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KDE Applications 16.08 Software Suite Is In Beta, Final Release Coming August 18

51 min 28 sec ago
Now that the third and last maintenance update of the KDE Applications 16.04 software suite has been released, it's time for us to take the Beta build of the next major KDE Applications release for a test drive.

US standards lab says SMS is no good for authentication

2 hours 45 min ago
America's National Institute for Standards and Technology has advised abandonment of SMS-based two-factor authentication. That's the gist of the latest draft of its Digital Authentication Guideline, here. Down in section 5.1.3.2, the document says out-of-band verification using SMS is deprecated and won't appear in future releases of NIST's guidance.

Lennart Poettering Announces systemd 231 Init System for GNU/Linux Distributions

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 06:42:17 AM
systemd creator Lennart Poettering proudly announced the release and general availability of the systemd 231 init system for major GNU/Linux operating systems.

Malicious computers caught snooping on Tor-anonymized Dark Web sites

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 04:47:55 AM
The trust of the Tor anonymity network is in many cases only as strong as the individual volunteers whose computers form its building blocks. On Friday, researchers said they found at least 110 such machines actively snooping on Dark Web sites that use Tor to mask their operators' identities.

TripleO QuickStart vs Attempt of official Mitaka TripleO HA install via instack-virt-setup

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 02:53:33 AM
A final target of this post is to compare undercloud configuration been built by QuickStart and undercloud configuration been built per official documentation for Mitaka stable...

Linux kernel 4.7 released

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 01:56:22 AM
Also in today's open source roundup: DistroWatch reviews Slackware 14.2, and Prisma has been released for Android.

$20 is a tiny Arduino Zero clone

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 12:59:11 AM
Rabid Prototypes is crowdfunding a $20 “Neutrino 2.0” version of its earlier, tiny Arduino Zero clone. Rev 2.0 adds RX/TX pins and several other tweaks. Like last year’s Neutrino clone of the Arduino Zero, Rabid Prototypes chose Kickstarter to launch Neutrino 2.0.

Susan Chen, Promoted to Vice President of Business Development

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 12:02:00 AM
I’m excited to announce that Susan Chen has been appointed Vice President of Business Development at Mozilla, a new role we are creating to recognize her achievements. Susan joined Mozilla in 2011 as Head of Strategic Development.

ArchStrike Ethical Hacking Linux Operating System Gets Its First ISO Builds

Monday 25th of July 2016 11:04:49 PM
The ArchStrike developers have announced today that their Arch Linux-based operating system designed for ethical hackers now has official installation mediums as ISO images.

Compact, fanless, Cortex-A5 embedded computer runs on 3W

Monday 25th of July 2016 10:07:38 PM
Artila’s “Matrix-700” control computer runs Linux on a Cortex-A5 SoC, and offers 8GB eMMC, plus three USB, four RS-232/485, GbE, and Fast Ethernet ports. The Matrix-700 is the first Cortex-A5 based model in Artila’s family of traditionally ARM9-driven Matrix industrial computers. The device is designed for non-stop operation in remote locations, such as device networking […]

OpenStack Pico and Questa set to Debut in 2017 and 2018

Monday 25th of July 2016 09:10:27 PM
Members of the OpenStack Foundation have been voting on upcoming release names and the results are now in

Configuring a single Ubuntu installation as a dual-boot option and a VirtualBox appliance under Windows 10

Monday 25th of July 2016 08:13:16 PM
I often need to use Windows 10 and Ubuntu on the same machine within a single login session, so I run Ubuntu as a virtual machine in Oracle VirtualBox. But I also like to be able to boot my computer natively into Ubuntu, so a dual-boot configuration is optimal. To get the best of both worlds, I install Ubuntu in a dual-boot configuration alongside Windows, and configure VirtualBox to access the Ubuntu disk partitions as a raw disk image. This allows me to boot directly into Ubuntu, or boot the same Ubuntu installation from within Windows using VirtualBox.

Howdy, Ubuntu on Windows! Getting Started

Monday 25th of July 2016 07:16:05 PM
So, a few months have passed, and you’ve realized that, wow, you’re not dreaming, and it wasn’t an April Fool’s Joke, but in fact that Ubuntu-on-Windows thing is real! You’re thinking, surely some of the early kinks have been worked out, and it’s ready for a test drive… And you would be correct on both counts!

Finding security issues, regional events, and more OpenStack news

Monday 25th of July 2016 06:18:54 PM
Are you interested in keeping track of what is happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for news in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.OpenStack around the webThere is a lot of interesting stuff being written about OpenStack. Here's a sampling from some of our favorites:read more

News: Linux 4.7 Debuts with Improved Security

Monday 25th of July 2016 05:21:43 PM
Fourth major Linux kernel of 2016 is now out.

Fluxday: A no-fuss open source productivity tracker

Monday 25th of July 2016 04:24:32 PM
There are only so many hours in the day, so making the most of your time is critical. There are two ways to increase your output: Put in more hours or work smarter. I don't know about you, but I prefer the latter.read more

Snowden Designs a Device to Warn if Your iPhone’s Radios Are Snitching

Monday 25th of July 2016 03:27:21 PM
The aim of that add-on, Huang and Snowden say, is to offer a constant check on whether your phone’s radios are transmitting. They say it’s an infinitely more trustworthy method of knowing your phone’s radios are off than “airplane mode,” which people have shown can be hacked and spoofed.

5 reasons system administrators should use revision control

Monday 25th of July 2016 02:30:10 PM
Whether you're still using Subversion (SVN), or have moved to a distributed system like Git, revision control has found its place in modern operations infrastructures. If you listen to talks at conferences and see what new companies are doing, it can be easy to assume that everyone is now using revision control, and using it effectively. Unfortunately that's not the case.read more

Oops: bounty-hunter found Vine's source code in plain sight

Monday 25th of July 2016 01:32:59 PM
Give you our Docker image? Sure! No, wait …A bounty-hunter has gone public with a complete howler made by Vine, the six-second-video-loop app Twitter acquired in 2012.…

The Open Patient: Advocating for open access to medical data

Monday 25th of July 2016 12:35:48 PM
Steven Keating had always been interested in data and learning about things, which is why he volunteered to do a research scan when he was a student. The scan revealed an abnormality. In 2014, the abnormality had grown into a massive tumor. Soon he learned that there were many barriers keeping him from accessing his own data. "And that's what I've been sharing, which is this question: How come as a patient we're last in line for our own data? How come my doctors and my university researchers can see my tumor genome and I can't?"read more

More in Tux Machines

Women In Tech: Jane Silber, CEO Of Canonical

When I sat down to interview Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical, I don’t think it was lost on either of us that our ability to chat freely even though I was in my office in the middle of the U.S. and she was in her office in London, England had everything to do with cloud computing, an area in which her company does brisk business. Silber has been running Canonical (maker of Ubuntu, among a great many other software products) in one form or another for well over a decade at this point, first as COO and now CEO. She answers questions thoughtfully, with carefully chosen words; even though I’m sure I’m not the first journalist to ask her some of the below questions (maybe not even the first one this week), she had no canned responses, and she never veered off course to discuss her own agenda. There were no preset talking points; simply, I asked questions, and she answered them. Read more

Chakra GNU/Linux Users Get KDE Plasma 5.7.2, Qt 5.7 and KDE Applications 16.04.3

Chakra GNU/Linux developer Neofytos Kolokotronis today, July 25, 2016, announced the release of the latest KDE and Qt technologies, along with new software versions in the main repositories of the Linux kernel-based operating system. Read more

In a Quiet Market for PCs, Chromebooks are Marching Steadily Forward

It's no secret that Chrome OS has not been the same striking success for Google that the Android OS has been. And yet, Chromebooks--portable computers running the platform--have not only found their niche, but they are also introducing a new generation to cloud computing. Chromebooks are firmly entrenched in the education market, where many young users have become used to the convention of storing apps and data in the cloud. Now, according to new research from Gartner, Chromebooks are ready to hit new milestones. Analysts there report that Chromebook shipment growth will be in the double digits this year. At the same time, though, Chromebooks have not become fixtures in the enterprise, replacing Windows PCs. Read more

Server Administration

  • SysAdmins With Open Source Skills Are In Demand
    System administrators play a crucial role in businesses today. They are the individuals responsible for the configuration, support and maintenance of company computer systems and servers. For this reason, they are a popular hiring request, with defense and media companies alike looking for these professionals on Dice. Yet, despite the ongoing demand, finding and recruiting system administrators may be more of a challenge. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that the quarterly unemployment rate for system administrators was 0.6%, well below the national quarterly average (4.9%) and the quarterly average for all tech professionals (2.1%). Employers thus need to focus more of their recruitment strategies on poaching this talent from competitors.
  • One Phrase Sysadmins Hate to Hear (And How to Avoid It)
    A few years later, sysarmy, the local IT community, was born as the "Support for those who give support." And in that spirit, for this 8th AdminFest edition, we want to do exactly that: support those who help others in our Q&A platform, sysarmy.com/help. Each 500 points a participant earns, he/she gets a free drink in return!
  • DevOps'n the Operating System
    John Willis takes a brief look at the history of how Devops principles and operating systems have converged. He spends most of the time forward looking at what and how unikernels will converge with Devops tools, processes and culture. He ends with a demo of how containers, unikernels and Devops ideas can work together in the future.
  • 5 reasons system administrators should use revision control
    Whether you're still using Subversion (SVN), or have moved to a distributed system like Git, revision control has found its place in modern operations infrastructures. If you listen to talks at conferences and see what new companies are doing, it can be easy to assume that everyone is now using revision control, and using it effectively. Unfortunately that's not the case. I routinely interact with organizations who either don't track changes in their infrastructure at all, or are not doing so in an effective manner. If you're looking for a way to convince your boss to spend the time to set it up, or are simply looking for some tips to improve how use it, the following are five tips for using revision control in operations.