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Feeling Scammed After Anonabox? Android-Based Project Sierra Claims To Be The Real Deal

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Android
Linux
Security

In the wake of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's big reveal on government spying, there's been a concerted effort by companies big and small to try and make our lives truly private. One seemingly promising solution was Anonabox, a little plug-and-play device that routes traffic through Tor to keep our online activities anonymous. Unfortunately, we were all misled on a number of levels, prompting Kickstarter to remove the project forever. Hot on its heels is Project Sierra, a network encryption device that's supposedly the real deal.

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ARM vs. Intel: Why chipmakers want your Chromebook’s brains

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GNU
Linux
Google

Case in point: Samsung's new Chromebook 2, announced Friday, which has Intel's Bay Trail M Celeron N2840—not one of Samsung’s own Exynos dual-core ARM chips. Earlier Chromebook 2 versions shipped with ARM processors and will continue to do so, but in a briefing with PCWorld, Samsung product manager David Ng said Chromebooks are quickly trending toward Intel components. "More than 50% of Chromebooks sold these days have Intel processors," Ng said.

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Also: Chromebook Sales Jump 67 Percent In Last Three Months

Linux Container Security

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Linux
Security

Hypervisors present a smaller attack surface than containers. This is somewhat mitigated in containers by using seccomp, selinux and restricting capabilities in order to reduce the number of kernel entry points that untrusted code can touch, but even so there is simply a greater quantity of privileged code available to untrusted apps in a container environment when compared to a hypervisor environment[1].

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Avoiding systemd isn't hard

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Linux
Debian

Don't listen to trolls. They lie.

Debian was and continues to be about choice. Previously, you could configure Debian to use other init systems, and you can continue to do so in the future.

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Most Popular Linux Desktop Environment: GNOME Shell

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GNU
Linux
GNOME

Even after settling on a Linux distribution to use, you still have to decide on a desktop environment. There are tons to choose from, and last week we asked you for your favorites. Then we looked at the five best Linux desktop environments. Now we're back to highlight your favorite, 11,000 votes later.

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Linux-based smart glasses keep it stylish

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Linux

Laforge is prepping a $399 beta version of its Linux-based Icis eyewear, as well as a $549 Bold model due in 2015 that adds a camera and higher resolution.

Relatively few of the smart eyewear products now coming to market compete directly with Google Glass as a general-purpose consumer device. Most are vertical-market helmets for industrial or field service use (Vuzix M100), or are designed for specific activities such as skiing (Recon’s Snow 2) or motorcycle riding (Skully AR-1.) Laforge Optical’s Icis stands out from the pack with its consumer focus and its foundation in embedded Linux rather than the stripped-down Android stacks used by most smart eyewear.

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5 Deadly Linux Commands You Should Never Run

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Linux

As a Linux user, you probably have searched online for articles and tutorials that show you how to use the terminal to run some commands. While most of these commands are harmless and could help you become more productive, there are some commands that are deadly and could wipe out your whole machine.

In this article, let’s check out some of the deadly Linux commands that you should never run.

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Elementary OS’s Pantheon Desktop May Become Available On Fedora Systems, Starting With Fedora 22

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Linux
Red Hat

The Fedora developers are thinking at porting Elementary OS’s Pantheon Desktop to Fedora. If this happens, Pantheon will be available via the default repositories of Fedora, starting with Fedora 22, which will be released next year.

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TI spices up Jacinto auto SoCs with ADAS support

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Android
Linux

The Jacinto 6, which ships with Linux, Android, and QNX SDKs, has been a popular choice among next-generation GENIVI and Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) based designs. It’s running on GlobalLogic’s AGL-based Nautilus in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and telematics platform, which currently uses Android and will soon offer Tizen Linux, as well.

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LISA14 – Simplified Remote Management of Linux Servers

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Linux
Server

I am giving a talk on Simplified Remote Management of Linux Servers at the upcoming LISA14 conference in Seattle, which runs from November 9-14. My talk is 9:45-10:30am on Friday, November 14. LISA is Large Installation System Administration SIG of Usenix.

If you are attending LISA I would enjoy meeting you and discussing anything around system administration, security, and open source in general! Drop me a line and let’s see about scheduling some time.

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