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LXer: 7 Tips for SysAdmins Considering a Linux Foundation Training Certification

Saturday 30th of July 2016 01:36:22 PM
The Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) and Certified Engineer (LFCE) exams are great opportunities for sysadmins to polish and prove their skills. The exams are available online to anyone in the world at any time.

TuxMachines: Leftovers: Software

Saturday 30th of July 2016 01:28:06 PM
  • qutebrowser v0.8.1
  • Anonymous publishing with Riffle

    Preserving anonymity online is an understandably hot topic these days. But it can be confused with related concepts like privacy and secure communication. A new protocol called Riffle was recently published [PDF] by researchers at MIT; it offers a different take on anonymity than that implemented by other projects. A Riffle network could be used to implement an anonymous but verifiable blogging or publishing platform: one in which the messages are visible to everyone, but the identity of all users remains hidden.

    For comparison, the most well-known anonymity project is, no doubt, Tor, which enables users to access Internet services without revealing their physical location on the network. It is possible to use Tor to access publishing services like Twitter and, thus, to broadcast content to the Internet at large without revealing one's identity. But Tor is just as useful at solving other problems, such as accessing remote servers that are blocked by a firewall. While important, that usage of Tor does not necessarily involve anonymity; one could, for instance, use it to log in to Facebook, and Tor alone does not prevent the use of web trackers by sites.

    Furthermore, Tor is the focus of near-constant attacks (against the network itself and against the algorithms that keep it working), and it may be vulnerable to large-scale traffic analysis—such as a national ISP could perform. One of the stated goals of Riffle is to prevent such traffic analysis, which has led to popular reports and online discussions referring to Riffle as a Tor competitor.

    But Riffle, in fact, tackles a narrower problem set. In a Riffle network, every message sent or file uploaded is eventually published in plaintext form where everyone can see it. The Riffle protocol offers strong guarantees that the identity of the message's uploader cannot be discovered—even in cases where multiple servers in the network have been compromised.

  • Announcing Serval!

    Serval is launching on Tuesday the 2nd of August, 2016. It will be available under the GPLv2 and is completely free to use.

  • Tangent Animation studio will support the Blender Institute to hire two devs full time to work on Blender 2.8 and a third one for Cycles
  • 5 Best Calendar Apps for Linux Desktop

    Time is money, as goes an old saying, therefore you need to manage it very well. This then calls for proper planning of your daily schedule, future events, appointments and several other daily activities.

  • Pandora Client `Pithos` Sees New Major Release

    Pithos 1.2.0 was released today and it includes a new explicit content filter option, new dialog design, along with other improvements and important bug fixes.

  • Terminix Now Available In PPA For Ubuntu 16.04 And Linux Mint 18 [Quick Update]

    Terminix was uploaded to the Debian Sid repositories recently. To make it easier to install and stay up to date with the latest Terminix versions, I used the official Debian packaging (thanks to the packagers!) and created a Terminix PPA for Ubuntu 16.04 and Linux Mint 18.

  • Geary – A Good Looking Modern Email Client for Linux

    Geary is a free and open source email client. It’s simple to setup and install, in a few minutes your done. No need to add extra features or add ons to install, it just works. The user interface is the easiest and simplest to use.

  • PVS-Studio confesses its love for Linux

    This post is about love. About the love of the static code analyzer PVS-Studio, for the great open source Linux operating system. This love is young, touching and fragile. It needs help and care. You will help greatly if you volunteer to help testing the beta-version of PVS-Studio for Linux.

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Phoronix: A Detailed Look At The Failed GPLGPU Open-Source GPU

Saturday 30th of July 2016 12:53:36 PM
A few years ago was the Kickstarter-backed effort to open-source a real GPU hardware design albeit from a late 90's design. That effort ultimately failed just raising $12k of a $200k USD goal, but the GPU design was released under the GPLv3 anyways...

TuxMachines: On the boundaries of GPL enforcement

Saturday 30th of July 2016 12:38:28 PM

Last October, the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) and Free Software Foundation (FSF) jointly published "The Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement". That document described what those organizations believe the goal of enforcement efforts should be and how those efforts should be carried out. Several other organizations endorsed the principles, including the netfilter project earlier this month. It was, perhaps, a bit puzzling that the project would make that endorsement at that time, but a July 19 SFC blog post sheds some light on the matter.

There have been rumblings for some time about a kernel developer doing enforcement in Germany that might not be particularly "community-oriented", but public information was scarce. Based on the blog post by Bradley Kuhn and Karen Sandler, though, it would seem that Patrick McHardy, who worked on netfilter, is the kernel developer in question. McHardy has also recently been suspended from the netfilter core team pending his reply to "severe allegations" with regard to "the style of his license enforcement activities".

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Phoronix: The Upgradeable Allwinner Dev Board That's Laptop-Compatible Raises $50k So Far

Saturday 30th of July 2016 12:35:46 PM
At the beginning of the month I wrote about That Open, Upgradeable ARM Dev Board Is Trying To Make A Comeback, the EOMA68-spec'ed project formerly known as the Improv Dev Board. It's still using the same (rather slow) Allwinner SoC but has since seen some improvements and there's also a laptop compatible route too. The project has now raised more than $50k USD, but their goal is still three times that at $150k they are trying to raise over the next month...

TuxMachines: KDE Leftovers

Saturday 30th of July 2016 12:08:54 PM

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Phoronix: The State of GIMP & Its Future

Saturday 30th of July 2016 12:07:48 PM
GIMP core developer Jehan Pagès has written a blog post about the recent work done on GIMP 2.9.4 as well as a look at its future...

LXer: One DevOps tool for all clouds: Cloudify

Saturday 30th of July 2016 11:42:00 AM
Does your enterprise run multiple clouds? Yes? Then you should look into Cloudify.

Reddit: GIMP 2.9.4 and our vision for GIMP future

Saturday 30th of July 2016 10:12:44 AM

TuxMachines: Leftovers: Software

Saturday 30th of July 2016 10:10:15 AM

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TuxMachines: Sysadmin Day

Saturday 30th of July 2016 10:08:29 AM
  • Happy Sysadmin Day!

    To all you systems administrators out there, wherever and whomever you are: Happy Systems Administrators Day! That's right, ladies, gentlemen and emacs users, the yearly holiday of sysadmin day is upon us!

    This year marks the 17th annual sysadmin day and with any luck 17-fold increase in appreciation to some of the most frequently un-and-under appreciated people in any organization. You deserve a hurrah, some cake and – for some among you – your own private island.

  • 11 Awesome Linux T-Shirts for Every System Administrator

    No, this article will not be about coding dresses, however, we will show you 11 Linux t-shirts that will make a system administrator to look better, fun and knowledgeable. I promise that the t-shirts that you will see below will make you want to have each one of them.

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TuxMachines: Openwashing

Saturday 30th of July 2016 10:07:09 AM

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TuxMachines: Security News

Saturday 30th of July 2016 10:04:22 AM

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TuxMachines: Tablet review: BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition

Saturday 30th of July 2016 09:53:24 AM

The Aquaris M10 is very much a first attempt for BQ and you would expect future iterations to have some significant improvements. It’s also hard to find compelling reasons why iOS or Android fans would want to switch over to an Ubuntu tablet, but those familiar with the operating system should be excited to finally have their needs met in the tablet market.

One positive factor is that switching between tablet and desktop mode works very well for the most part, so can definitely fulfill professional needs as much as casual ones. This could be a viable option for someone who wants that flexibility and isn’t too fussed about some of the more superficial features.

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LXer: How to use GeoIP with Nginx on Ubuntu 16.04

Saturday 30th of July 2016 09:47:38 AM
This tutorial explains how to use the GeoIP module with nginx on Ubuntu 16.04 to find out where your visitors come from. The GeoIP module sets multiple variables like $geoip_country_name, $geoip_country_code, $geoip_city, etc. that you can use in your PHP scripts or directly in your nginx configuration, for example to serve content in different languages based on the user's country.

TuxMachines: Free, secure, easy — Linux as an alternative to Windows and Mac

Saturday 30th of July 2016 08:23:54 AM

Linux was originally conceived as a project for programmers and software developers. Thus, Information Technology and Engineering students first likely encountered Linux in their coding classes because of its hassle-free setup.

Fifth-year Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) student Donald Dimailig sees Linux as a programmer-friendly OS compared to Windows.

“In Windows, you still have to download and install compilers and Java. However in Linux, everything you need is right there,” Dimailig said.

“My robotics laboratory class involves a lot of programming so it is much easier to use Linux,” he added.

People with working knowledge of Linux and other open source software have better luck getting careers in server and systems management since Linux is installed in almost 97% of all internet servers according to web analytics company W3Cook. Linux’s reliability and security have made it the OS of choice for web servers around the world.

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Android/Google Leftovers

3 open source alternatives to Office 365

It can be hard to get away from working and collaborating on the web. Doing that is incredibly convenient: as long as you have an internet connection, you can easily work and share from just about anywhere, on just about any device. The main problem with most web-based office suites—like Google Drive, Zoho Office, and Office365—is that they're closed source. Your data also exists at the whim of large corporations. I'm sure you've heard numerous stories of, say, Google locking or removing accounts without warning. If that happens to you, you lose what's yours. So what's an open source advocate who wants to work with web applications to do? You turn to an open source alternative, of course. Let's take a look at three of them. Read more

Hackable voice-controlled speaker and IoT controller hits KS

SeedStudio’s hackable, $49 and up “ReSpeaker” speaker system runs OpenWrt on a Mediatek MT7688 and offers voice control over home appliances. The ReSpeaker went live on Kickstarter today and has already reached 95 percent of its $40,000 funding goal with 29 days remaining. The device is billed by SeedStudio as an “open source, modular voice interface that allows us to hack things around us, just using our voices.” While it can be used as an Internet media player or a voice-activated IoT hub — especially when integrated with Seeed’s Wio Link IoT board — it’s designed to be paired with individual devices. For example, the campaign’s video shows the ReSpeaker being tucked inside a teddy bear or toy robot, or attached to plant, enabling voice control and voice synthesis. Yes, the plant actually asks to be watered. Read more

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