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Mozilla Firefox and Rust

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  • Tor at the Heart: Firefox

    If you’ve used Tor, you’ve probably used Tor Browser, and if you’ve used Tor Browser you’ve used Firefox. By lines of code, Tor Browser is mostly Firefox -- there are some modifications and some additions, but around 95% of the code in Tor Browser comes from Firefox. The Firefox and Tor Browser teams have collaborated for a long time, but in 2016, we started to take it to the next level, bringing Firefox and Tor Browser closer together than ever before. With closer collaboration, we’re enabling the Tor Browser team to do their jobs more easily, adding more privacy options for Firefox users, and making both browsers more secure.

  • Rust-Based Redox OS Had A Busy Year With Rewriting Its Kernel, Writing A File-System

    Redox OS started development mid-way through last year while this year things really took off for this Rust-written operating system from scratch. The project has provided a recap of all of their OS accomplishments for 2016.

Q4OS vs Zorin OS - The Final Word (and Excel, Outlook, Access etc)

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The whole point of the past month has been to prove that Q4OS can be used as an operating system for the Everyday Linux User.

I believe that it is a perfectly decent distribution and I have no qualms in recommending it to you as a complete replacement for Windows.

It is worth noting though that I used Zorin OS during this month as well and now here is the tricky bit. I think Zorin comes out slightly on top.

There is no doubt that based on performance Q4OS uses less resources and for older computers will probably be better than Zorin. Q4OS is also probably better for people who are used to older versions of Windows such as XP because everything is even named the same. The XPQ4 theme will even make everything feel the same.

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NethServer: Linux without All That Linux Stuff

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Okay, that title really isn't fair. NethServer has all the Linux stuff, it's just that you don't have to interact with it in the traditional way in order to reap the benefits. NethServer is a web-based management software package built on top of CentOS. You can download it as a separate distribution, but truly, it's just software on top of CentOS. In fact, the installationmethods are either "install the NethServer distro" or "add the NethServer repository to your existing CentOS install". I really like that.

The concept behind NethServer isn't a new one. Lots of distributions are designed to simplify managing a server. I've written about ClearOS, Untangle and several others in the past. Plus, you always can just install Webmin on your server and get a "roll your own" web-administered system. The thing I like about NethServer is how well it allows you to configure services while not doing anything proprietary underneath. I think the interface is simple and intuitive as well.

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Sway 0.11 Released

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FreeDOS 1.2

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The official announcement is on our website at www.freedos.org—but since I announced the FreeDOS 1.2 RC1 and RC2 here, I figured I'd make a brief mention on this blog too.

We're very excited for the new FreeDOS 1.2 distribution! We've added lots of new features that you should find useful and interesting.

Thanks to everyone in the FreeDOS Project for their work towards this new release! There are too many of you to recognize individually, but you have all helped enormously. Thank you!

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Also: FreeDOS 1.2 Released With New Installer & More Commands

GNU Hurd 0.9 & Mach 1.8 Released: Adds Ethernet Multiplexer, Mach Drops ACPI

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There is an early GNU Christmas with the release of GNU Hurd 0.9 joined by GNU Mach 1.8. Yep, another rare released update to Hurd.

GNU Hurd 0.9 supports its boot program running as an unprivileged user, an Ethernet multiplexer has been merged to support better virtual interfaces, the addition of the Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF) library, and many bug fixes.

GNU Mach meanwhile as the microkernel upon which GNU Hurd systems are based, has seen many changes with version 1.8. Mach 1.8 has significantly reworked its memory management system, the virtual memory system now uses a red-black tree for allocations, and improved debugging / error reporting. There are also many bug fixes in Mach and GNU Mach has dropped its partial ACPI support.

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Difference Between Linux And BSD | Open Source Operating Systems

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BSD

When you start to get out of the Windows ecosystem, the very first thing you see is macOS. But, chances are less that you may go for it, mostly because of the price tag. Moving further, you come across Linux flaunting its open source badge. Most people confuse Linux as an operating system and it has been a topic of controversy for a long time. Thus, some people refer a Linux operating system as GNU/Linux.

Soon, you start realizing how diverse is the Linux ecosystem with numerous Linux distributions and their derivatives. You almost believe that Linux and its family is the representative of the open source community. But there is a lesser-known family of operating systems known as the BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution), which also counts as one of the major names in the open source community.

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Q4OS - Part 4 - Life Without Windows

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The point of this series is to work out whether I can truly ditch Windows and use Q4OS as my sole operating system.

All of the office features I need are available in LibreOffice so for the most part I don't need Microsoft Office at all.

The only thing I need Microsoft Office, or should I say Microsoft Word for is to make sure the formatting of my CV is correct and I can use the online version of Microsoft Word for that.

The mission of living life without Windows is still very much on the go. Q4OS is extremely stable. As well as working out the Office stuff I have also used it to watch Breaking Bad on Netflix and for researching and writing the articles at Lifewire.com.

There is only one more snag. I am a software developer and I develop Windows software. I will show you how I am overcoming that snag next week.

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SemiCode OS — New Linux Distro For Programmers And Web Developers

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Very often Linux enthusiasts complain regarding the fragmentation due to hundreds of distributions. Each distribution has its own libraries, kernel configuration, pre-installed software, etc. However, the same variety makes Linux unique. Every person can create his/her own Linux distro and customize it.

If we take a look at the vast list of various Linux distributions, there are specialized solutions for hackers, power users, artists, and gamers. But, there’s a dearth of distros that claim to serve the unique needs of programmers, probably, because most Linux-based operating systems are customizable and a developers can install all the useful tools in no time.

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Make Ubuntu Work Like ChromeOS

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It might surprise some of you that with a little effort, you can make Ubuntu work like ChromeOS. Best of all, you can do so and still keep Ubuntu's advantages. In this article, I'll share some tips and thoughts on how you can run Ubuntu with similar features to those found in ChromeOS.

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deepin 15.4.1 Linux Distro Launches with a Focus on Details, Launcher Mini Mode

The developers behind the deepin GNU/Linux distribution announced today the general availability of the first point release to the deepin 15.4 stable series, versioned 15.4.1. Read more Also: deepin 15.4.1 Debian-based Linux distribution now available for download

Canonical Outs New Kernel Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu Releases

On July 20, 2017, Canonical released new kernel updates for all supported Ubuntu Linux releases, including Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.10, and Ubuntu 17.04, fixing up to fifteen security vulnerabilities. Read more Also: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Users Can Now Install the Linux 4.10 Kernel from Ubuntu 17.04

Leftovers: Ask the Linux Foundation and Review of Damn Small Linux

  • Questions about SysAdmin Training from The Linux Foundation? Join the Next #AskLF
    His #AskLF chat will take place the Monday after SysAdmin Day: a professional holiday the organization has recognized for years.
  • Damn Small Linux A Lightweight Linux Distro For Old Computers
    By the name yes it’s really small and lightweight (had to utter this word too “damn!”). Damn Small Linux is a distro that offers a GUI based OS for low resource systems and some applications for normal users task-alike. It’s designed with the intention to pack all the modern features under 50 MB. ​Well, that may sound crazy but you cannot rely on it as a primary OS if you have a recent modern hardware. Instead take a U-turn now and see what Ubuntu, Fedora or OpenSUSE has to offer. Damn Small Linux latest version is v4.11rc2 and development has been in a long pause since 2015. Don’t be put off by that because that’s how some people roll. Slow and steady until they sort things out.

Software: Emacs and Magit, KeePassXC, Weblate, Cockpit, Kate, AtCore, GNOME Builder, Undo, and WPS Office

  • Emacs and Magit
    The Git source-code management system is widely known for its flexibility and for the distributed development model that it supports. Its reputation for ease of use is ... less well established. There should, thus, be an opening for front-end systems that can make Git easier to use. One of the most comprehensive Git front ends, Magit, works within the Emacs editor and has a wide following. But Magit has run into some turbulence within the Emacs development community that is blocking its wider distribution.
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  • KeePassXC: A Great Way to Manage Passwords In Linux
    Do you always forget your password or want to have strongest password which can be hard to remember? If yes, then here is an application for you which will keep your passwords safe, strongest and encrypted. KeePassXC is an open-source forked from KeePassX by community released under GNU GPL license, it is cross-platform and all features works perfectly on every platform (Linux, Mac and Windows), as it is mentioned on KeePassXC website they have thoroughly tested features on multiple systems to provide user with the same look and feel on every supported operating system. This includes the beloved Auto-Type feature. KeePassXC, on the other hand, is developed in C++ and runs natively on all platforms giving you the best-possible platform integration.
  • Making Weblate more secure and robust
    Having publicly running web application always brings challenges in terms of security and in generally in handling untrusted data. Security wise Weblate has been always quite good (mostly thanks to using Django which comes with built in protection against many vulnerabilities), but there were always things to improve in input validation or possible information leaks.
  • Cockpit 146
    The Available Updates and Restart recommended pages now show the packages from the previous update run. This makes it easier to see which services to check or to decide whether a restart is really necessary...
  • Kate is now translated also on Windows!
  • AtCore officially moved to KDE Extragear
    It’s with all the joy in my heart that I share with you this amazing notice: AtCore was officially moved today to KDE Extragear by my favorite sysadmin Ben Cooksley after more than a month on KDE Review. This is the first huge milestone that we achieve on this 11 months of team work made by me, Patrick, Chris and sometimes Tomaz. Particularly I thanks, Luigui Toscano and Albert Cid for all the attention and review on AtCore code, that allowed us to make this move to Extragear. =D
  • Builder 3.25.5
    Like every year, GUADEC has snuck up on me. I’ll be heading out to Manchester in a handful of days which means things are going to get hectic any moment now. We just reached another milestone in our development phase towards 3.26. I’ve landed two important components which will have important roles in Builder’s future. The new visual layout, and the new shortcut engine. Neither are complete yet, but they are good enough to land on master and allow us to iterate without giant branches.
  • What I do at Undo
    In October, I started working for Undo and, now that I understand our technology better, it’s time to explain what I do. Undo produces a (closed source) technology which allows to record, rewind and replay Linux programs (on x86 and ARM). One of our products using this technology is UndoDB, a debugger built on top of gdb which allows you to do everything you do with gdb, but also to go back in time.
  • WPS Office Is An Alternative To Microsoft Office for Linux
    WPS Office is a slang for Writer, Presentation ad Spreadsheets, formerly known as Kingsoft Office. It is free (basic version) Office suite available for all platforms Linux, Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. A fully featured professional-grade version is also available for a subscription fee.