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Meet Gladys, a Raspberry Pi-Powered Intelligent, Open-Source Home Assistant

Monday 6th of November 2017 10:26:52 PM
Meet Gladys, an open-source program designed to become the only intelligent home assistant you'll ever need, backed by the tiny and powerful Raspberry Pi single-board computer.

How to use cron in Linux

Monday 6th of November 2017 09:18:15 PM
One of the challenges (among the many advantages) of being a sysadmin is running tasks when you'd rather be sleeping. For example, some tasks (including regularly recurring tasks) need to run overnight or on weekends, when no one is expected to be using computer resources. I have no time to spare in the evenings to run commands and scripts that have to operate during off-hours. And I don't want to have to get up at oh-dark-hundred to start a backup or major update.read more

OpenStack Aims to Improve Integration with Cloud Native Technologies

Monday 6th of November 2017 08:09:38 PM
At the OpenStack Summit in Australia, open-source cloud effort announces a series of new efforts to help improve integration across a variety of complementary cloud native technologies.

How to Install Varnish Cache with Apache on CentOS 7

Monday 6th of November 2017 07:01:01 PM
Varnish is a proxy server focused on HTTP caching. It's designed as an HTTP accelerator and can act as reverse proxy for your web server Apache or Nginx. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure varnish HTTP accelerator as a reverse proxy for Apache web server.

Shedding light on foggy GPL licenses

Monday 6th of November 2017 05:52:24 PM
The GPL family of licenses is unique among open source licenses in how past, current, and future versions of the license may apply to the software program. By not fully understanding this unique license feature, open source software developers may inadvertently create ambiguity.read more

5 Reasons Why Linux Mint is Better Than Ubuntu

Monday 6th of November 2017 03:22:38 PM
Which one is better, Linux Mint or Ubuntu?

PoE, PoE+ and Passive POE

Monday 6th of November 2017 01:56:51 PM
I've been installing a lot of POE devices recently, and thedifferent methods for providing power over Ethernet cables can be veryconfusing. There are a few standards in place, and then there's a method thatisn't a standard, but is widely used.

Using Visual Studio Code on Fedora

Monday 6th of November 2017 12:31:05 PM
A text editor is one of the most important tools for any programmer. Visual Studio Code is an open source text editor specifically designed for editing source code. Visual Studio Code was released by Microsoft in April 2015 and later became a... Continue Reading →

Two productive habits of experienced Sysadmins

Monday 6th of November 2017 11:05:19 AM
This guide explores two habits that experienced Sysadmins use to make their time on the command line more efficient.

GPL bodies in bizarre trademark fight

Monday 6th of November 2017 09:07:45 AM
Senior Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman has claimed he asked the Linux Foundation to withdraw funding from the Software Freedom Conservancy back in 2016, because he was unhappy with the way in which the SFC went about enforcing compliance with the GPL, the licence under which the Linux kernel is published.

Audacity 2.2 Open-Source Audio Editor Brings MIDI Playback, macOS Sierra Support

Monday 6th of November 2017 07:01:57 AM
Audacity, the open-source and cross-platform audio editor for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows operating systems, has been updated this week to a new stable series, versioned 2.2.

Gaming On Linux: All You Need To Know

Monday 6th of November 2017 04:56:09 AM
This is one of the most frequently asked questions by people who are thinking about switching to Linux. After all, gaming on Linux often termed as a distant possibility.

$275K for Creative Gigabit Projects Across the U.S.

Monday 6th of November 2017 02:50:21 AM
From augmented reality training for first responders, to robotics classes for high school students, Mozilla is supporting bright ideas that leverage gigabit internet to create more open and innovative cities...

Critical Tor flaw leaks users’ real IP address -- update now

Monday 6th of November 2017 12:50:12 AM
Mac and Linux versions of the Tor anonymity browser just received a temporary fix for a critical vulnerability that leaks users' IP addresses when they visit certain types of addresses. TorMoil, as the flaw has been dubbed by its discoverer, is triggered when users click on links that begin with file:// rather than the more common https:// and http:// address prefixes.

Kubuntu 16.04 LTS Users Can Now Update to KDE Plasma 5.8.8 LTS and Krita 3.3.2

Sunday 5th of November 2017 10:10:06 PM
After a couple of weeks of testing, the Kubuntu developers have announced this weekend the availability of the KDE Plasma 5.8.8 LTS and Krita 3.3.2 packages for Kubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

Taisei – A Classy, Frenetic Shoot’em Up Game in the Style of The Touhou Project

Sunday 5th of November 2017 06:14:32 PM
Taisei is a top down perspective shoot’em up game in the style of the Touhou Project. It’s fast, furious, and good fun to play.

10 Fascinating Things We Learned When We Asked The World

Sunday 5th of November 2017 10:19:23 AM
In August, Mozilla sent out a survey asking [he]#8220[/he]How connected are you?[he]#8220[/he] We inquired about people[he]#8217[/he]s relationships with their connected devices........The Fascinating Things We Learned When We Asked The World [he]#8216[/he]How Connected Are You?[he]#8217[/he] appeared first on The Mozilla Blog.

openSUSE Tumbleweed Users Get Latest KDE Plasma 5.11 Desktop and Mesa 17.2.3

Sunday 5th of November 2017 08:07:52 AM
Back to publishing weekly reports about the latest updates landing in the openSUSE Tumbleweed operating system, Dominique Leuenberger is reporting on the contents of the newest snapshots.

NXP Cortex-M7 chip gains uClinux BSP

Sunday 5th of November 2017 05:56:20 AM
Emcraft unveiled a uClinux BSP for NXP’s new i.MX RT1050 EVK and up to 600MHz i.MX RT chip, which NXP calls the fastest Cortex-M processor yet. With last week’s announcement of its “crossover” i.MX RT processor, NXP further blurred the boundaries between application processors, which can run high-end OSes like Linux, and MCUs, which usually can’t.

Top 5: Linux-based personal finance tools, a Piano-playing Go AI, and more

Sunday 5th of November 2017 03:44:49 AM
This week, we take a look at how the Go programming language is skyrocketing, using Go and Raspberry Pi to create music, and how your cat can be a model for open source community management.

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Security: Uber, Replacing x86 Firmware, 'IoT' and Chromebook

  • Key Dem calls for FTC to investigate Uber data breach

    A key Democrat is calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate a massive Uber breach that released data on 57 million people, as well as the company's delay in reporting the cyber incident.

  • Multiple states launch probes into massive Uber breach
  • Replacing x86 firmware with Linux and Go

    The problem, Minnich said, is that Linux has lost its control of the hardware. Back in the 1990s, when many of us started working with Linux, it controlled everything in the x86 platform. But today there are at least two and a half kernels between Linux and the hardware. Those kernels are proprietary and, not surprisingly, exploit friendly. They run at a higher privilege level than Linux and can manipulate both the hardware and the operating system in various ways. Worse yet, exploits can be written into the flash of the system so that they persist and are difficult or impossible to remove—shredding the motherboard is likely the only way out.

  • Connected sex-toy allows for code-injection attacks on a robot you wrap around your genitals

    However, the links included base-64 encoded versions of the entire blowjob file, making it vulnerable to code-injection attacks. As Lewis notes, "I will leave you to ponder the consequences of having an XSS vulnerability on a page with no framebusting and preauthed connection to a robot wrapped around or inside someones genitals..."

  • Chromebook exploit earns researcher second $100k bounty
    For Google’s bug bounty accountants, lightning just struck twice. In September 2016, an anonymous hacker called Gzob Qq earned $100,000 (£75,000) for reporting a critical “persistent compromise” exploit of Google’s Chrome OS, used by Chromebooks. Twelve months on and the same researcher was wired an identical pay out for reporting – yes! – a second critical persistent compromise of Google’s Chrome OS. By this point you might think Google was regretting its 2014 boast that it could confidently double its maximum payout for Chrome OS hacks to $100,000 because “since we introduced the $50,000 reward, we haven’t had a successful submission.” More likely, it wasn’t regretting it at all because isn’t being told about nasty vulnerabilities the whole point of bug bounties?
  • Why microservices are a security issue
    And why is that? Well, for those of us with a systems security bent, the world is an interesting place at the moment. We're seeing a growth in distributed systems, as bandwidth is cheap and latency low. Add to this the ease of deploying to the cloud, and more architects are beginning to realise that they can break up applications, not just into multiple layers, but also into multiple components within the layer. Load balancers, of course, help with this when the various components in a layer are performing the same job, but the ability to expose different services as small components has led to a growth in the design, implementation, and deployment of microservices.

Lumina 1.4 Desktop Environment Debuts with New Theme Engine and ZFS Integrations

Lumina 1.4.0 is a major release that introduces several new core components, such as the Lumina Theme Engine to provide enhanced theming capabilities for the desktop environment and apps written in the Qt 5 application framework. The Lumina Theme Engine comes with a configuration utility and makes the previous desktop theme system obsolete, though it's possible to migrate your current settings to the new engine. "The backend of this engine is a standardized theme plugin for the Qt5 toolkit, so that all Qt5 applications will now present a unified appearance (if the application does not enforce a specific appearance/theme of it’s own)," said the developer in today's announcement. "Users of the Lumina desktop will automatically have this plugin enabled: no special action is required." Read more

today's leftovers

  • qBittorrent 4.0 Is a Massive Update of the Open-Source BitTorrent Client
    qBittorrent, the open-source and cross-platform BitTorrent client written in Qt for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows systems, has been updated to version 4.0, a major release adding numerous new features and improvements. qBittorrent 4.0 is the first release of the application to drop OS/2 support, as well as support for the old Qt 4 framework as Qt 5.5.1 or later is now required to run it on all supported platforms. It also brings a new logo and a new SVG-based icon theme can be easily scaled. Lots of other cosmetic changes are present in this release, and the WebGUI received multiple enhancements.
  • FFmpeg Continues Working Its "NVDEC" NVIDIA Video Decoding Into Shape
    Earlier this month the FFmpeg project landed its initial NVDEC NVIDIA video decoding support after already supporting NVENC for video encoding. These new NVIDIA APIs for encode/decode are part of the company's Video Codec SDK with CUDA and is the successor to the long-used VDPAU video decoding on NVIDIA Linux boxes. That NVDEC support has continued getting into shape.
  • Kobo firmware 4.6.10075 mega update (KSM, nickel patch, ssh, fonts)
    A new firmware for the Kobo ebook reader came out and I adjusted the mega update pack to use it. According to the comments in the firmware thread it is working faster than previous releases. The most incredible change though is the update from wpa_supplicant 0.7.1 (around 2010) to 2.7-devel (current). Wow.
  • 3.5-inch Apollo Lake SBC has dual mini-PCIe slots and triple displays
    Avalue’s Linux-friendly, 3.5-inch “ECM-APL2” SBC features Apollo Lake SoCs, 2x GbE, 4x USB 3.0, 2x mini-PCIe, triple displays, and optional -40 to 85°C. Avalue’s 3.5-inch, Apollo Lake based ECM-APL single-board computer was announced a year ago, shortly after Intel unveiled its Apollo Lake generation. Now it has followed up with an ECM-APL2 3.5-incher with a slightly different, and reduced, feature set.
  • 7 Best Android Office Apps To Meet Your Productivity Needs
    Office application is an essential suite that allows you to create powerful spreadsheets, documents, presentations, etc., on a smartphone. Moreover, Android office apps come with cloud integration so that you can directly access the reports from the cloud, edit them, or save them online. To meet the productivity need of Android users, the Play Store offers an extensive collection of Android office apps. But, we have saved you the hassle of going through each one of them and provided you a list of the best office apps for Android. The apps that we have picked are all free, although some do have Pro version or extra features available for in-app purchases. You can also refer to this list if you’re looking for Microsoft Office alternatives for your PC.

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