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LXer: Why Security Distributions Use Debian

2 hours 25 min ago
Debian may not talk a lot about security, but then fish rarely talk about water, either.

Reddit: Which porn site in youtube-dl allows downloading entire channels ?

3 hours 6 min ago

xvideo, xhamters, pornhub ?

I am trying to bulk download tube porn since I wont have internet during my holidays.

I use youtube-dl to bulk download ( cache ) music and porn.

With porn the process is too slow. I need to fill 8 TB and its not happening fast enough :(

I need to individually download each video .. ughh.

torrenting is a lot slower, and the quality is not on par with stream sites.

Also I like my porn short with a lot of variety. Most normal torrent porn is too long for my taste.

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Reddit: Looking to purchase new laptop for Linux, any suggestions?

3 hours 15 min ago

I am looking to switch over to Linux for the first time so I can have more security/privacy when going online to access my email, Amazon and browsing YouTube/Reddit. I am currently using Windows 7 desktop which I will keep for gaming purposes, but would like to get a laptop running Linux so I can do all my non-gaming activities in a more secure environment. Any suggestions for a reliable laptop that supports Linux? I have not decided which distro I will be using yet, however any advice that could help me make a informed decision would be greatly appreciated. I will not be using linux for gaming.


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TuxMachines: GParted Live 0.27.0-1 Disk Partitioning Live CD Out Now, Based on GParted 0.27.0

4 hours 15 min ago

Just one day after announcing the release of the GParted 0.27.0 open-source partition editor software, Curtis Gedak is informing us about the availability of the GParted Live 0.27.0-1 stable release.

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TuxMachines: Netrunner Core 16.09 "Avalon" Is Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8, KDE Plasma 5.7.5

4 hours 17 min ago

Today, October 23, 2016, the development team behind the Debian-based Netrunner GNU/Linux distribution proudly announced the release of Netrunner Core 16.09 "Avalon."

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LXer: The basics of open source quality assurance

4 hours 19 min ago
Open source depends on a sustainable community to develop code rapidly, debug code effectively, and build out new features. Because community involvement is voluntary, people's skills, levels of involvement, and time commitments can vary. Given the variable nature of these factors, along with the fact that open source often relies on a philosophy of "release early, release often," quality assurance can be become more

Reddit: Tuxadarity

4 hours 42 min ago

Reddit: Security question about linux package management systems and software downloads.

5 hours 58 min ago

Hello Forum

How does various linux variants maintain security in repositorys and download mirrors for everything like apt-get, yum, pacman or some software center or rpm install and what have you?

For example lets say some university is hosting a mirror for some apt-get software or ISO images. What prevents a person at that site from tinkering with the files?

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LXer: Argo Project Developing OS Technology for Exascale

6 hours 14 min ago
Argo, a Department of Energy project at Argonne aimed at developing the prototype for an open-source OS that will work on any type of high-performance machine made by any vendor and will allow users to mix and match modular OS components to suit their needs... They’re developing modifications to Linux that will let the OS manage power throughout a high-performance machine.

Reddit: Gentoo troubles, again (commentary, not a request for help)

6 hours 15 min ago

Well, I was doing very well with a new Gentoo install from a few days ago. I was getting a lot of stuff working that has always given me trouble, before.

Then came the kernel update for the big, urgent security hole patch. I felt like I got it made and installed properly, but it will no longer boot. I will try to fix it, but I may have to reinstall from scratch. Gentoo is so complicated.

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Reddit: Deepin OS, gorgeous DE but 0 security.

7 hours 36 min ago

For a while we heard of a Chinese distro called Deepin, maintained by the Wuhan Deepin Technology Co., Ltd and its beautiful DE. I have used it for almost a month in a Virtual Environment without finding any apparent problem.

Two days ago, however, after the discovery of Dirty COW and not finding a patch in the repo, I have opened an issue on bugzilla ( After few answers from the mantainer I tried to patch the kernel manually and, with big surprise, according to sources available on, I found that the kernel is still based on version 4.4-rc6 (discontinued before the start of 2016).


git clone cd deepin-kenrel fakeroot make -f debian/rules orig mkdir -p ../orig wget -c -O ../orig/linux-4.4-rc6.tar.xz || (echo "removing ../orig/linux-4.4-rc6.tar.xz"; rm -fr ../orig/linux-4.4-rc6.tar.xz; exit 1) --2016-10-21 21:53:56-- Resolving (,,, ... Connecting to (||:443... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: 87271788 (83M) [application/x-xz] Saving to: ‘linux-4.4-rc6.tar.xz’ ../orig/linux-4.4-rc6.tar.xz 100%[=======================================================================================>] 83,23M 1,13MB/s in 75s 2016-10-21 21:55:12 (1,11 MB/s) - "../orig/linux-4.4-rc6.tar.xz" saved [87271788/87271788]



I tried to search inside that repo for any possible security patch but I could not find anything relevant.

Currently the kernel is not having any security patch and it is still vulnerable to exploits with fixes released more than 5 months ago (CVE-2016-4557: - Local Privilege Escalation)

uname -a 4.4.0-2-deepin-amd64 #1 SMP Deepin 4.4.6-4 (2016-07-01) x86_64 GNU/Linux


I have reported several times that the kernel is currently not updated and safe but I have received no official response (


Be careful if you are an user of this distribution, try to patch the kernel manually or just change distribution for now.

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LXer: Top 5 Linux System Rescue CDs

8 hours 8 min ago
You know those times when things go wrong on your computer, and it won’t boot, or you can't’ login into your system, or there’s a rootkit messing up your booting or you just want to recover files from a drive. Those are the times having a rescue disc will do you a great deal of good in helping you out. So let’s take a look at 5 very useful Linux based Rescue CDs you can check out.

Phoronix: How Ubuntu 16.10 With Linux 4.8/4.9 Compares To Early 3.x Kernels

8 hours 11 min ago
When having out the Core i5 "Sandy Bridge" HP EliteBook this weekend besides comparing fresh OpenGL numbers to early Sandy Bridge results going back to 2012, I also compared Ubuntu 16.10 / Linux 4.8 and Linux 4.9 compared to older kernel benchmarks I did with the same system...

Reddit: Terminals

9 hours 30 min ago

Reddit: How to 'unlock' a stuck, unswitchable TTY using Python

9 hours 51 min ago

I don't know how common this actually to happen normally, as I mostly have it happen when testing some Wayland desktop environments, but sometimes after the main PID exits, you get left with the TTY being unswitchable if you use the CTRL+ALT+F(n) keys, or if you somehow even try to use ssh to run chvt.
This is because the TTY is in a state where it is expecting a running process to control the TTY switch, which doesn't happen because the process is dead, because it quit. (at least that is how I understand it)
The goal is to get the TTY out of the state that the process has responsibility of TTY switching (VT_PROCESS), into the default where the kernel can switch the TTY (VT_AUTO). ...and out of the KD_GRAPHICS state into KD_TEXT for good measure. This is assuming you can SSH in.
You can use Python to send ioctl's to the TTY device to control what state it is in to get it out, you will have to SSH to login as a user that can sudo to root, ...or login as root depending on your distro. You can run the oneliner below, but I will break it down.

sudo python -c "from array import array; from fcntl import ioctl; buf = array('h', [0]); buf[0] = 0; fd = open('/dev/tty0', 'wb'); ioctl(fd, 0x4B3A, 0); ioctl(fd, 0x05602, buf); fd.close"

Broken down now:

#Run Python as root, specifying python commands to run. sudo python -c "\ #Import needed things, array and the ioctl command from array import array; \ from fcntl import ioctl; \ #Declare an array, set the contents, one of the ioctls need an array passed to it it seems buf = array('h', [0]); \ #Set the value needed for the array to zero, this is the value that will be passed when setting the mode buf[0] = 0; \ #Open a file descriptor to the active TTY device, in writable mode. fd = open('/dev/tty0', 'wb'); \ #Send the KDSETMODE ioctl (0x4B3A) to the TTY device, with parameter, 0x00 (KD_TEXT) #This will set the mode of the TTY to text mode ioctl(fd, 0x4B3A, 0); \ #Send the VT_SETMODE ioctl (0x5602), with the array containing the value 0x00 (VT_AUTO ) ioctl(fd, 0x05602, buf); \ #Close the file descritor fd.close" submitted by /u/n3rdopolis
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LXer: curl - Command Line Download Manager Examples

10 hours 2 min ago
curl is a tool to transfer data from a server or to server, using one of the supported protocols (DICT, FILE, FTP, FTPS, GOPHER, HTTP, HTTPS, IMAP, IMAPS, LDAP, LDAPS, POP3, POP3S, RTMP, RTSP, SCP, SFTP, SMTP, SMTPS, TELNET and TFTP).

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Netrunner Core 16.09 "Avalon" Is Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8, KDE Plasma 5.7.5

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today's leftovers

  • Acer updates Chromebook 15 with 12-hour battery life -- $199 exclusively at Walmart
    Chromebooks are not for everyone, but for many home users, it is absolute perfection. If you live in the web browser -- as many people do nowadays -- laptops running Google's Linux-based Chrome OS are a godsend because they are maintenance free. No need for confusing OS upgrades or anti-virus software. It just works, and it works well. Since they can now run Android apps too, they could become a serious threat to Microsoft and Windows 10. One of the most attractive aspects of Chromebooks is price -- they are often quite affordable. Today, Acer refreshes its 15.6 inch Chromebook 15 with a mind-boggling 12 hours of battery life. Best of all? It starts at $199. Yes, this model will get Android app support in a future update too.
  • Of Life, Linux and Karma Angels
    Angel filed appeal after appeal only to be denied on every attempt. Texas is an "at will" employment state so being terminated for cause can mean anything. Over the next few weeks, Angel became more and more fearful of losing her house, as she had just purchased it a year before. On top of that, her HP desktop had taken a nose dive into severe brokeness and that made it extra difficult for her to look for work. I put together a decent desktop for her and installed it that day, and was a Linux computer. Angel didn't have even the slightest problem with the new machine, and she wasn't particularly good at using one. So, let's put another slash in the falsehood that Linux is too hard for the everyday user. Most of them anyway. YMMV. To her glee, the OS picked up and configured her Epson all in one without her lifting a finger to do so. She almost clapped for happiness, stating that in Windows, installing that printer had been a nightmare, even with the included driver CD. And just to pinpoint the time frame for you, it was the summer of 2006.
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to launch on Linux in November, Mac version delayed
    Feral Entertainment has announced that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be launching on Linux in November. Feral Interactive is currently working on the Linux port of the game. In September the game development studio announced that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided would make its way to two additional platforms: Linux and Mac. The Linux version of the game will most likely make use of OpenGL or Vulkan to power its graphics engine.
  • Mad Max: It Came From The Desert to Linux
    First of all, let me get one thing straight out of the way, so you know where I come from. I did not like the recent Mad Max movie. Like, not at all. Not that I mind the post apocalyptic theme. I used to like the older Mad Max’s just fine (probably the first one the best). The new one…meh. The Max character had virtually no back story (as thin as a sheet of paper) and he was just acting like a crazy person from beginning to end. The story’s premise was boring and just an excuse for endless and not so impressive action scenes. So there was nothing redeeming it. I know this is not the mainstream opinion of the movie (everyone apparently thought it was the best thing ever since sliced bread) so I can only attribute this phenomenon to either mass hysteria or simply a clear decrease in movie expectations. The Force Awakens‘ success, despite being a mediocre movie and certainly underwhelming compared to the original trilogy, certainly echoes the same trend. I guess you cannot beat nostalgia. Just tag a Millennium Falcon on and you get a free ride no matter how incoherent the story or the characters are.
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  • Fedora 25 new features, Perl removed from Build Root
    Fedora is the fast-paced bleeding-edge distribution of Red Hat. Fedora 25 is the second release of 2016 the other being Fedora 24. Let’s discover what lies in the future of this popular Linux distribution especially among developers.
  • "dnf update" considered harmful
    Updating a Linux distribution has historically been done from the command line (using tools like Debian's apt-get, openSUSE's zypper, or Fedora's yum—or its successor dnf). A series of crashes during system updates on Fedora 24 led Adam Williamson to post a note to fedora-devel and other mailing lists warning people away from running "dnf update" within desktop environments. It turns out that doing so has never truly been supported—though it works the vast majority of the time. The discussion around Williamson's note, however, makes it clear that the command is commonly run that way and that at least some users are quite surprised (and unhappy) that it isn't a supported option.
  • Supporting UEFI secure boot in Debian
    The Debian project can be accused of many things, but jumping too quickly on leading-edge technology is not one of them. That can be seen in, among other things, the fact that there is still not a version of the distribution that supports the UEFI secure boot mechanism. But, as Ben Hutchings explained during his 2016 Kernel Recipes talk, such support is in the works, and it will be implemented in a uniquely Debian-like manner.
  • The Lenovo Yoga Book Is the Future of Laptops, But It's Missing an Operating System
    For this review I spent a week with the Android version of Lenovo’s slick new backflipping laptop. Guts-wise it’s identical to the Windows 10 variant. They both feature Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processors, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of on-device storage, and 1920 x 1200 resolution displays. The Android version starts at $500 and the Windows version starts at $550.
  • Another Broken Nexus 5
    In late 2013 I bought a Nexus 5 for my wife [1]. It’s a good phone and I generally have no complaints about the way it works. In the middle of 2016 I had to make a warranty claim when the original Nexus 5 stopped working [2]. Google’s warranty support was ok, the call-back was good but unfortunately there was some confusion which delayed replacement. Once the confusion about the IMEI was resolved the warranty replacement method was to bill my credit card for a replacement phone and reverse the charge if/when they got the original phone back and found it to have a defect covered by warranty. This policy meant that I got a new phone sooner as they didn’t need to get the old phone first. This is a huge benefit for defects that don’t make the phone unusable as you will never be without a phone. Also if the user determines that the breakage was their fault they can just refrain from sending in the old phone.