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Managing the Linux kernel at AWS: 'A large team of security experts' dealing with fallout from Spectre, Meltdown flaws

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Schlaeger told us he's responsible "for the lowest layer of the software stack that runs on almost all the servers. We work on things like the Linux kernel, various hypervisors, Xen, KVM, Firecracker if you want to include the VMM [Virtual Machine Manager] as well. And we are heavily involved in the definition of the EC2 [Elastic Compute Cloud] instance types, especially for the accelerated platform."

A couple of months ago, Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman told us that the infamous Spectre, Meltdown and other MDS (Microarchitectural Data Sampling) bugs would be "with us for a long time," as "more and more of the same types of problems" are discovered.

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The Linux Setup – Kezz Bracey, Web Designer/Developer

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I found Kezz on Twitter and I’m so glad I did because this is a wonderful interview. First of all, I love the KDE details. Because while I don’t use KDE, I respect it. I wish I could tame it the way Kezz has. Instead, I tend to bow to its will, when really, if I knew how, like Kezz, I could bend it to mine. I also appreciate the screencasting information. I don’t do it very often anymore, but I do know that at some point, there were concerns about the lack of a good Linux screencasting program. Apparently that’s no longer an issue, which is great to hear.

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Audiocasts: GNU World Order, Linux Action News and Open Source Security Podcast

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  • GNU World Order 13x49

    **wall**, **whereis**, and **write**: the final 3 commands in the util-linux package.

  • Linux Action News 134

    We share Mozilla's concerns over Contract for the Web, and try out Kali Linux's new tricks.

    Also, our thoughts on the new Alexa Voice service coming to low-end IoT devices, and much more.

  • Open Source Security Podcast: Episode 172 - The security of planned obsolescence

    Josh and Kurt talk about the security implications of planned obsolescence. We use Intel's recent decision to remove old drivers from their website as the start of the conversation. By the end we realize this is more of a decision society needs to understand and make more than anything. Is constantly throwing out technology OK?

My Linux story: Covering open source in Spanish

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I got to know GNU/Linux at university about 25 years ago; it attracted my attention, and I used it for several months. For whatever reason—maybe I wasn't sufficiently prepared, maybe the distribution, Slackware, was too much for me—I decided to abandon it when I started working. However, it stuck in my memory.

About 10 years ago, I was tired of bringing office work home, and I decided to come up with a solution. At that moment, some recollection of that GNU/Linux operating system came back to me, and I thought using a different operating system might be the solution. The incompatibility between the two would make it hard to bring work home, I thought.

I chose Ubuntu as my platform, and this distribution has stayed with me until today, a distribution that showed me my mistake: With Ubuntu, or really any other distro, I can still do office work at home!

Yes, in the beginning, I had some difficulties. And these difficulties were what led to the birth of Atareao.es, because that was where I posted the lessons I learned from this incredible operating system.

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Talks and Audiocasts: LibreOffice Conference, Network Block Device (NBD), Ubuntu Podcast and BSD Now

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  • LibreOffice Conference 2019: Lightning talks

    Towards the end of the recent LibreOffice Conference 2019 in Almeria, Spain, we had a series of “lightning talks” – that is, quick presentations on various topics.

  • Short talk about NBD from the KVM Forum 2019

    Here’s our short talk about Network Block Device (NBD) given at the KVM Forum last month...

  • Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S12E34 – Buggy Boy

    This week we’ve been in Vancouver and planning for Ubuntu 20.04. We respond to all your distro hopping feedback and bring you a command line love.

    It’s Season 12 Episode 34 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.

  • Certified BSD | BSD Now 326

    LPI releases BSD Certification, openzfs trip report, Using FreeBSD with ports, LLDB threading support ready, Linux versus Open Source Unix, and more.

The Deepin Linux Interview: Huawei, Those Spyware Accusations And Tantalizing Teases For 2020

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Deepin simultaneously exists as a beautiful and constantly misunderstood Linux distribution. It shatters misconceptions about how sleek and modern a Linux desktop can look, but struggles to shake repeated accusations of being spyware, likely because of its Chinese origins and business ties with Huawei.

Despite the controversy, Deepin is poised to begin thriving thanks to its inclusion on select Huawei laptops in China, and a new version of the distro and desktop environment right around the corner.

I had some burning questions for the folks behind Deepin, and was fortunate enough to briefly connect with Deepin Development Manager Hualet Wang and CTO Raphael Zhang. Both gentlemen collaborated on the answers below.

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Three-course professional specialization aims to close the gap between the use and understanding of open source in business

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Even though open source software (OSS) is pervasive in IT, many people in business don't understand what open source is and how it differs from proprietary software. According to Brandeis University, "open source software now accounts for between 78% and 98% of all core digital infrastructure, yet few organizational managers understand the business behind it."

In an effort to close the gap between open source usage and understanding, Brandeis and the Open Source Initiative (OSI) have launched a three-course specialization in Open Source Technology Management. After attending an information session about the new program at All Things Open 2019, I was eager to learn more about it and how it will be delivered and assessed, so I reached out to the leadership at Brandeis and the OSI over email for more information. (The interview has been slightly edited for length and clarity.)

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Audiocasts: Emma Marshall, Customer Happiness Manager at System76, and Adrien Treuille on Streamlit/Python

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  • Brunch with Brent: Emma Marshall | Jupiter Extras 33

    Brent sits down with Emma Marshall, Customer Happiness Manager at System76 for a fun chat touching on her love of pinball and puppies, spreading happiness, women in tech, and more.

    Note: This episode was recorded before the Superfans 3 event, which occurred between Novermber 15-17, 2019.

  • Podcast.__init__: From Simple Script To Beautiful Web Application With Streamlit

    Building well designed and easy to use web applications requires a significant amount of knowledge and experience across a range of domains. This can act as an impediment to engineers who primarily work in so-called back-end technologies such as machine learning and systems administration. In this episode Adrien Treuille describes how the Streamlit framework empowers anyone who is comfortable writing Python scripts to create beautiful applications to share their work and make it accessible to their colleagues and customers. If you have ever struggled with hacking together a simple web application to make a useful script self-service then give this episode a listen and then go experiment with how Streamlit can level up your work.

Glen Singh on why Kali Linux is an arsenal for any cybersecurity professional [Interview]

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Kali Linux is a popular term for anyone related to computer security. It is the most renowned tool for advanced Penetration Testing, Ethical Hacking and network security assessments.

To know more about Kali Linux more closely, we recently had a quick chat with Glen D. Singh, a cyber security instructor and an Infosec author with Learn Kali Linux 2019 being his latest book. In his book, Glen explains how Kali Linux can be used to detect vulnerabilities and secure your system by applying penetration testing techniques of varying complexity.

Talking to us about Kali Linux, Glen said that the inclusion of 300 pre-installed tools makes Kali Linux an arsenal for any cybersecurity professional. In addition to talking about certification options for both novice and experienced cybersecurity professionals, Glen also shared his favorite features from the latest Kali Linux version 2019.3 among other things in this deeply informative discussion.

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Audiocasts/Shows: FLOSS Weekly and Linux Headlines

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  • FLOSS Weekly 555: Emissions API

    Emissions API is easy to access satellite-based emission data for everyone. The project strives to create an application interface that lowers the barrier to use the data for visualization and/or analysis.

  • 2019-11-13 | Linux Headlines

    It’s time to update your kernel again as yet more Intel security issues come to light, good news for container management and self-hosted collaboration, and Brave is finally ready for production.

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