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LinuxInsider: Linuxy Hopes and Dreams for an Inferno-Free 2015

Friday 9th of January 2015 01:05:01 AM
It's the dawn of a new year here in the Linux blogosphere, and that means the power is in our hands to make 2015 a better year than the last one was. At least in theory, the Systemd Inferno possibly, could be extinguished over these next 12 months; Devuan could thrive -- or not; and Linux in general could see its best year yet. What actually will happen? That, of course, is the subject of more than a few musings -- on TechRepublic, at ITworld, and among the tequila-fueled masses.

LXer: Build your own cloud-based two-factor authentication service using WiKID and Packer.

Friday 9th of January 2015 12:49:42 AM
WiKID is a dual-sourced two-factor authentication server that uses software tokens (PC/smartphone) to transmit PINs and one-time passwords encrypted with public key encryption. These keys are generated on the device and server and exist only there - unlike most shared-secret based solutions.

Reddit: I might have done a thing

Friday 9th of January 2015 12:36:12 AM

tl;dr - fixing a computer at a business client, had a "fuck it all" moment and installed linux. waiting for the boss to find out should be interesting....

So I work for a small town computer company. Just me and the boss. We are also freelancers and mainly do work from platforms - but since there is no computer company here in "redneckville USA" we do also work on locals crap.

About a month ago I get a call from a regular business client (it's a BBQ resturant chain) Owner is a local and this is his only store. They called me in because they couldn't open any of their files - and some message about "encryption" and "pay for key" kept poping up. I get there and sure enough every file on the stupid windows 7 professional POS is encrypted.. I did some research and it looks like not much has been done about this particular virus yet. So I say, fuck it. Download an ISO of xubuntu 14.04LTS and get to work. I did a dual boot setup not wanting to completely screw myself over if the shit hits the fan. Did some basic tweaking to XFCE to make it a little more windows -ish (single bottom bar, named the menu button "MENU") stupid stuff to make it a little more friendly.

So all they do is excel spread sheets and word documents. and once a week export the spread sheet to a csv and upload it to corporate. The only part that worried me was the spread sheets. They had some wicked nasty 15 page linked to hell spread sheets. - And to my great joy libreoffice didn't even flinch. opened that thing like it was nothing and everything in the damn thing worked.

They were already using google chrome in windows so I just installed chrome in xubuntu and away with that.

And finally setup the printer - which years ago may have caused me some trouble, but this time the system magical printer configuration utility found the printer installed it and everything worked fine. Even simple-scan took right to it and worked without even a single terminal opened.

Oh, I got their files back from shadow copies. they lost a few days worth of stuff but nothing compared to what they were thinking.

to date notes: they freaking love it. been there twice since then and not a single issue on the pc, all they do is praise how much faster it is, and how they love the theme. "It's so much easier on the eye's."

I fucking love linux. and although I am an Arch user and bash canonical/ubuntu more often than I should.. I will admit they are doing something right those rednecks are loving them some xubuntu.

Now the only question is what is boss going to say when he finds out I did it. (He is a windows only kinda "IT" guy.)

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Phoronix: A New VIA OpenChrome Gallium3D Driver Is Under Development

Friday 9th of January 2015 12:05:10 AM
While OpenChrome and the VIA DRM/KMS driver hasn't seen much public activity in quite some time and appears rather dead, apparently that's not the case. A new VIA OpenChrome Gallium3D driver was published this week in its initial rudimentary form...

LXer: Pono Is Here, High Def Open Source Codec (Sort of) & All

Thursday 8th of January 2015 11:52:31 PM
A more problematic issue has to do the the openness, or lack thereof, of the music codec being used. Although Pono utilizes the Free Lossless Audio Codec or FLAC, which is licensed under the GPL and BSD licenses, reported last August that the files won’t play with full fidelity on anything but a Pono device.

LXer: Linux Mint 17.1 KDE Screenshot Tour

Thursday 8th of January 2015 10:55:20 PM
The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.1 'Rebecca' KDE. Linux Mint 17.1 is a long-term support release which will be supported until 2019. The previous version of Linux Mint used KDE 4.13. In this release, KDE is upgraded to version 4.14. Support was added in MDM and in the session for the KDE wallet to be fully integrated with Linux Mint. Although a Wallet Manager is present for configuration purpose, no interaction is needed for the KDE wallet to work. The wallet is created automatically with your first login, and it opens automatically in the background with every new session. The Update Manager now groups packages together according to their source package.

Reddit: Does this grep statement find these words in this order even if they are on separate lines AND no other words in between?

Thursday 8th of January 2015 10:54:57 PM

find / -name ".txt" -exec grep -Poil "(?s)\)\Ndelete\s?from\s*?record" {} \; 2>/dev/null 1>/dev/tty

Please correct it if it doesn't ... AND... What would be the correct grep for finding these three words in this order even if they are on separate lines ALLOWING other words to be in between?

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LinuxToday: Intel Compute Stick Is a Back-Pocket PC That Runs Ubuntu and Windows 8.1

Thursday 8th of January 2015 10:00:00 PM

 softpedia: You've seen small PCs before, but this one is the size of a Chromecast and it's much more powerful.

LXer: Crowdsourcing a new edition of a Bach masterpiece

Thursday 8th of January 2015 09:58:09 PM
New works of art usually enter the public domain through a process involving death and patience. It is a rarer occasion that living people set about to make a resource public domain, and even rarer so when that effort involves thousands of people collaborating and pooling their time, energy, and money. That's what's happening on with the first public review of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier score, a new edition of J.S. Bach's musical masterpiece (BWV 846-869).read more

Phoronix: Fedora 22 Might Disable Root Remote Logins By Default

Thursday 8th of January 2015 09:49:23 PM
In the name of security, it's been proposed for Fedora 22 to disabler remote log-ins in the SSH daemon by default...

Reddit: Cheap graphics card with open drivers

Thursday 8th of January 2015 09:26:49 PM

I have a desktop computer with Core 2 Quad 9650, Asus P5Q-E mobo, 8 Gigs of DDR2 and NVIDIA 8800GT which uses proprietary driver. Everything in that computer except that graphics card works well with completely free distros like Trisquel and gNewSense. I know I can use it with nouveau, but it is still taking too much power and it is noisy. So I heard that AMD is doing some good work with supporting Free drivers, maybe I should buy AMD card? I figure that older ones are better supported, so which one is best? It just needs to be marginally faster than 8800GT with NVIDIA drivers and to use less power. My mobo has PCIe 2.0.

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LXer: CES 2015: Intel Compute Stick Is a Back-Pocket PC That Runs Ubuntu and Windows 8.1

Thursday 8th of January 2015 09:00:58 PM
The Intel Compute Stick, a small full-fledged PC running Ubuntu and Windows 8.1, has been announced at CES 2015. You've seen small PCs before, but this one is the size of a Chromecast and it's much more powerful.

Reddit: PC Partner launches Linux mini PC with Tegra K1

Thursday 8th of January 2015 08:20:48 PM

LXer: Linux Mint 17.1 KDE released

Thursday 8th of January 2015 08:03:47 PM
In today's open source roundup: Download Linux Mint 17.1 KDE. Plus: A look at Manjaro Linux 0.8.11, and Steam Machines might launch at GDC 2015.

Phoronix: Laying To Rest That Odd Linux Kernel Regression

Thursday 8th of January 2015 07:28:30 PM
Former Red Hat employee Dave Jones has provided some closure to that Linux 3.18 kernel bug that was initially viewed as a "worrisome regression" and turned out to be very difficult to track with no official fix within the mainline Linux kernel...

Reddit: Mutt vs sup

Thursday 8th of January 2015 07:14:59 PM

Has anyone ever used both and can make a comparison?

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LXer: LG Shows Off WebOS Smartwatch at CES

Thursday 8th of January 2015 07:06:36 PM
LG's next-gen smartwatch will ditch Google's Android Wear for webOS, according to various reports.

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