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Reddit: File managers for dropbox integration

Sunday 4th of December 2016 07:23:41 AM

I currenty am using nautilus as my main file manager on my debian gnome setup. The Dropbox integration for it is alright but im looking to use something more along the lines of Thunar. I still want to have decent Dropbox support for my school files to allow accessibility across all my devices. Any suggestions would be great.

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Reddit: What's the point of Linux Mint?

Sunday 4th of December 2016 06:01:32 AM

It seems to me that the Linux Mint people have a really good thing going with Cinnamon, which is rapidly becoming the GNOME 2.0 replacement. But Linux Mint as a distro is nothing to write home about. I used Mint for several years and found the overall experience to be frustrating. Being based on LTS Ubuntu releases meant waiting ages for hardware support or updated packages. There was no good way to upgrade from one major version to another. PPAs and repos would randomly break, especially after updates. I'm using Fedora these days and I have none of these problems. Having media codecs pre-installed was always nice but that's not even true anymore. So what's the point? Most of the things people like about Linux Mint are actually part of a desktop environment or could be (e.g. mintupdate, mintdrivers).

Why don't the Linux Mint guys focus all their energy on Cinnamon and supported apps? As a desktop environment, Cinnamon is awesome. But as a distro, Linux Mint seems like a dead end to me, especially as the Ubuntu and GNOME/GTK folks move in divergent directions and lose interest in supporting downstream derivatives.

Thoughts? Am I crazy?

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Reddit: Installed Linux to FIX driver issues. 2016 is a strange year

Sunday 4th of December 2016 05:58:45 AM

For the past few months my laptop which had issues with recent windows updates causing major issues with my machine's dedicated graphics (GT640M). Ended up giving up trying to fix the Window's issues and installed Linux mint and after a night of fine tuning it all works better than Windows.

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LXer: Firefox zero-day: Mozilla races to patch bug used to attack Tor browser users

Sunday 4th of December 2016 05:47:53 AM
Users of online anonymity network Tor are facing a new attack that uses nearly identical code to a Firefox exploit used by the FBI in 2013.

Slashdot: Devuan's Systemd-Free Linux Hits Beta 2

Sunday 4th of December 2016 05:36:03 AM

Reddit: Did Nautilus lose the "saved search" feature?

Sunday 4th of December 2016 04:12:06 AM

I see online guides like this:

It shows screenshots of nautilus in Ubuntu doing what I want: giving you the opportunity to save a search and have a folder update its contents based on the criteria of that Search.

I also see a plus button that would be used to invoke the feature in a screenshot here:

But I'm using GNOME 3.22 in Fedora 25 and the version of Nautilus on my machine doesn't seem to have the feature. I've searched from top to bottom and I can't find it.

Was this feature removed, or patched in by Canonical developers and only available in Ubuntu, or something else?

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LXer: Canonical and Docker Partner to Distribute Docker Releases as Snaps on Ubuntu

Sunday 4th of December 2016 03:53:31 AM
On the last day of November 2016, Canonical and Docker announced a new commercial agreement that promises to provide integrated enterprise support and SLAs for CS Docker Engine to the Ubuntu Linux community.

TuxMachines: Security News

Sunday 4th of December 2016 03:19:53 AM
  • What's the most secure operating system?

    Deciding what operating system (OS) to keep your computer running smoothly—and with the highest level of security—is a controversial yet frequent question many business owners, government officials, and ordinary Joes and Janes ask.

    There are many different operating systems—the software at the base of every computer, controlling the machine's array of functions—like Mac OS10, which comes pre-loaded on Apple laptops and desktops, and Microsoft Windows that's on the majority of personal computers. Google's Android and Apple's iOS for mobile devices are designed specifically for devices with smaller touchscreens.

    Whatever OS you use—and many users are very loyal to their operating system of choice and will argue that their's is the best—it's not entirely secure or private. Hackers are still infiltrating systems every day, and they can easily target victims with malware to spy on users and disable their operating system altogether.

    Because of this, choosing a secure system is essential to staying secure online. Below are the top three secure operating systems that will help users take the next step to ensure proper cyber and hardware security.

  • New IoT Botnet, Attackers Target Tor, and More…

    Firefox’s emergency security patch: If you use Firefox at all, and I’m assuming that most of you do, you might want to run an update to get the latest security patch from Mozilla. The patch was rushed to market on November 30 to fix a zero day vulnerability that was being exploited in the wild to attack the Firefox based Tor browser.

    In a blog post on Wednesday, Mozilla’s security head Daniel Veditz wrote, “The exploit in this case works in essentially the same way as the ‘network investigative technique’ used by FBI to deanonymize Tor users…. This similarity has led to speculation that this exploit was created by FBI or another law enforcement agency. As of now, we do not know whether this is the case. If this exploit was in fact developed and deployed by a government agency, the fact that it has been published and can now be used by anyone to attack Firefox users is a clear demonstration of how supposedly limited government hacking can become a threat to the broader Web.”

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TuxMachines: SUSE Leftovers

Sunday 4th of December 2016 03:17:54 AM
  • openSUSE Heroes meeting, day 2

    After a long, but exciting first day, we even managed to get some sleep before we started again and discussed the whole morning about our policies and other stuff that is now updated in the openSUSE wiki. After that, we went out for a nice lunch…

  • Installing Tumbleweed, November 2016

    The Tumbleweed system that I already have installed had desktops KDE, Gnome, XFCE and LXDE. But for recent intstalls (as with Leap 42.2), I have been going with KDE, Gnome, XFCE, LXQt, FVWM and MATE. So it seemed reasonable for the new Tumbleweed install to follow the same path. I also added Enlightenment for experimenting.

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TuxMachines: Android Leftovers

Sunday 4th of December 2016 03:17:14 AM

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Reddit: Change of Profession?

Sunday 4th of December 2016 03:03:25 AM

Hey Guys,

Short term lurker here... Currently a Net Engineer..looking to venture into the world of Linux and possibly the certifications behind it. I have done basic stuff in the past and installed numerous flavors... For my position what advantages can I use Linux (currently using Mint 18) for as a Net Engineer..

I know there are a bunch of tools you can use specifically from Kali. But looking for more out there is there is and opinions of you guys with the experience.

Certs worth it? Will I waste my time with my current role?


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TuxMachines: Linux Graphics

Sunday 4th of December 2016 02:20:30 AM
  • LibRetro's Vulkan PlayStation PSX Renderer Released

    A few days back I wrote about a Vulkan renderer for a PlayStation emulator being worked on and now the code to that Vulkan renderer is publicly available.

    For those wanting to relive some PlayStation One games this week or just looking for a new test case for Vulkan drivers, the Vulkan renderer for the LibRetro Beetle/Mednafen PSX emulator is now available, months after the LibRetro folks made a Vulkan renderer for the Nintendo 64 emulator.

  • Etnaviv DRM Updates Submitted For Linux 4.10

    The Etnaviv DRM-Next pull request is not nearly as exciting as MSM getting Adreno 500 series support, a lot of Intel changes, or the numerous AMDGPU changes, but it's not bad either for a community-driven, reverse-engineered DRM driver for the Vivante graphics cores.

  • Mesa 12.0.4 Being Prepped For Ubuntu 16.10/16.04

    Ubuntu is preparing Mesa 12.0.4 for Ubuntu Xenial and Yakkety users. It's not as great as Mesa 13, but at least there are some important fixes back-ported.

    Mesa 12.0.4 is exciting for dozens of bug fixes, including the work to offer better RadeonSI performance. But with Mesa 12.0.4 you don't have the RADV Vulkan driver, OpenGL 4.5, or the other exciting Mesa 13 work.

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TuxMachines: Games for GNU/Linux

Sunday 4th of December 2016 02:18:20 AM

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Reddit: Just tried Peppermint OS and I was rather impressed at first glance.

Sunday 4th of December 2016 02:16:14 AM

Has anyone else had any experience with this distro?

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LXer: 10 Great Moments from Linux Foundation 2016 Events

Sunday 4th of December 2016 01:59:09 AM
This year, more than 20,000 tech professionals gathered at 150 Linux Foundation events worldwide to learn and share open source technologies and best practices. Held in 46 cities across 14 countries -- from the U.S. and Canada, to Germany, Spain, China and Japan -- Linux Foundation events are where the creators, maintainers and practitioners of the world's most important open source projects meet.

Slashdot: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Linux Laptop?

Sunday 4th of December 2016 01:33:56 AM

Reddit: Anyone else remember when they were first getting into Linux and spent way too much time making sure it was actually free?

Sunday 4th of December 2016 01:05:24 AM

I hadn't thought of this in a long time and it just came back to me today. It was a baffling concept to me that I could get a whole OS, from kernel to word processor, and all without paying a cent! I've been around OSS for so long now I've forgotten how insane that it, but it really blew my mind as a naive 15 year old who had just gotten a computer 14 year before. I was just getting to that stage where I could smell a scam or trojanware, and Linux just seemed way, way too good to be true.

Having remembered this, I look back on all the odd, sceptical reactions I've had when suggesting Linux to people, and it suddenly makes sense on a more empathetic level than it ever has in the moment. I actually get it, again.

Anyway, not really much of a point to this. Just reminiscing with people who probably share these experiences.

P.S. BTW, this was pre-reddit and I didn't know about forums and the like yet, so maybe I was just ignorant of the internet and it was way worse for me than most of you, idk.

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Reddit: IT Professional getting his feet wet with Linux. Pondering on avenues available to me in terms of distros and certifications.

Sunday 4th of December 2016 12:52:50 AM

So I work in IT doing Windows support for the last year. While my IT career is young, Ive got plenty of experience messing around in Windows and dealing with PC hardware.

My love for Android is what finally gave me the push to learn Linux for desktop. I downloaded Ubuntu in order to turn a 2 SSD laptop into a 4 OS system (Ubuntu, Androidx86 and RemixOS on 1 SSD, Windows on the other). Through a decent amount of research, gparted use, grub customization, and frustration, I got it done.

After mucking around a bit in terminal, I thought to myself "hey, this is frustrating, but rewarding and kind of fun....just like when I tinker in Android with rooting and such...and Windows is boring me lately. I wonder if there's a career path for this"

So basically Ive seen that Red Hat is the go to for enterprise Linux, and thus I have a few questions:


  1. Are there any Linux based mobile certifications that would be useful to an IT professional?

  2. RedHat isnt free, thus what distro do you recommend for someone who may one day want Red Hat certifications? CentsOS? Fedora?

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  • Hyper Is a Terminal Emulator Built Using Web Technologies
    A lot of us use the terminal on Ubuntu, typically from an app like GNOME Terminal, Xterm or an app like Guake. But did you know that there’s an JS/HTML/CSS Terminal? It’s called Hyper (formerly/also known as HyperTerm, though it has no relation to the Windows terminal of the same/similar name) and, usefulness aside, it’s certainl a novel proof-of-concept. “The goal of the project,” according to the official website, “is to create a beautiful and extensible experience for command-line interface users, built on open web standards.”
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  • This Cool 8-Bit Desktop Wallpaper Changes Throughout The Day
    Do you want a dynamic desktop wallpaper that changes throughout the day and looks like the sort of environment you’d be able to catchPokemon in? If so, check out Bit Day wallpapers. Created by Redditor user ~BloodyMarvelous, Bit Day is a collection of 12 high-resolution pixel art wallpapers.
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  • Core Apps Hackfest 2016: report
    I spent last weekend at the Core Apps Hackfest in Berlin. The agenda was to work on GNOME’s core applications: Documents, Files, Music, Photos, Videos, Usage, etc.; to raise their overall standard and to make them push beyond the limits of the framework. There were 19 of us and among us we covered a wide range of modules and areas of expertise. I spent most of my time on the plumbing necessary for Documents and Photos to use GtkFlowBox and GtkListBox. The innards of Photos had already been overhauled to reduce its dependency on GtkTreeModel. Going into the hackfest we were sorely lacking a widget that had all the bells and whistles we need — the idiomatic GNOME 3 selection mode, and seamlessly switching between a list and grid view. So, this is where I decided to focus my energy. As a result, we now have a work-in-progress GdMainBox widget in libgd to replace the old GtkIconView/GtkTreeView-based GdMainView.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Did Amazon Just Kill Open Source?
    Back in the days, we used to focus on creating modular architectures. We had standard wire protocols like NFS, RPC, etc. and standard API layers like BSD, POSIX, etc. Those were fun days. You could buy products from different vendors, they actually worked well together and were interchangeable. There were always open source implementations of the standard, but people could also build commercial variations to extend functionality or durability. The most successful open source project is Linux. We tend to forget it has very strict APIs and layers. New kernel implementations must often be backed by official standards (USB, SCSI…). Open source and commercial implementations live happily side by side in Linux. If we contrast Linux with the state of open source today, we see so many implementations which overlap. Take the big data eco-systems as an example: in most cases there are no standard APIs, or layers, not to mention standard wire protocols. Projects are not interchangeable, causing a much worse lock-in than when using commercial products which conform to a common standard.
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    Lots of missing features & big bugs were fixed recently . All of the blockers that were initially mentioned on tracking bug are now fixed.
  • Linux & Open Source News Of The Week —, Patches For Firefox and Tor, And OSS-Fuzz
  • Open Source Malaria helps students with proof of concept toxoplasmosis pill
    A team of Australian student researchers at Sydney Grammar School has managed to recreate the formula for Daraprim, the drug made (in)famous by the actions of Turing Pharmaceuticals last year when it increased the price substantially per pill. According to Futurism, the undertaking was helped along by an, “online research-sharing platform called Open Source Malaria [OSM], which aims to use publicly available drugs and medical techniques to treat malaria.” The students’ pill passed a battery of tests for purity, and ultimately cost $2 using different, more readily available components. It shows the potential of the platform, which has said elsewhere there is, “enormous potential to crowdsource new potential medicines efficiently.” Although Daraprim is already around, that it could be synthesized relatively easily without the same materials as usual is a good sign for OSM.
  • Growing the Duke University eNable chapter
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