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Mozilla stops Facebook advertising, demands privacy changes

Friday 23rd of March 2018 06:06:58 AM
It's probably not top of Mark Zuckerberg's worry list this week but Mozilla Corporation, developer of the Firefox browser, is officially unhappy with Facebook.

FOSS Project Spotlight: Sawmill, the Data Processing Project

Friday 23rd of March 2018 05:10:10 AM
Introducing Sawmill, an open-source Java library for enriching, transforming andfiltering JSON documents.

Hybrid cloud security: Emerging lessons

Friday 23rd of March 2018 04:13:22 AM
New and emerging security lessons becoming evident as hybrid cloud infrastructures grow up. As hybrid cloud infrastructures mature, so do the collective lessons learned from these implementations.

Best Open Source Content Management System

Friday 23rd of March 2018 03:16:34 AM
Vote on the following management systems: Concrete5, Durpal, Grav, Joomla, ModX and Wordpress. You can also suggest: "Other" but please write in a comment.

Modular PLC platform runs Linux on Allwinner H5

Friday 23rd of March 2018 02:19:46 AM
UniPi’s “Axon” line of 13 DIN-rail PLC systems for smart home and building automation run Linux on an Allwinner H5, and offer GbE, WiFi, BT, and varying configurations of DIDO, analog I/O, relays, and serial I/O.

Node.js Is Now Available as a Snap on Ubuntu, Other GNU/Linux Distributions

Friday 23rd of March 2018 01:22:58 AM
Node.js, the widely-used open-source and cross-platform JavaScript runtime environment for executing server-side JavaScript code, is now officially available as a Snap package for the Linux platform.

Block Web traffic in Apache server using .htaccess

Friday 23rd of March 2018 12:26:10 AM
htaccess file is a very important & useful file used to alter the configuration of Apache web server. .htaccess files can be used to change the configuration of the Apache Web Server to enable/disable...

How to install XMB forum on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 11:29:22 PM
XMB forum also known as eXtreme Message Board is a free and open source forum software written in PHP and uses MySQL database backend. XMB is a simple, lightweight, easy to use, Powerful and highly customizable. In this tutorial, we will learn how to install XMB forum on Ubuntu 16.04.

Simple Load Balancing with DNS on Linux

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 10:32:34 PM
When you have server back ends built of multiple servers, such as clustered or mirrored web or file servers, a load balancer provides a single point of entry

How to install pip on Debian 9

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 09:35:46 PM
We will show you, how to install pip on Debian 9. pip is a package management system which you can use to install and manage packages written in Python. Python is a programming language that allows you to perform web development, software development, system administration, scientific and numeric data analysis and much more. The Python Package Index (PyPI) hosts thousands of third-party modules for Python and you can install any of these modules using the pip package manager. Installing Pip on Debian is really an easy task, just follow the steps bellow carefully and you should have pip installed on a Debian 9 VPS in few minutes.

chkservice – A Tool For Managing Systemd Units From Linux Terminal

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 08:27:09 PM
2DayGeek: chkservice is an ncurses-based tool for managing systemd units from the terminal.

Raspberry Pi 3B+ Speeds Up Three Ways

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 07:18:31 PM
Although the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ may not be the huge breakthrough that we expect to see with next year’s Raspberry Pi 4, it’s certainly a welcome improvement that should help the platform continue to dominate.

Krita 4.0 Open-Source Digital Painting App Is One of the Biggest Releases Ever

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 06:09:54 PM
We've just been informed today by Krita Foundation's Scott Petrovic about the release and immediate availability of the Krita 4.0 open-source and cross-platform digital painting software for Linux, Windows, and Mac systems.

How to create a Bash completion script

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 05:01:17 PM
I recently worked on creating a Bash completion script for a project, and I enjoyed it very much. In this post, I will try to familiarize you with the process of creating a Bash completion script.What is Bash completion?Bash completion is a functionality through which Bash helps users type their commands more quickly and easily. It does this by presenting possible options when users press the Tab key while typing a more

Aggressive New Activities of Microsoft-Connected Patent Trolls: Finjan, Intellectual Ventures, and Dominion Harbor

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 03:52:40 PM
The extensive group of Microsoft-connected patent trolls is still very much active; Microsoft funds them, arms them, and gives them instructions while offering people 'protection' from them (if and only if they choose Azure)

Learn to install Eclipse on Linux (RHEL/CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu/Debian)

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 02:44:03 PM
Eclipse is well known Integrated Development Environment or in short an IDE, that is used for the programming. Though it is mainly used as JAVA IDE but it provides IDE (with the help of...

How to Switch to Xorg from Wayland in Ubuntu 17.10

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 11:46:08 AM
The default display server in Ubuntu 17.10 is Wayland instead of the usual Xorg. If you are still using apps that only run in X11, here’s how you can easily switch to Xorg from Wayland in Ubuntu 17.10

How To Install/Upgrade Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) In Oracle Linux

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 10:37:31 AM
Oracle Linux is the only recommended Linux distribution for Oracle applications, which provide the most secure, scalable, and reliable solution for your mission critical workloads; it provides the best performance and the latest features from Oracle and the mainline kernel community.

Seeking Fellows for a Better Internet: Apply

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 09:28:53 AM
More than ever, we need a movement to ensure the internet remains a force for good. We need people who stop the spread of misinformation, who put individuals in control of their data, and who keep artificial intelligence accountable. We need people who ensure smart cities and next-generation voice technology are diverse and equitable, and who conduct open research. Mozilla Fellows do just this. And today, we’re opening applications for our 2018-2019 cohort of Mozilla Fellows, with $1.2 million in support.

Protecting Code Integrity with PGP -- Part 6: Using PGP with Git

Thursday 22nd of March 2018 08:20:16 AM
In this tutorial series, we're providing practical guidelines for using PGP, including basic concepts and generating and protecting your keys. If you missed the previous articles, you can catch up below. In this article, we look at Git's integration with PGP, starting with signed tags, then introducing signed commits, and finally adding support for signed pushes.

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GitLab Web IDE

  • GitLab Web IDE Goes GA and Open-Source in GitLab 10.7
    GitLab Web IDE, aimed to simplify the workflow of accepting merge requests, is generally available in GitLab 10.7, along with other features aimed to improve C++ and Go code security and improve Kubernets integration. The GitLab Web IDE was initially released as a beta in GitLab 10.4 Ultimate with the goal of streamlining the workflow to contribute small fixes and to resolve merge requests without requiring the developer to stash their changes and switch to a new branch locally, then back. This could be of particular interest to developers who have a significant number of PRs to review, as well as to developers starting their journey with Git.
  • GitLab open sources its Web IDE
    GitLab has announced its Web IDE is now generally available and open sourced as part of the GitLab 10.7 release. The Web IDE was first introduced in GitLab Ultimate 10.4. It is designed to enable developers to change multiple files, preview Markdown, review changes and commit directly within a browser. “At GitLab, we want everyone to be able to contribute, whether you are working on your first commit and getting familiar with git, or an experienced developer reviewing a stack of changes. Setting up a local development environment, or needing to stash changes and switch branches locally, can add friction to the development process,” Joshua Lambert, senior product manager of monitoring and distribution at GitLab, wrote in a post.

Record Terminal Activity For Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Server

At times system administrators and developers need to use many, complex and lengthy commands in order to perform a critical task. Most of the users will copy those commands and output generated by those respective commands in a text file for review or future reference. Of course, “history” feature of the shell will help you in getting the list of commands used in the past but it won’t help in getting the output generated for those commands. Read

Linux Kernel Maintainer Statistics

As part of preparing my last two talks at LCA on the kernel community, “Burning Down the Castle” and “Maintainers Don’t Scale”, I have looked into how the Kernel’s maintainer structure can be measured. One very interesting approach is looking at the pull request flows, for example done in the LWN article “How 4.4’s patches got to the mainline”. Note that in the linux kernel process, pull requests are only used to submit development from entire subsystems, not individual contributions. What I’m trying to work out here isn’t so much the overall patch flow, but focusing on how maintainers work, and how that’s different in different subsystems. Read more

Security: Updates, Trustjacking, Breach Detection

  • Security updates for Monday
  • iOS Trustjacking – A Dangerous New iOS Vulnerability
    An iPhone user's worst nightmare is to have someone gain persistent control over his/her device, including the ability to record and control all activity without even needing to be in the same room. In this blog post, we present a new vulnerability called “Trustjacking”, which allows an attacker to do exactly that. This vulnerability exploits an iOS feature called iTunes Wi-Fi sync, which allows a user to manage their iOS device without physically connecting it to their computer. A single tap by the iOS device owner when the two are connected to the same network allows an attacker to gain permanent control over the device. In addition, we will walk through past related vulnerabilities and show the changes that Apple has made in order to mitigate them, and why these are not enough to prevent similar attacks.
  • What Is ‘Trustjacking’? How This New iOS Vulnerability Allows Remote Hacking?
    This new vulnerability called trustjacking exploits a convenient WiFi feature, which allows iOS device owners to manage their devices and access data, even when they are not in the same location anymore.
  • Breach detection with Linux filesystem forensics
    Forensic analysis of a Linux disk image is often part of incident response to determine if a breach has occurred. Linux forensics is a different and fascinating world compared to Microsoft Windows forensics. In this article, I will analyze a disk image from a potentially compromised Linux system in order to determine the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the incident and create event and filesystem timelines. Finally, I will extract artifacts of interest from the disk image. In this tutorial, we will use some new tools and some old tools in creative, new ways to perform a forensic analysis of a disk image.