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Linux's Latest Security Vulnerability: Hype vs. Reality

Monday 25th of January 2016 07:06:37 PM
The most recent major security vulnerability in the Linux kernel's open source code has triggered more panic than it merits.

Saying Linux Is Fragmented Is Wrong, This Is Why

Monday 25th of January 2016 06:09:26 PM
One of the things that some people say about the Linux platform is that it's fragmented, just like Android. The truth is that fragmentation doesn't really apply to the Linux platform, and the fact that there are too many distros to count is actually a good thing.

Facebook begins mass censorship in Europe

Monday 25th of January 2016 05:12:15 PM
Back in 2014 I wrote a post that explained why you should close your Facebook account. And now there’s yet another reason why you should immediately delete your facebook account permanently. Facebook is deleting posts in Europe that it considers “racist” or “xenophobic.”

GnuPG: a Fedora primer

Monday 25th of January 2016 04:09:26 PM
GPG: General Concepts GPG, or GnuPG, refers to the Gnu Privacy Guard utility. GPG is a freely available implementation of the OpenPGP standard that was released by Werner Koch in 1999. The security and privacy of data and individuals is an important topic... Continue Reading →

Which is More Important: Distro, Desktop…or Something Else?

Monday 25th of January 2016 03:12:15 PM
It’s not the distro that’s important to most users, they said, because most users don’t interact with the distro itself as they work and play on their Linux machines. Instead, the average user’s direct interaction with a computer is primarily through the desktop environment, whether that be KDE, GNOME, Unity or something they rolled on their own on a Friday night instead of having a boys’ or girls’ night out.

Using Git in the classroom

Monday 25th of January 2016 02:15:04 PM
In my advanced programming classes I've discovered that middle school students are capable of far more complex operations than we often suspect. In many cases, they're wholly capable of using industry-standard tools to produce remarkable more

MPlayer 1.2.1 Open Source Video Player Released with Support for FFmpeg 2.8.5

Monday 25th of January 2016 01:17:53 PM
It's been a while since we last heard something from the developers of the most prominent open-source video player software in the GNU/Linux ecosystem, MPlayer, which today reached version 1.2.1.

Why did Linux Foundation cut independent board seats?

Monday 25th of January 2016 11:23:31 AM
One of the most powerful organizations in the open-source world faces questions over why it quietly did away with two seats on its board designated for non-corporate members. As of Jan. 15, the Linux Foundation’s bylaws were changed to remove a provision that allowed for the election of two board members by the group’s individual affiliates. The entirety of the board’s membership is now selected by the Linux Foundation’s corporate members.

GNOME's Gedit App to Be Known as "Text Editor" Among GNU/Linux Distributions

Monday 25th of January 2016 09:29:09 AM
The GNOME developers have just released the fourth milestone towards the upcoming GNOME 3.20 desktop environment, which means that many of the apps received improvements and new features.

Install Squid proxy server on Ubuntu 14.04

Monday 25th of January 2016 07:34:47 AM
Squid is a web proxy and cache server which primarily provides proxy and cache services for the HTTP protocol.

Linus Torvalds Releases Linux Kernel 4.5 RC1 with a Little Something for Anybody

Monday 25th of January 2016 05:40:25 AM
Just a few minutes ago, Linus Torvalds announced the release and immediate availability for download of the first RC (Release Candidate) build of the upcoming Linux 4.5 kernel series.

Debian 8.3 (Jessie) Officially Released

Monday 25th of January 2016 03:46:03 AM
Debian 8 (Jessie) has just gotten a new update, and developers have added a number of fixes and other adjustments for some serious issues.

Create And Edit Fonts In Linux With BirdFont

Monday 25th of January 2016 01:51:41 AM
BirdFont is an open source and cross platform Font creator and editor. BirdFont has both free and paid versions. If you design fonts then you should give BirdFont a try. It's easy to install and use in Linux distributions.

Take Our Quiz: Check Your Knowledge on Linux Distros

Sunday 24th of January 2016 11:57:19 PM
Are you a distro hopper? Are you one of those people who knows what day of the week it is because of which distro you’re using? If so, this quiz for you. But even if you’re one of those people who finds a distro you like and sticks with it until it becomes as comfortable as a well worn shoe, you’ve probably done your homework, and that’s why you were able to find the distro that was a perfect fit for you. In other words, you’ll probably do well on our quiz too — because it just might be a tortoise and hare sort of thing.

Adding new Compute Node to RDO Liberty Cluster && Getting EXCLUDE_SERVERS to work

Sunday 24th of January 2016 10:02:57 PM
This post briefly describes how to rebuild currently used openstack-packstack packages on CentOS 7.2 (RDO Liberty) and put in work patch proposed by bugzilla record"Bug 1254389 - Can no longer run packstack to maintain cluster" right away, i.e. avoiding waiting official procedure of pushing new openstack-packstack packages to stable repos.

Jaguar Board is an x86 based Single Board Computer

Sunday 24th of January 2016 08:08:35 PM
If you want a single board computer, at the moment you would be looking at something like a Raspberry Pi or its many competitors. Problem with these is they are all ARM based, but now JaguarBoard is changing the trend by ditching arm for x86.

SCALE 14X Saturday in Pictures

Sunday 24th of January 2016 06:14:13 PM
Is world peace next? GNOME and KDE are neighbors at SCALE 14X, and for all intents and purposes that was by design. Thank, or blame, SoCal SUSE, which arranged for the two desktop rivals — both available on openSUSE and other major distros — to share a large booth at SCALE 14X.

Configuring a Basic OpenLDAP Passthrough

Sunday 24th of January 2016 04:19:51 PM
Ever wanted/needed to setup an OpenLDAP Server that can passthrough the password portion of authentication to a Windows DC LDAP Server? Well recently I happened to set something up to do just that so we could accomplish a single sign on solution for our Linux/BSD/Unix systems and AD systems. What was most interesting is the group I work in only supports and maintains Linux/BSD/Unix systems. We actually did not need to directly access a single DC we only needed a service account.

POSSCON Cancelled Until 2017

Sunday 24th of January 2016 02:25:29 PM
This is the second time in three years that IT-oLogy’s longest running conference has been cancelled. In 2014 the event was cancelled, evidently due to logistical problems as IT-oLogy was in the process of launching the first Great Wide Open conference in Atlanta. Last year there was no Atlanta event, and POSSCON was successfully rebooted in Columbia, attracting around 850 atendees.

Oracle blurts Google's Android secrets in court: You made $22bn using our Java tech, punk

Sunday 24th of January 2016 12:31:07 PM
So hand it overAn Oracle lawyer has blurted out in court how much money Google has made from Android – figures that the web giant has fiercely fought to keep secret.…

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