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Exploring the security challenges in Linux-based IoT devices

Friday 5th of August 2016 01:01:02 AM
In a talk at the Embedded Linux Conference, Mike Anderson, CTO of The PTR Group, explored the unique security challenges that face Linux-based IoT devices.

Managing Encrypted Backups in Linux: Part 1

Thursday 4th of August 2016 11:46:42 PM
Encrypted backups are great, but what if something goes wrong and you can't read your encrypted files? In this two-part series, I’ll show how to use rsync and duplicity as your belt-and-suspenders protection against data loss. Part 1 shows how to create and automate simple backups. In part 2, I'll go into more details on file selection and backing up encryption keys.

Which Linux Distribution Would You Recommend To The Everyday User

Thursday 4th of August 2016 10:32:22 PM
I recently wrote a list article highlighting the distributions I recommend for the everyday user. Within minutes of it being released I was asked why I didn't include debian, opensuse and many others. So I have opened up the floor to you guys. Which distributions would you recommend?

Dumping Windows Overboard Because Linux Does It All

Thursday 4th of August 2016 09:18:02 PM
In this week's installment, our resident GNU/Linux newbie decides to go all in and take the training wheels off his Linux laptop.

Open Source OVN to Offer Solid Virtual Networking For OpenStack

Thursday 4th of August 2016 08:03:41 PM
Open Virtual Networking (OVN) is a new open source project that brings virtual networking to the Open vSwitch user community and aims to develop a single, standard, vendor-neutral protocol for the virtualization of network switching functions. In their upcoming talk at LinuxCon North America in Toronto this month, Kyle Mestery of IBM and Justin Pettit of VMware will cover the current status of the OVN project, including the first software release planned for this fall.

How to install WebDAV with Lighttpd on Debian 8 (Jessie)

Thursday 4th of August 2016 06:49:21 PM
This guide explains how to set up WebDAV with Lighttpd on a Debian 8 (Jessie) server. WebDAV stands for Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning and is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol that allows users to directly edit files on theLighttpdd server so that they do not need to be downloaded/uploaded via FTP. Of course, WebDAV can also be used to upload and download files.

Which open source job skill is most in demand?

Thursday 4th of August 2016 05:35:01 PM
It's no secret that open source skills are in hot demand. Whether you're a developer writing the code that will run tomorrow's websites or next hot application, or a system administrator who is helping keep a company's IT infrastructure up and running, chances are you work with open source software along the way.read more

Tor Project 0.2.8.6 Improves Client Bootstrapping Performance, Linux Security

Thursday 4th of August 2016 04:20:41 PM
The Tor Project is proud to announce the general availability of a new stable branch of the widely-used Tor software for anonymity online. The Tor 0.2.8 series is currently the most advanced one.

How to keep a meritocracy in check

Thursday 4th of August 2016 03:06:21 PM
Of all the concepts we associate with open organizations today, meritocracy might be the most complicated, complex, and controversial.I remember vividly a conversation that illustrated this for me. Speaking with someone at a banking conference, I suggested that, in organizations wishing to foster cultures of innovation, the best ideas should always win—and that people with the longest history of concrete, successful contributions to an organization should be the ones to decide which ideas are indeed "best."That didn't suit my discussion partner.read more

When Slashdot Was the Hub for FOSS News and Discussion

Thursday 4th of August 2016 01:52:01 PM
The original Slashdot crew was declared redundant in early 2016 by the site’s latest owner, Slashdot Media. Timothy Lord was the last of the early Slashdot editors to be let go, and has posted more stories on Slashdot than anyone else, ever, so we turned to him to learn how and why Slashdot helped the FOSS movement grow and eventually infiltrate mainstream IT.

A New Project for Linux at 25

Thursday 4th of August 2016 12:37:41 PM
John McPhee says his books on geology could all be compressed to a single statement:the summit of Mt. Everest is marine limestone. We can do the same for Linux with thisone: microsoft.com is hosted on Linux.

Canonical Plans to Unify and Clean Up Networking Configuration in Ubuntu Linux

Thursday 4th of August 2016 11:23:21 AM
Canonical, though Martin Pitt, the systemd maintainer for the Ubuntu Linux operating system, announced recently plans to unify and clean up the networking configuration in Ubuntu via a new project called "netplan."

7 Essential Open Source DevOps Projects

Thursday 4th of August 2016 10:09:01 AM
As more and more enterprises adopt a “cloud-like” infrastructure, a shift in work culture and practices -- known as DevOps -- is also occurring. According to Puppet’s 2016 State of DevOps report, the number of people working in DevOps teams has increased from 16 percent in 2014 to 22 percent in 2016.

GParted Live 0.26.1-5 Fixes VirtualBox BIOS Boot Issues, FAT32 Partition Support

Thursday 4th of August 2016 08:54:40 AM
Curtis Gedak and the GParted team have announced the release and general availability for download of the GParted Live 0.26.1-5 stable Live system for OS-independent disk partitioning operations.

Free IoT development and management platform adds Arduino

Thursday 4th of August 2016 07:40:20 AM
myDevices announced Arduino support for its web- and mobile-based, Raspberry Pi compatible “Cayenne” drag-and-drop IoT development and management platform. Cayenne, with which developers, designers, and engineers can “quickly prototype and share their connected device projects,” has expanded support beyond the Raspberry Pi to Arduino boards, says myDevices.

Encrypted File Sharing Service Tresorit Offers Linux Desktop Client, But…

Thursday 4th of August 2016 06:26:00 AM
At first glance, Tresorit's end-to-end file sharing service looks like it might be able to overcome its proprietary nature and win favor with some Linux users. Unfortunately, the service comes with another issue that might be an insurmountable deal breaker for some.

Ubuntu Snappy Core Now Officially Available for uCRobotics’ Bubblegum-96 Board

Thursday 4th of August 2016 05:11:39 AM
Canonical, through April Wang, is pleased to announce that the Snappy Ubuntu Core operating system for embedded and IoT devices is now officially available for the Bubblegum-96 single-board computer.

Create a MySQL Database and User through cPanel

Thursday 4th of August 2016 03:57:19 AM
There are different ways to create a MySQL database and user. In one of our previous blog articles about MySQL database administration, we described how to create a new MySQL database and user through the command line which is pretty easy.

Open Source Power Availability Tool

Thursday 4th of August 2016 02:42:59 AM
Search for Linux open source packages that run on IBM Power Systems.

NetworkManager 1.2.4 Adds Reverse DNS Entries for IPv6 to Dnsmasq, More Tweaks

Thursday 4th of August 2016 01:28:39 AM
The popular and widely-used NetworkManager open-source network connection management software for GNU/Linux operating systems has been updated today to version 1.2.4.

More in Tux Machines

Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

Coding curmudgeon Linus Torvalds has gone off on yet another rant: this time against his own lawyers and free software activist Bradley Kuhn. On a mailing list about an upcoming Linux conference, a discussion about whether to include a session on the GPL that protects the open source operating system quickly devolved in an angry rant as its founder piled in. Read more

The Battle of The Budgie Desktops – Budgie-Remix vs SolusOS!

Ladies and gentleman, it’s the moment you have all been waiting for… the main even of the evening! In this corner, wearing Budgie trunks, fighting out of Ireland, created by Ikey Doherty, the man behind Linux Mint Debian Edition — SolusOS! And in this corner, built on the defending champion, also wearing Budgie trunks, aiming to be the next flavor of Ubuntu, Budgie-Remix! Read more

Leftovers: Software

  • 5 Cool Unikernels Projects
    Unikernels are poised to become the next big thing in microservices after Docker containers. Here’s a look at some of the cool things you can do with unikernels. First, though, here’s a quick primer on what unikernels are, for the uninitiated. Unikernels are similar to containers in that they let you run an app inside a portable, software-defined environment. But they go a step further than containers by packaging all of the libraries required to run the app directly into the unikernel.
  • Cedrus Is Making Progress On Open-Source Allwinner Video Encode/Decode
    The developers within the Sunxi camp working on better Allwinner SoC support under Linux have been reverse-engineering Allwinner's "Cedar" video engine. Their project is being called Cedrus with a goal of "100% libre and open-source" video decode/encode for the relevant Cedar hardware. The developers have been making progress and yesterday they published their initial patches that add a V4L2 decoder driver for the VPU found on Allwinner's A13 SoC.
  • Phoronix Test Suite 6.6 Milestone 3 Released For Linux Benchmarking
  • Calibre 2.65.1 eBook Viewer Adds Driver for Kobo Aura One and Aura 2 Readers
    Kovid Goyal released today, August 26, 2016, a new maintenance update of his popular, cross-platform, and open-source Calibre e-book viewer, converter and library management tool. Calibre 2.65 was announced earlier, and it looks like it's both a feature and bugfix release that adds drivers for the Kobo Aura One and Kobo Aura Edition 2 ebook readers, along with a new option to the Kobo driver to allow users to ignore certain collections on their ebook reader. The list of new features continues with support for right-to-left text and tables to the DOCX Input feature, as well as the implementation of a new option to allow users to make searching case-sensitive. This option can be found and enabled in the "Searching" configuration section under Preferences.
  • Calamares 2.4 Universal Installer Framework Polishes Existing Functionality
    A new stable version of the Calamares universal installer framework used by various GNU/Linux distributions as default graphical installer has been released with various improvements and bug fixes. Calamares 2.4 is now the latest build, coming two months after the release of the previous version, Calamares 2.3, which introduced full-disk encryption support. However, Calamares 2.4 is not as big as the previous update as it only polished existing functionality and address various annoying issues reported by users.
  • RcppArmadillo 0.7.400.2.0
    Another Armadillo 7.* release -- now at 7.400. We skipped the 7.300.* serie release as it came too soon after our most recent CRAN release. Releasing RcppArmadillo 0.7.400.2.0 now keeps us at the (roughly monthly) cadence which works as a good compromise between getting updates out at Conrad's sometimes frantic pace, while keeping CRAN (and Debian) uploads to about once per month. So we may continue the pattern of helping Conrad with thorough regression tests by building against all (by now 253 (!!)) CRAN dependencies, but keeping release at the GitHub repo and only uploading to CRAN at most once a month.
  • Spotio Is A Light Skin for Spotify’s Desktop App — And Its Coming To Linux
    Spotify’s dark design is very much of its identity. No-matter the platform you use it on, the dark theme is there staring back at you. Until now. A bunch of ace websites, blogs and people I follow have spent the past 24 hours waxing lyrical over a new Spotify skin called Spotio.