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Apache Access Vulnerability Could Affect Thousands of Applications

2 hours 11 min ago
Vulnerabilities in Apache functions have been at the root of significant breaches, including the one suffered by Equifax. Now new research indicates that another such vulnerability may be putting thousands of applications at risk.

Weekend Reading: Tor and Tails

4 hours 5 min ago
Tails is a live media Linux distro designed to boot into a highly secure desktop environment. Tor is a browser that prevents somebody watching your internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. Learn why anonymity matters and how you can protect yourself with this Linux Journal Weekend Reading.

Odroid-H2 is world's first Gemini Lake hacker board

6 hours 1 sec ago
Hardkernel unveiled the Odroid-H2, the first hacker board with an Intel Gemini Lake SoC. The Ubuntu 18.10 driven SBC ships with 2x SATA 3.0, 2x GbE, HDMI and DP, 4x USB, and an M.2 slot for NVMe. When the Odroid-H2 goes on sale in November at a price that will be “higher than $100,” Hardkernel...

KaOS Linux Gets the KDE Plasma 5.14 Treatment, October Release Is Out Now

7 hours 54 min ago
The development team behind the KaOS Linux distribution announced the availability of the October 2018 snapshot with the latest version of the KDE Plasma desktop environment and numerous other updated components.

How to Set Up a Printer in Linux

Sunday 21st of October 2018 05:51:37 AM
Setting up a printer in Linux is not as difficult as you think. Most printer models are already supported by default. Learn how to set up a printer on your Linux desktop.

How To Set Up a Firewall with UFW on Debian 9

Sunday 21st of October 2018 03:57:15 AM
UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall) is a user-friendly front-end for managing iptables firewall rules and its main goal is to make managing iptables easier or as the name says uncomplicated. In this tutorial we will show you how to setup a firewall with UFW on Debian 9.

How to Install Odoo 12 on Ubuntu 16.04

Sunday 21st of October 2018 02:02:53 AM
In this article, we will show you how to install Odoo 12 on Ubuntu 16.04. Odoo (formerly OpenERP) is a suite of open source business apps that cover all your company needs: CRM, eCommerce, accounting, inventory, ERP, a point of sale, project management, and many more. Odoo comes in two editions, an open-source Community Edition, and Enterprise edition, the licensed one. In our case, we will install and use the Community edition of Odoo.

How to Install VsFTPD Server with TLS on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Sunday 21st of October 2018 12:08:31 AM
This tutorial is about installing and configuring the well known and secure VsFTPD (Very Secure File Transfer Protocol Daemon) server on your Ubuntu system.

Lubuntu 18.10 Is Out, First Release to Ship with the LXQt Desktop by Default

Saturday 20th of October 2018 10:14:09 PM
Lubuntu developer Simon Quigley inform Softpedia today about the general availability of the Lubuntu 18.10 operating system, the first to ship with the LXQt desktop environment by default, as part of Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish).

ethtool Commands and Examples

Saturday 20th of October 2018 08:19:47 PM
ethtool is a networking utility on Linux. It is used to configure Ethernet devices on Linux. ethtool can also be used to find a lot of information about connected Ethernet devices on your Linux computer. In this article, I will show you how to use ethtool command on Linux. I will be using Debian 9 Stretch for the demonstration.

Canonical Eyes FinTech With Ubuntu Server 18.10

Saturday 20th of October 2018 06:25:25 PM
Canonical says that the latest version of its Ubuntu Server Linux operating system incorporates input from the financial services industry.

Canonical: Snaps Are Used Worldwide, over 3M Installs Monthly and 100K Daily

Saturday 20th of October 2018 02:36:41 PM
To celebrate the release of the Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) operating system, Canonical published a new infographic to show us how well its Snap universal package format is doing lately.

Hacker friendly LapPi laptop kit runs on Raspberry Pi 3B+

Saturday 20th of October 2018 12:42:19 PM
SB Components is Kickstartering a Raspberry Pi based “LapPi” laptop kit with 7- or 5-inch screens, keyboard, camera, speakers, and 3800mAh battery, starting at $220 with an RPi 3B+ or $178 without. SB Components has successfully funded its DIY LapPi kit on Kickstarter, and packages are available through Nov. 10 with December delivery.

What is your favorite Linux screen capture tool?

Saturday 20th of October 2018 10:53:55 AM
The ability to take screenshots in Linux is something that I find really useful when composing how-tos and training materials for students or readers. But there are many different ways to do this.read more

Doing Date Math on the Command Line - Part II

Saturday 20th of October 2018 08:59:33 AM
by Mitch Frazier In part II of this series of articles on doing date math fromthe command line we want to try to solve a problemwe noted in part I: passing the date commanda date specification something like "the first Monday after some date". Go to Full Article

Is New Ubuntu 18.10 Worth Installing?

Saturday 20th of October 2018 07:05:11 AM
The new Ubuntu release "Cosmic Cuttlefish" has hit the OS market after 6 months of development. I've been using it since it came out and now here is what I have to say about it. In this article, I'll talk about the new things it brings in and also if it's the release worth upgrading to. So let's go.

Doing your civic duty one line of code at a time

Saturday 20th of October 2018 05:10:49 AM
When it comes to doing our civic duty in today's technologically driven world, there is a perception that we don't care like older generations did. History teaches us that in the early 20th century's New Deal, Americans stepped up to the nation's challenges on a wide range of government-financed public works projects. Airport construction. Infrastructure improvements. Building dams, bridges, hospitals. This was more than just individuals "pulling themselves up by their bootstraps" but, by design, performing incredible civic duties. Quite an amazing feat when you think about it.read more

How To Encrypt An USB Drive With VeraCrypt (Compatible With Windows, macOS and Linux)

Saturday 20th of October 2018 03:16:27 AM
VeraCrypt is a free and open source disk encryption utility that can create a virtual encrypted disk within a file or encrypt a partition.This article explains how to encrypt an USB drive with VeraCrypt with step-by-step screenshots.

Linux tr Command Tutorial for Beginners (with Examples)

Saturday 20th of October 2018 01:22:05 AM
Depending on the kind of work you do on the command line in Linux, you may want a utility that can act as a Swiss army knife for quick text editing. Gladly, there exists a tool dubbed tr, which qualifies for this role.

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OSS Leftovers

  • cairo release 1.16.0 now available
    After four years of development since 1.14.0, version 1.16.0 of the cairo 2D graphics library has been released.
  • Cairo 1.16 Released With OpenGL ES 3.0 Support, Colored Emojis
    It's been four years since the debut of the Cairo 1.14 stable series and today that has been succeeded by Cairo 1.16. Cairo, as a reminder, is the vector graphics library for 2D drawing and supports back-ends ranging from OpenGL to PDF, PostScript, DirectFB, and SVG outputs. Cairo is used by the likes of the GTK+ tool-kit, Mozilla's Gecko engine, Gnuplot, Poppler, and many other open-source projects.
  • Open source MDM offers flexibility, with challenges
    Open source platforms may require more effort from IT than commercial products do, but they can also address an organization's specific requirements -- if the company is willing to invest in the necessary resources. The open source mobile device management (MDM) market is very limited, but there are a few options. If organizations determine that an open source platform is worth the effort, then they can weigh a few different options for open source MDM tools.
  • Three-Year Moziversary
    Another year at Mozilla. They certainly don’t slow down the more you have of them. For once a year of stability, organization-wise. The two biggest team changes were the addition of Jan-Erik back on March 1, and the loss of our traditional team name “Browser Measurement II” for a more punchy and descriptive “Firefox Telemetry Team.”
  • Citus Data donates 1% equity to non-profit PostgreSQL orgs
    There’s open source and there’s open source. There’s genuine free and open source software (FOSS) and then there’s largely locked down proprietary non-dynamic library open source that is generally supplied as a commercially supported version of an open source kernel base that doesn’t see whole lot of real world code commits — and, no, there’s no acronym for that. Then, there’s other ways of evidencing real open openness such as non-technical contributions (could be language translation/localisation etc.) and then there’s plain old contributions. Scale-out Postgres database technologies ​​​​Citus Data is donating 1 percent of its equity to non-profit PostgreSQL organisations in the US and Europe.
  • Pagely NorthStack Makes WordPress Serverless
    WordPress is getting the serverless treatment, thanks to a new effort from managed WordPress hosting provider Pagely. The new NorthStack platform disaggregates the usual stack that WordPress requires into a series of services that largely run on serverless infrastructure at Amazon Web Services (AWS). The NorthStack effort is an attempt to lower the fixed costs and infrastructure needed to deploy and run WordPress. "WordPress itself is based on 12-year-old code. It does not want to be in a serverless environment," Joshua Strebel, CEO of Pagely, told eWEEK. "WordPress wants to live on one AWS EC2 node up next to its database with everything all contained in it."
  • Why Open Source Healthcare is Vital for Innovation
    Dana Lewis’ story is far from being a rarity. The diabetes industry is one of the worst offenders for overcharging or price gouging medication and equipment for patients. This is leading many individuals to take the same path as Dana Lewis. Open source platforms like OpenAPS, GitHub pages, and social media offer DIYers step-by-step instructions on how to build their own artificial pancreas tools. Kate Farnsworth built a DIY monitor device that keeps blood sugar levels of her diabetic daughter in constant check This tool, that has dramatically improved the life of a 15-year-old Sydney, cost her mom just $250.
  • The EU has approved Microsoft’s $7.5 billion GitHub acquisition
     

    Microsoft’s upcoming $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub has cleared another major hurdle: the EU has approved the deal after determining that there are no antitrust concerns in Microsoft buying the popular open-source software repository, via the Financial Times.  

  • EU watchdog waves through Microsoft's GitHub takeover
     

    The EC noted that, in making its decision, it probed whether Microsoft would leverage the popularity of GitHut to boost sales of its own DevOps tools and cloud services, and looked into whether Microsoft would have the ability and incentive to further integrate its own DevOps tools and cloud services with GitHub while limiting integration with third parties' DevOps tools and cloud services.

  • Microsoft’s $7.5BN GitHub buy gets green-lit by EU regulators
     

    The Commission decided Microsoft would have no incentive to undermine the GitHub’s openness — saying any attempt to do so would reduce its value for developers, who the Commission judged as willing and able to switch to other platforms.

  • EU clears Microsoft acquisition of GitHub
  • Doing your civic duty one line of code at a time
    When it comes to doing our civic duty in today's technologically driven world, there is a perception that we don't care like older generations did. History teaches us that in the early 20th century's New Deal, Americans stepped up to the nation's challenges on a wide range of government-financed public works projects. Airport construction. Infrastructure improvements. Building dams, bridges, hospitals. This was more than just individuals "pulling themselves up by their bootstraps" but, by design, performing incredible civic duties. Quite an amazing feat when you think about it.

Security: U.S. CMS Breach and New Security Woes for Popular 'IoT' Protocols

  • U.S. CMS says 75,000 individuals' files accessed in data breach
  • CMS Responding to Suspicious Activity in Agent and Broker Exchanges Portal

    At this time, we believe that approximately 75,000 individuals’ files were accessed. While this is a small fraction of consumer records present on the FFE, any breach of our system is unacceptable.

  • New Security Woes for Popular IoT Protocols
    Researchers at Black Hat Europe will detail denial-of-service and other flaws in MQTT, CoAP machine-to-machine communications protocols that imperil industrial and other IoT networks online. Security researcher Federico Maggi had been collecting data – some of it sensitive in nature – from hundreds of thousands of Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) servers he found sitting wide open on the public Internet via Shodan. "I would probe them and listen for 10 seconds or so, and just collect data from them," he says. He found data on sensors and other devices sitting in manufacturing and automotive networks, for instance, as well as typical consumer Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets. The majority of data, Maggi says, came from consumer devices and sensors or was data he couldn’t identify. "There was a good amount of data from factories, and I was able to find data coming from pretty expensive industrial machines, including a robot," he says.

BSD: FreeBSD 12.0 Beta and Upgrading OpenBSD with Ansible

Graphics: XRGEARS and Arcan's Latest

  • XRGEARS: Infamous "Gears" Now On VR Headsets With OpenHMD, Vulkan
    Well, the virtual reality (VR) demo scene is now complete with having glxgears-inspired gears and Utah teapot rendering on VR head mounted displays with the new XRGEARS. Kidding aside about the gears and teapot, XRGEARS is a nifty new open-source project with real value by Collabora developer Lubosz Sarnecki. XRGEARS is a standalone VR demo application built using the OpenHMD initiative for tracking and Vulkan for rendering. XRGEARS supports both Wayland and X11 environments or even running off KMS itself. This code also makes use of VK_EXT_direct_mode_display with DRM leasing.
  • Arcan versus Xorg – Approaching Feature Parity
    This is the first article out of three in a series where I will go through what I consider to be the relevant Xorg feature set, and compare it, point by point, to how the corresponding solution or category works in Arcan. This article will solely focus on the Display Server set of features and how they relate to Xorg features, The second article will cover the features that are currently missing (e.g. network transparency) when they have been accounted for. The third article will cover the features that are already present in Arcan (and there are quite a few of those) but does not exist in Xorg.
  • Arcan Display Server Is Nearing Feature Parity With The X.Org Server
    The Arcan display server, which started off years ago sounding like a novelty with being a display server built off a game engine in part and other interesting features, is nearing feature parity with the X.Org Server. While most hobbyist display server projects have failed, Arcan has continued advancing and with an interesting feature set. Recently they have even been working on a virtual reality desktop and an interesting desktop in general. Arcan is getting close to being able to offering the same functionality as a traditional X.Org Server. If you are interested in a lengthy technical read about the differences between Arcan and X.Org, the Arcan developers themselves did some comparing and contrasting when it comes to the display support, windowing, input, font management, synchronization, and other areas.