this for a while. I'm completely anal about password security and multi-factor authentication. With my password manager, I try to generate 40+ character long random passwords whenever possible for all of my online accounts.

But when it comes to my desktop, my password might as well be hunter2

I have to type it to log in, to update packages, to issue commands as root, etc often enough that it would be a pain in the ass to have to type in a long password every time. Because of that, I tend to keep my desktop passwords short and simple. I'm curious if most other users do the same thing, or if you've somehow managed a workflow that lets you use a strong password for your desktop.

Because there's seemingly no way to access a password manager at the disk encryption password prompt or at the desktop login screen.. it doesn't really seem feasible to use a strong password.

I'm surprised there has been no efforts (at least known to me) to integrate some kind of password management into the linux desktop, considering how many linux users are into strong privacy and security. Is anything like that being worked on? Do you guys use crappy passwords for your desktop too?

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Reddit: LWN.net Weekly Edition for February 1, 2018

Thursday 8th of February 2018 03:32:51 PM

Linux.com: Advanced Dnsmasq Tips and Tricks

Thursday 8th of February 2018 03:30:21 PM
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Reddit: Ubuntu or other Linux phones

Thursday 8th of February 2018 02:50:33 PM

Can someone explain what the benefits and drawbacks of a Linux phone are?

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LXer: Web Server Setup Series - How To Setup And Manage Your Own Web Server

Thursday 8th of February 2018 02:07:36 PM
?Today I am starting web server setup series. In this series of articles, I'll teach you how you can setup a web server or turn your own computer into a web server. I'll also teach you how you can manage your web server, increase server security and guard it against specific types of attacks.

Reddit: How I got my 4K monitor working at 60hz in Linux

Thursday 8th of February 2018 01:38:36 PM

I just recently got my 'new' Dell P1524Q 4K monitor and as a little surprise, linux didn't give me 4K@60 out of the box, only 4K@30 no matter how I tried.. despite my 1080Ti and DP1.4 cable, which can deliver 8K@60. So, what the hell was going on since monitor specs clearly shows it can do better.

After couple days of googling and testing I finally found reason and recipe to fix it.

Core reason: Monitor EDID information is plain wrong. Xorg gets loads of valid modes, but 3840x2160@60 is not among them as EDID reports lower mode specs that hw is capable of. Running xrandr -q didn't show anything above 30hz for native 3840 resolution. That needed to be fixed.

First, I used cvt command to generate valid modeline for 4K@60 with reduced blank as this monitor didn't seem to work without.

$ cvt -r 3840 2160 60 # 3840x2160 59.97 Hz (CVT 8.29M9-R) hsync: 133.25 kHz; pclk: 533.00 MHz Modeline "3840x2160R" 533.00 3840 3888 3920 4000 2160 2163 2168 2222 +hsync -vsync

Then I generated basic xorg.conf using Nvidia X Server Settings app. There is 'X Server Display Configuration' which allows saving current config. Once that was done, I added couple options to existing sections to override strict EDID-only-modes and made system to accept my custom modeline.

Section "Monitor" Modeline "3840x2160R" 533.00 3840 3888 3920 4000 2160 2163 2168 2222 +hsync -vsync Option "UseEdid" "FALSE" EndSection Section "Device" Option "ModeValidation" "AllowNonEdidModes" EndSection

After save, I logged out and back in - and voilà, 4K@60 and everything on screen moves smoothly again. Hopefully this helps those who are struggling with this same issue.

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Reddit: [OT] Where to get decals?!

Thursday 8th of February 2018 01:33:03 PM

I've always been diehard against stickers on laptops. However, that is changing for me now for some reason! I want to load up my laptop with a bunch of decals. Where is a good place to get linux based decals?

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