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Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 07/07/2015 - 10:40am
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Story EC publishes open source code of legislation editor Rianne Schestowitz 07/07/2015 - 10:02am
Story Lenovo ThinkPad L450 comes with Ubuntu Rianne Schestowitz 07/07/2015 - 9:58am
Story Free and Open-Source Video Editor Shotcut Gets Better 4K Support Rianne Schestowitz 06/07/2015 - 9:07pm
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Story illume OS 3 Linux Distro Officially Released, Based on Debian 8.1 "Jessie" Rianne Schestowitz 05/07/2015 - 10:39pm
Story LibreOffice 5, a foundation for the future Roy Schestowitz 05/07/2015 - 10:38pm
Story Samsung Continues to Lessen Android Dependence Roy Schestowitz 05/07/2015 - 3:49pm
Story Linux 4.2 Offers Performance Improvements For Non-Transparent Bridging Roy Schestowitz 05/07/2015 - 1:48pm

tuxmachines' new rig

As many of you know, my old AMD 2800+ system popped a vessel approximately two weeks ago and a friend suggested I post a request for donations to help fund the purchase of new equipment. The response was great and we raised over 200 USD in 3 days. I purchased an Asus A8V motherboard, AMD 64 3700+ and 1 gig of Kingston HyperX DDR400 memory for a final pricetag with shipping of $439.

More Heads Roll at Novell

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SUSE

The chief operating officer of Novell’s Suse Linux group is the latest senior manager set to leave the company.

This Week's My sysadmin toolbox

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Software

I'm continually astounded by the depth and variety of the tools available for Linux, particularly for system administrators or even those who run just a regular Linux workstation. While other administrators in my Windows shop struggle with costly Windows GUI-based programs to get their data, I just smile and go back to my toolbox. What follows are some useful programs that I use on a daily basis.

Monitoring windows systems with munin and snmp, Part 2

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HowTos

Previously we learned how to use munin to monitor Debian machines. Now - we need to add some Windows boxes to the mix. First we need to install snmp on these boxes.

Is Linux Voice over IP Ready?

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HowTos

What is Voice over IP really? What do you need for Voice over IP? What do you mean, I can't call my girlfriend? What's all that buzz about open and proprietary protocols? Can I start my own telecom service? This article addresses these questions and compares the most popular Linux applications for calling and conferencing.

Savage 2: A Tortured Soul "for free"

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Gaming

S2 Games announced today that Savage 2: A Tortured Soul, the much anticipated sequel to their award winning first title, Savage: The Battle for Newerth, will be available for download via the S2 Games Website anywhere, anytime, and on any computer for free.

Review: Wikis In The Enterprise

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Software

If you've "googled" any topic recently--and who hasn't--you probably received a link to that topic in Wikipedia, the best living example of the power of online collaboration using wiki software. A wiki is a type of Web site that allows users to easily add and edit content and is especially suited for collaborative writing.

New Home for Beranger Plays Gnome with SuSE

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Web

As announced Beranger's old hosting plan became inadequate for the increased traffic to his blog. After a few days of "home hosting," Beranger has found a new home. You can visit the new site at beranger.org.

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SUSE 10.1 Beta NINE?

OMG, I see a beta 9 directory showing up on mirrors around the world. Does this mean yet another beta instead of a release candidate? What does this mean for the release schedule?

The Bad Boy of Open Source

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Interviews

Marc Fleury talks about why he's vilified in certain software circles, and whether he's really putting JBoss on the block

Microsoft Set to Attack Linux with Patents?

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Linux

Is Microsoft getting ready to attack Linux and open-source software with its patents? Florian Mueller, spokesperson for the European NoSoftwarePatents.com and a leading anti-patent activist, thinks that may be the case.

The Software of Space Exploration

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Software

Several of the internet's pioneers have recently become space exploration pioneers as well. Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft, funded the company that created SpaceShipOne and is financing the construction of the Allen Telescope Array, which will provide dedicated radio telescopes to SETI researchers. Elon Musk, cofounder of PayPal, started SpaceX to develop a series of low-cost expendable rockets. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and id Software's John Carmack are both working on vehicles for space tourism at Blue Origin and Armadillo Aerospace. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Thawte and the Ubuntu Foundation, also became the first African in space and the second space tourist when he visited the International Space Station in 2002.

Generation LinuX, Part 2--Web Research

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Learning Web research skills is a great way for parents and their kids to spend time together. Parents can teach surfing skills, while keeping an eye on what their little tykes view. By example, kids naturally follow a parent's lead like Web site choice, key word selection, wholesome content, etc. Such an opportunity for both parties.

Nexenta Alpha 4 Elatte Screenshots

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Linux

Nexenta, an operating system forged by using the Solaris kernel while tapping into the Debian and Ubuntu packages, has reached its Alpha 4 stage for Nexenta OS, with the codename being Elatte. This testing release provides massive cleanups of the userland, Nexenta OS installer, re-designed and optimized for speed, and Nexenta OS hardware database. In total, there are 3627 packages in Alpha 4. With this hybrid OS of GNU/Solaris, the results were quite interesting.

Linux Heavies Weigh in on Grid / Virtualization Directions

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Linux

What is it about the Linux operating system that makes it so well-suited for Grid computing, virtualization and clustering? In today's new release of the Globus Consortium Journal (www.globusconsortium.org/journal), Linux and Grid professionals answer that question.

Xandros Desktop 3.0 Business Edition

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Reviews

If you're worried that users won't be able to adjust to a Linux desktop, given their Windows mindset, then Xandros is the way to go. In fact, there are very few differences between a Xandros desktop and Windows 2000. Xandros even comes with the full version of CodeWeavers CrossOver Office 4.2, which lets you run certain 32-bit Windows programs without running Windows.

Binghamton University opens Linux research center

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Linux

A research facility for Linux computer operating system is being established at Binghamton University.

Ruby on Rails 1.1 – "Web 2.0 on Rocket Fuel"

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Software

The much-anticipated new version 1.1 of Ruby on Rails hit the streets with fanfare a couple of days ago. And while even I am wary of the hyperbole that sometimes surrounds Ajax and Web 2.0, I'm very pleased to say that Ruby on Rails is the genuine article.

Pocket Office: Boot Windows or Linux from USB Flash drives

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Hardware

One of the great advantages of a UFD is the ability to load a complete operating system onto one device. In the event of a system crash or virus infection with no recovery tools to hand, this kind of emergency boot device can be a lifesaver.

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Ubuntu, Debian, RHEL, and CentOS Linux Now Patched Against "Foreshadow" Attacks

Both Canonical and Red Hat emailed us with regards to the L1 Terminal Fault security vulnerability, which are documented as CVE-2018-3620 for operating systems and System Management Mode (SMM), CVE-2018-3646 for impacts to virtualization, as well as CVE-2018-3615 for Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX). They affect all Linux-based operating system and machines with Intel CPUs. "It was discovered that memory present in the L1 data cache of an Intel CPU core may be exposed to a malicious process that is executing on the CPU core. This vulnerability is also known as L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF). A local attacker in a guest virtual machine could use this to expose sensitive information (memory from other guests or the host OS)," reads the Ubuntu security advisory. Read more

Hands-on with Linux Mint Debian Edition 3 Beta

I have been out of touch for the past six months, because I accepted a teaching position in Amsterdam. The amount of time that required, and the weekly commute from Switzerland (yes, really, weekly), was vastly more than I expected, and left me no time to do justice to my blog. But now I am back again, and determined to manage my time more effectively and keep up with blogging. Although I haven't been writing, I certainly have been keeping up with news and developments in the Linux world. What really inspired me to get busy and write again was the announcement of LMDE 3 (Cindy) Beta. Hooray! How long have we been waiting for this? It feels like years. Oh, that's because it has been years. Read more

Security Leftovers

  • Theo on the latest Intel issues

    Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) posted to the tech@ mailing list with some background on how the latest discovered Intel CPU issues relate to OpenBSD.

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    These 3 issues (CVE-2018-3615, CVE-2018-3620, CVE-2018-3646) together are the currently public artifacts of this one bug.

  • Putting Stickers On Your Laptop Is Probably a Bad Security Idea

    Mitchell said political stickers, for instance, can land you in secondary search or result in being detained while crossing a border. In one case, Mitchell said a hacker friend ended up missing a flight over stickers.

  • Video Shows Hotel Security at DEF CON Joking About Posting Photos of Guests' Belongings to Snapchat

    But the room check captured on video suggests the walkthroughs are subject to abuse by hotel personnel who may use them as opportunity to snoop on guests or take and post images for amusement. And accounts of other searches that involved hotel security staff refusing to show ID or showing insufficient ID, and displaying bullying and threatening behavior to guests in occupied rooms, raises questions about the legality of the searches and the tactics and training of security personnel.

  • Researchers in Finland detect vulnerability in password management software
    Researchers identified a security gap in more than 10 applications used by millions around the world, including an app used by Finland's population registry.
  • Trump ends Obama-era rules on US-led cyberattacks: report
     

    The memorandum required that an extensive interagency process take place before the U.S. government embarks on any cyberattacks. Trump reversed the rules to try and ease some of those restrictions, which critics argued were detrimental to launching the attacks quickly, according to the Journal.

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