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CentOS Vs. Ubuntu

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 03:16:28 PM
Linux options available are almost “limitless” because, everyone can build it, either by changing an already existing distro or a new Linux From Scratch (LFS).

Getting Started with Taskwarrior

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 02:02:08 PM
Taskwarrior is a flexible command-line task management program. In their own words: Taskwarrior manages your TODO list from your command line. It is flexible, fast, efficient, unobtrusive, does its job then gets out of your way. Taskwarrior is highly customizable,... Continue Reading →

How to Back Up Your Android Data with ADB on Ubuntu

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:47:47 PM
Did you know that instead of using apps you can back up your Android data entirely using the PC? Here is how you can back up your Android data with ADB on Ubuntu.

Canonical Now Offers Mesa 13.0.4 for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.10 in a PPA

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 11:33:27 AM
As we reported earlier this week, the soon-to-be-released Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system won't ship with the latest Mesa 13.0.x 3D Graphics Library, but with Mesa 12.0.6.

RSA 2017: SophosLabs sees spike in Linux-IoT malware

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 10:19:07 AM
Attackers are increasingly using Linux security holes to target and infect Internet of Things (IoT) devices that include everything from webcams to internet-connecting household appliances. That's among the findings in a SophosLabs malware forecast released today, the first day of RSA Conference 2017 in San Francisco.

Orange Pi as Time Machine Server

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 09:04:46 AM
Set up an Orange Pi board as an inexpensive Time Machine server for backing up your Mac using Netatalk on Armbian Linux.

How to Setup Linux RAID 1 Device on RHEL

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 07:50:26 AM
Configuring LINUX RAID 1 is very essential.....RAID partitions allows advanced features such as redundancy and better performance.

Jam: Listen To Google Play Music From The Console

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 06:36:06 AM
Jam is a new Google Play Music console player for Linux and Windows. It features a console interface very similar to that of Cmus with easy keyboard navigation, last.fm scrobbling, and more.

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) environment on IBM Power Systems

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 05:21:46 AM
This article describes how to install and configure RHV components based on RHEL 7.3 LE, on an IBM POWER8 host.

Recent WordPress vulnerability used to deface 1.5 million pages

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 04:07:25 AM
Attackers are exploiting the recently patched REST API vulnerability that allows code to be injected into WordPress websites.

A beginner's guide to understanding sudo on Ubuntu

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 02:53:05 AM
The sudo command on Linux: ever got a 'Permission denied' error while working on the Linux command line? Chances are that you were trying to perform an operation that requires root permissions.

How To Hide Files And Folders in File Manager Without Renaming

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 01:38:45 AM
Three ways to hide files or folders in file manager.

Linux FAQs(Frequently Asked Questions) From A Newbie Perspective

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:24:25 AM
Linux distros are wonderful operating systems. But when you are new to it, you’re probably gonna have some questions in your mind. It’s normal, I too had many questions at first. So, here I’m gonna list out 10 frequently asked questions about Linux.

How to Install Invoice Ninja on CentOS

Monday 13th of February 2017 11:10:05 PM
Invoice Ninja is a popular open source application for invoicing, tracking time and accepting payments.

Industrial controller builds on Raspberry Pi 3

Monday 13th of February 2017 09:55:45 PM
Janz Tec has released an industrial controller built around the Raspberry Pi 3, with WiFi, Bluetooth, CANbus, and CODESYS compatibility. Saelig launched North American distribution for the latest in Janz Tec’s emPC-A/RPI line of Raspberry Pi based industrial controllers. The Raspberry Pi 3 derived emPC-A/RPI3 follows the almost identical, RPi 2 based emPC-A/RPI2, which was […]

No, OpenSUSE and SUSE Downloads Haven’t Been Hacked

Monday 13th of February 2017 08:41:25 PM
No matter what you might have heard or read, it appears as if last week's defacement of openSUSE's news site didn't affect download images of either openSUSE or SLES.

VC Investor Martin Casado on the Future of Software-Defined Networking

Monday 13th of February 2017 06:43:32 PM
Software-defined networking’s biggest accomplishment last year was achieving market traction and validation, says Martin Casado, a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. But there are still many challenges ahead for the industry at large and the organizations that aim to drive SDN forward.

Taming the Mesos Bleeding Edge with DC/OS

Monday 13th of February 2017 05:29:12 PM
Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, famously said: "Every business will become a software business, build applications, use advanced analytics and provide Saas services." That[he]#039[/he]s a bold prediction. Aaron Williams, Head of Advocacy and DC/OS at Mesosphere, believes it[he]#039[/he]s true and that DC/OS is the bridge to this new world. He tells us why at MesosCon Asia 2016.

The decline of GPL?

Monday 13th of February 2017 04:14:52 PM
A little while ago I saw an interesting tweet from Stephen O'Grady at RedMonk on the state of open source licensing, including this graph.read more

How To Share Printer On Network In Linux

Monday 13th of February 2017 03:00:32 PM
Printing is an everyday job for us. Projects, office work, homework etc. The basic fact is that we almost require printing everyday. Now, what if we require sharing printer connected to our home Linux machine. So I decided to write a guide about it which is fairly simple. So, let’s start.

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Diving into Drupal: Princeton’s Multi-site Migration Success with Open-source
    Princeton University’s web team had a complex and overwhelming digital ecosystem comprised of many different websites, created from pre-built templates and hosted exclusively on internal servers. Fast forward six years: Princeton continues to manage a their multisite and flagship endeavors on the open-source Drupal platform, and have seen some great results since their migration back in 2011. However, this success did not come overnight. Organizational buy-in, multi-site migration and authentication were a few of the many challenges Princeton ran into when making the decision to move to the cloud.
  • GitHub Invites Developers to Contribute to the Open Source Guides
    GitHub has recently launched its Open Source Guides, a collection of resources addressing the most common scenarios and best practices for both contributors and maintainers of open source projects. The guides themselves are open source and GitHub is actively inviting developers to participate and share their stories.
  • Top open source projects
    TechRadar recently posted an article about "The best open source software 2017" where they list a few of their favorite open source software projects. It's really hard for an open source software project to become popular if it has poor usability—so I thought I'd add a few quick comments of my own about each.
  • Dropbox releases open-source Slack bot
    Dropbox is looking to tackle unauthorized access and other security incidents in the workplace with a chatbot. Called Securitybot, it that can automatically grab alerts from security monitoring tools and verify incidents with other employers. The company says that through the use of the chatbot, which is open source, it will no longer be necessary to manually reach out to employees to verify access, every time someone enters a sensitive part of the system. The bot is built primarily for Slack, but it is designed to be transferable to other platforms as well.
  • Dropbox’s tool shows how chatbots could be future of cybersecurity
    Disillusion with chatbots has set in across the tech industry and yet Dropbox’s deep thinkers believe they have spotted the technology’s hidden talent: cybersecurity.

Desktop GNU/Linux

  • Entroware have unleashed the 'Aether' laptop for Linux enthusiasts featuring Intel's 7th generation CPUs
  • New Entroware Aether Laptop Pairs Intel Kaby Lake with Ubuntu
    The new Entroware Aether is the latest Linux powered laptop from British company Entroware, and is powered by the latest Intel Kaby Lake processors.
  • Freedom From Microsoft v1.01
    But we can be Free from Microsoft! As we saw above, there is a powerful – and now popular movement afoot to make alternative software available. The Free Software Foundation, and the GNU Project, both founded by Richard Stallman, provide Free software to users with licenses that guarantee users rights: the rights to view, modify, and distribute the software source code. With GNU-licensed software, such as Linux, the user is in complete control over the software they employ. And as people contribute to modify Free Software source code, and are required to share those modifications again, the aggregate creative acts give rise to the availability of many more, much more useful results. Value is created beyond what anyone thought possible, and our freedom multiplies.
  • Review of the week 2017/08
    This week we had to cancel a couple snapshots, as a regression in grub was detected, that caused issues on chain-loading bootloaders. But thanks to our genius maintainers, the issue could be found, fixed and integrated into Tumbleweed (and this despite being busy with hackweek! A great THANK YOU!). Despite those canceled snapshots, this review will still span 4 revisions: 0216, 0218, 0219 and 0224. And believe me, there have been quite some things coming your way.

Security Leftovers

  • [Older] The Secure Linux OS - Tails
    Some people worry a lot about security issues. Anyone can worry about their personal information, such as credit card numbers, on the Internet. They can also be concerned with someone monitoring their activity on the Internet, such as the websites they visit. To help ease these frustrations about the Internet anyone can use the Internet without having to “look over their shoulder”.
  • Password management made easy as news of CloudFlare leak surfaces
    In the last 24 hours, news broke that a serious Cloudflare bug has been causing sensitive data leaks since September, exposing 5.5 million users across thousands of websites. In addition to login data cached by Google and other search engines, it is possible that some iOS applications have been affected as well. With the scale of this leak, the best course of action is to update every password for every site you have an account for. If there was ever a good time to modernize your password practices, this is it. As consumers and denizens of the Internet, we have a responsibility to be aware of the risks we face and make an attempt to mitigate that risk by taking best-effort precautions. Poor password and authentication hygiene leaves a user open to risks such as credit card fraud and identity theft, just like forgetting to brush your teeth regularly can lead to cavities and gum disease. This leaves us with the question of what good password and authentication hygiene looks like. If we stick with the (admittedly poorly chosen) dentistry analogy, then there are five easily identifiable aspects of good hygiene.
  • Security: You might want to change passwords on sites that use Cloudflare
  • Smoothwall Express
    The award-winning Smoothwall Express open-source firewall—designed specifically to be installed and administered by non-experts—continues its forward development march with a new 3.1 release.

Leftovers: Ubuntu and Derivatives

  • 'Big Bang Theory's' Stuart wears Ubuntu T-shirt
    Am I the only person to notice that comic book shop-owning Stuart (Kevin Sussman) on the "The Big Bang Theory" is wearing an Ubuntu T-shirt on the episode airing Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017? (It's Season 10, Episode 17, if that information helps you.) The T-shirt appearance isn't as overt as Sheldon's mention of the Ubuntu Linux operating system way back in Season 3 (Episode 22, according to one YouTube video title), but it's an unusual return for Ubuntu to the world of "Big Bang."
  • Unity Explained: A Look at Ubuntu’s Default Desktop Environment
    Ubuntu is the most well-known version of Linux around. It’s how millions of people have discovered Linux for the first time, and continues to draw new users into the world of open source operating systems. So the interface Ubuntu uses is one many people are going to see. In this area, Ubuntu is unique. Even as a new user, rarely will you confuse the default Ubuntu desktop for something else. That’s because Ubuntu has its own interface that you can — but probably won’t — find anywhere else. It’s called Unity.
  • A Look at Ubuntu MATE 16.04.2 LTS for Raspberry Pi
    Installing Ubuntu MATE onto my Raspberry Pi 3 was straight forward. You can easily use Etcher to write the image to a microSD card, the partition is automatically resized to fill your microSD card when the pi is powered up for the first time, and then you are sent through a typical guided installer. Installation takes several minutes and finally the system reboots and you arrive at the desktop. A Welcome app provides some good information on Ubuntu MATE, including a section specific for the Raspberry Pi. The Welcome app explains that the while the system is based on Ubuntu MATE and uses Ubuntu armhf base, it is in fact using the same kernel as Raspian. It also turns out that a whole set of Raspian software has been ported over such as raspi-config, rpi.gpio, sonic-pi, python-sent-hat, omxplayer, etc. I got in a very simple couple of tests that showed that GPIO control worked.
  • Zorin OS 12 Business Has Arrived [Ed: Zorin 12.1 has also just been released]
    This new release of Zorin OS Business takes advantage of the new features and enhancements in Zorin OS 12, our biggest release ever. These include an all new desktop environment, a new way to install software, entirely new desktop apps and much more. You can find more information about what’s new in Zorin OS 12 here.