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Freespire 4.0 Released

2 hours 37 min ago
Today we are pleased to announce the release of Freespire 4.0. Freespire 4.0 is our newest release in the Freespire line. Freespire 4.0 is a free release in both terms of cost and code. Freespire 4.0 is a migration of our current 16.04 LTS codebase to the 18.04 LTS codebase which brings with it many improvements to usability and to hardware support. Freespire 4.0 is also the base for our commercial Linspire release

Linux chpasswd Command Tutorial for Beginners (5 Examples)

2 hours 46 min ago
Here at HowtoForge, we have already discussed the passwd command, which lets you change your account password on a Linux system. But what if you want to change passwords of multiple users in one go? Well, there exists a command - chpasswd - that lets you do this.

A checklist for submitting your first Linux kernel patch

4 hours 57 sec ago
One of the biggest—and the fastest moving—open source projects, the Linux kernel, is composed of about 53,600 files and nearly 20-million lines of code. With more than 15,600 programmers contributing to the project worldwide, the Linux kernel follows a maintainer model for collaboration.read more

How to Make Your Ubuntu PC a Wireless Access Point

5 hours 15 min ago
With the release of Ubuntu’s latest operating system, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, creating a hotspot is easier than ever before. With a wifi hotspot, you can let other wireless devices such as smartphones and televisions etc. make use of your computer’s internet connection.

How to Install HTTP Git Server with Nginx on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

6 hours 29 min ago
Git is a free and open source version control system that can be used to track changes of code. Git allows you to create many repositories for the same application and coordinating work on those files among multiple people. It is primarily used for source code management in software development.

Play Games From Your Nvidia GameStream-Enabled PC On Your Linux Desktop With Moonlight

7 hours 43 min ago
Moonlight (or Moonlight Game Streaming) is an open source client implementation of Nvidia's GameStream that allows you to stream your games and applications from a GameStream-compatible PC to another device, be it another Windows computer, a macOS or Linux desktop, Chrome OS, or an Android or iOS device.Stream doesn't mean you only get to look at the game. Moonlight lets you actually play games that run on a Windows machine from another device.

Everything You Need to Know about Linux Containers, Part I: Linux Control Groups and Process Isolation

8 hours 58 min ago
Everyone's heard the term, but what exactly are containers? To understand the technology completely, you firstneed to understand the many pieces that make it all possible.

Create DIY music box cards with Punchbox

10 hours 12 min ago
I love it when the opportunity to combine music and coding comes together. I've worked on a few personal projects related to music, from making music with network traffic to an auto-accompaniment system for electronic drums. More recently, my wonderful wife gave me a beautiful, programmable music box for my birthday. You punch out music notes on a card and crank it through the music box to play a tune.read more

Install Tor on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux

11 hours 26 min ago
The objective is to install Tor on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver. This guide will also provide you with some basic configuration and usage of Tor network in order to conceal your identity.

Teaching kids Linux at summer camp

12 hours 41 min ago
As the late, great mathematician, computer scientist, and educator Seymour Papert once said, "I am convinced that the best learning takes place where the learner takes charge." Unfortunately, most schools stifle children's natural curiosity and creativity, locking down technology and reducing students to consumers of content they have no hand in creating.read more

How to install WordPress with Nginx on Ubuntu 18.04

13 hours 55 min ago
In this tutorial we will show you how to install WordPress on an Ubuntu 18.04 machine. It is a fairly straightforward process that takes less than ten minutes to complete.

Python wriggles onward without its head

15 hours 9 min ago
The software's just fine, annual codefest agreesAnalysis At the third annual PyBay Conference in San Francisco over the weekend, Python aficionados gathered to learn new tricks and touch base with old friends.…

Top Linux Applications For Office Use

16 hours 24 min ago
However, the fact that you prefer a closed operating system does not mean that your company can not benefit from a large number of open source programs available. The best part is that most of these programs can be downloaded and run for free. But the question is, what programs are these and how do they allow you to run your business? Let's find out.

Latest Deepin Linux Release Promises to Consume Less Memory Than Ubuntu or Windows

17 hours 38 min ago
The developers of the Deepin Linux operating system have announced today the release and general availability of Deepin 15.7, a new maintenance update that brings more performance improvements and general system optimizations.

Domain Name Registrations Reach 339.8 Million in 2Q18

18 hours 52 min ago
ngTLDs continue to lose grown as dot com remains the overall champ.

Rugged, sandwich-style Sitara SBC has optimized Linux stack

20 hours 7 min ago
Forlinx’s sandwich-style, industrial temp “OK5718-C” SBC runs Linux on a “FET5718-C” module with a Cortex-A15 based TI AM5718 SoC. Other features include SATA, HDMI, MIPI-CSI, USB 3.0, CAN, and mini-PCIe.

AV1 and the Video Wars of 2027

22 hours 35 min ago
It's six years in the future, and Netflix costs $4,000 a month. What happened? We continued our reliance on patented video codecs to stream web video, instead of supporting royalty-free AV1.

Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" Receives L1 Terminal Fault Mitigations, Update Now

Tuesday 21st of August 2018 05:56:22 AM
The Debian Project released today a new Linux kernel security update for Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" users to address the recently disclosed L1 Terminal Fault vulnerabilities.

True Believer

Tuesday 21st of August 2018 04:42:02 AM
The calendar page had recently flipped to the new century when I had my own Road To Damascus moment. It was, in the truest sense of the phrase, a profound revelation. It built up in me like an electrical charge. A moment I realized that the monitor in front of me reflected something that was going to not only change my life, but had the potential to change lives of millions.

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Security: X.Org Server, USBHarpoon, Kubernetes Penetration Testing

  • Three New Security Advisories Hit X.Org's X11 Library
    It's been a while since last having any big security bulletins for the X.Org Server even though some of the code-base dates back decades and security researchers have said the security is even worse than it looks and numerous advisories have come up in recent years. But it's not because X11 is bug-free as today three more security bulletins were made public affecting libX11. Today's security advisory pertains to three different functions in libX11 that are affected by different issues. The security issues come down to off-by-one writes, a potential out of boundary write, and a crash on invalid reply.
  • USBHarpoon: How “Innocent” USB Cables Can Be Manipulated To Inject Malware
    Back in 2014 Black Hat Conference, crypto specialists Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell introduced the concept of BadUSB — a USB security flaw which allows attackers to turn a USB into a keyboard which can be used to type in commands. Now, a researcher from SYON Security has managed to build a modified USB charging cable that will enable hackers to transfer malware on your PC without you even noticing it. Behind the hood is the BadUSB vulnerability. [...] While BadUSB is gradually climbing the ladder towards the mainstream cyber attacks, people are also coming up with the corresponding firewalls to tackle the new age attacks.
  • Open Source 'Kube-Hunter' Does Kubernetes Penetration Testing
    Aqua Security released the open source kube-hunter tool for penetration testing of Kubernetes clusters, used for container orchestration. "You give it the IP or DNS name of your Kubernetes cluster, and kube-hunter probes for security issues -- it's like automated penetration testing," the company said in an Aug. 15 blog post. The tool -- with source code available on GitHub -- is also packaged by the company in a containerized version, which works with the company's kube-hunter Web site where test results can be seen and shared.

Linux-Friendly Hardware From Tranquil PC and Aaeon

  • Rugged, Linux-ready mini-PC showcases Ryzen V1000
    Tranquil PC open pre-orders on a fanless, barebones “Mini Multi Display PC” mini-PC with AMD’s Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoC, 4x simultaneous 4K DisplayPort displays, 2x GbE, and up to 32GB DDR4 and 1TB storage. Manchester, UK based Tranquil PC has launched the first mini-PC based on the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000. The Mini Multi Display PC is named for the Ryzen V1000’s ability to simultaneously drive four 4K displays, a feature supported here with 4x DisplayPorts. The NUC-like, aluminum frame system is moderately rugged, with 0 to 40°C support and IP50 protection.
  • Apollo Lake Pico-ITX SBC has dual GbE ports and plenty of options
    Aaeon’s Apollo Lake powered “PICO-APL4” SBC offers a pair each of GbE, USB 3.0, and M.2 connections plus HDMI, SATA III, and up to 64GB eMMC. Aaeon has spun another Pico-ITX form-factor SBC featuring Intel Apollo Lake processors, following the PICO-APL3 and earlier PICO-APL1. Unlike those SBCs, the new PICO-APL4 has dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, among other minor changes.

State Certifies LA County’s New Open-Source Vote Tally System

Los Angeles County’s open-source vote tally system was certified by the secretary of state Tuesday, clearing the way for redesigned vote-by-mail ballots to be used in the November election. “With security on the minds of elections officials and the public, open-source technology has the potential to further modernize election administration, security and transparency,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “Los Angeles County’s VSAP vote tally system is now California’s first certified election system to use open-source technology. This publicly-owned technology represents a significant step in the future of elections in California and across the country.” The system — dubbed Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) Tally Version 1.0 — went through rigorous security testing by staffers working with the secretary of state as well as an independent test lab, according to county and state officials. Read more

Mesa and NVIDIA Graphics on Linux

  • Collabora's Mesa EGLDevice Work To Better Support Multiple GPUs
    As covered earlier this month, Emil Velikov at Collabora has been working on EGLDevice support for Mesa. These EGL extensions originally developed by NVIDIA are being pursued by Mesa developers for better dealing with the enumeration and querying of multiple GPUs on a system. Right now there is the DRI_PRIME environment variable to allow toggling between systems primarily with two GPUs (namely, Optimus notebooks have been the main use-case) but using EGLDevice support by the Mesa drivers the matter of GPU selection for OpenGL rendering can be made by the application/toolkit developer and for other scenarios like multi-GPU systems running without a display server.
  • NVIDIA 396.54 Linux Driver Released To Fix A OpenGL/Vulkan Performance Bug
    One day after announcing the GeForce RTX 2070/2080 series, NVIDIA has released a new Linux driver. But it's not a major new driver branch at this time (that's presumably coming closer to the 20 September launch date) with the Turing GPU support, but is a point release delivering a practical bug fix. The sole change listed in today's NVIDIA 396.54 driver update is, "Fixed a resource leak introduced in the 390 series of drivers that could lead to reduced performance after starting and stopping several OpenGL and/or Vulkan applications."