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Top Ubuntu Mistakes: How to Avoid Ubuntu Problems

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 05:56:12 PM
Ubuntu and similar distros are widely considered to be as simple as it gets. With GUI installers, being FoSS friendly is easy. For the most part, 98% of the best user experience possible is found out of the box by default.

Book review: Ours to Hack and to Own

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 04:47:35 PM
It seems like the age of ownership is over, and I'm not just talking about the devices and software that many of us bring into our homes and our lives. I'm also talking about the platforms and services on which those devices and apps more

Non-Linux FOSS: Control Web-Based Music!

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 03:38:58 PM
I like Pandora. I like it because it doesn't require me to know anythingother than whether I like the current song. I'm sure other musicservices offer more features or a larger catalog, but Pandora issimple. So am I.

How to use Zarp for penetration testing

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 02:30:21 PM
Every network administrator knows that security is of the utmost importance. To that end, most admins understand that penetration testing is a necessity for the discovery of network issues. One very powerful pen testing tool is Zarp.

Developing open leaders

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 01:21:44 PM
At Red Hat, we have a saying: Not everyone needs to be a people manager, but everyone is expected to be a leader.For many people, that requires a profound mindset shift in how to think about leaders. Yet in some ways, it's what we all intuitively know about how organizations really work. As Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst has pointed out, in any organization, you have the thermometers—people who reflect the organizational "temperature" and sentiment and direction—and then you have the thermostats—people who set those things for the more

PacketFence v6.5 Released

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 12:13:06 PM
The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 6.5. This major release brings many new features and enhancements such as Twilio integration for SMS-based registration, EAP-PEAP caching for up to 300% performance improvements, firewall SSO support for WatchGuard, improved default portal look and feel, Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch and Ruckus SmartZone equipment support and much more!

Firefox 52 to Allow You to Send and Open Tabs From One Device to Another with Sync

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 11:04:29 AM
Many of us are already enjoying all the goodies implemented by Mozilla in the latest Firefox 51.0 update of the popular open-source web browser for Linux, Windows, and Mac, but the company is now working on the next major release.

A Look at What's Next for Ubuntu Linux in 2017

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 09:55:52 AM
[VIDEO] Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu discusses some of the areas of focus for his Linux distribution in 2017, including coming up with a name for Ubuntu 17.10 in October.

From hobbyist to professional, new analyst papers, and more OpenStack news

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 08:47:15 AM
Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

Ubuntu 17.04 Wallpaper Contest Begins, Submit Your Astonishing Artwork Right Now

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 07:38:38 AM
Ubuntu member Nathan Haines is informing Softpedia about a new installation of the Free Culture Showcase movement, this time for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system.

Linux Security Threats: Attack Sources and Types of Attacks

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 06:30:01 AM
In part 1 of this series, we discussed the seven different types of hackers who may compromise your Linux system. White hat and black hat hackers, script kiddies, hacktivists, nation states, organized crime, and bots are all angling for a piece of your system for their own nefarious/various reasons.

MongoDB ransom attacks continue to plague administrators

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 05:21:24 AM
Earlier this month, Salted Hash reported on a surge in attacks against publicly accessible MongoDB installations. Since January 3, the day of that first report, the number of victims has climbed from about 200 databases to more than 40,000. In addition to MongoDB, those responsible for the attacks have started targeting Elasticsearch and CouchDB.

IoTivity-Constrained: A Flexible Framework for Tiny Devices

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 04:12:47 AM
The future of IoT will be connected by tiny, resource-constrained edge devices, says Senior Software Engineer at the Intel Open Source Technology Center. And, the IoTivity-Constrained project is a small-footprint implementation of the Open Connectivity Foundation’s (OCF) standards that’s designed to run on just such devices.

Generate SSL Certificates With LetsEncrypt Debian Linux

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 03:04:09 AM
In case you haven't realized already, encryption is important. For the web, that means using SSL certificates to secure web traffic. Recently, Mozilla and Google have gone as far as to mark sites without SSL certificates as insecure in Firefox and Chrome. In order to bring the Web up to speed with encryption, the Linux Foundation along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and many others created LetsEncrypt.

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  • The Changes So Far For The Linux 4.11 Kernel
    We are now through week one of two for the Linux 4.11 kernel merge window. I've already written a number of news posts this past week covering features I find interesting for Linux 4.11. If you are short on time and behind in your Phoronix reading, here's a quick overview of the material so far for this next major kernel bump.
  • Container-friendly Alpine Linux may get Java port
    A proposal floated this week on an OpenJDK mailing list calls for porting the JDK (Java Development Kit), including the Java Runtime Environment, Java compiler and APIs, to both the distribution and the musl C standard library, which is supported by Alpine Linux. The key focus here is musl; Java has previously been ported to the standard glibc library, which you can install in Alpine, but the standard Alpine release switched two years ago to musl because it’s much faster and more compact.
  • Linux From Scratch 8.0 Released, Brings New Changes And Features

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Jolla inks exclusive license to kick-start its Android alternative in China

Mobile OS maker Jolla, whose Sailfish platform remains one of the few smartphone alternatives in play these days, has signed an exclusive license to a Chinese consortium to develop a Sailfish-based OS for the country. Jolla says the Chinese consortium will be aiming to invest $250M in developing a Sailfish ecosystem for the country, though it’s not specifying exactly is backing the consortia at this point, nor over what timeframe the investment will happen — beyond saying one of its early investors, a local private equity investor Shan Li, will take a “leading role” in building it up. “There are very big players behind it,” Jolla chairman Antti Saarnio tells TechCrunch, speaking ahead of a press conference held to announce the news here at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona. Read more

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