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Reddit: Can someone explain to me exactly what Linux is?

Sunday 21st of December 2014 11:15:14 AM

I am not exactly computer intuitive but looking to learn more about computers and computer programming. Is Linux simply the alternative to Windows and what are the advantages and disadvantages of having one or the other?

Is Linux supported by most laptops and if so, how do I go about making my computer run on a Linux Operating System? I wouldn't make the change until I am a lot more knowledgable about computers but I am simply interested in learning everything I can. I am a total noob so try to explain it in terms I would most likely understand. Thanks!

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LXer: Git Vulnerability Exposed; Patch Now or Be Hacked Later

Sunday 21st of December 2014 09:59:29 AM
Even though the issue may not affect Linux users, if you are a hosting service whose users may fetch from your service to Windows or Mac OS X machines, you are strongly encouraged to update to protect such users who use existing versions of Git," Git developer Junio Hamano wrote in a Git mailing list posting.The Git vulnerability has got the attention of security researchers as well, including Tod Beardsley, who is the Metasploit engineering manager at Rapid7.

Reddit: I'm an idiot, please help

Sunday 21st of December 2014 08:48:25 AM

Hi everyone

I renamed ny /usr folder to /usr_old on my macbook air because I believed that /usr only stored linux loaded programs. I didn't realise that it actually ran my whole macbook.

So, I've made an ubuntu live usb and I can see my HD as 'Macintosh HD'... the problem is that it's read only so I can't rename /usr_old back to /usr. I've looked at ways of mounting it read-write but when I try something like 'sudo mount -o remount,rw /dev/sda2' I get 'mount: /media/ubuntu/Macintosh HD not mounted or bad option'

Please let me know if you need any more information to help me out. I'm quite desperate here as I'm writing a thesis at the moment (running out of time) and I can't really afford this hiccup.

EDIT: link to linux questions post

EDIT: FIXED with the second comment from

Thanks for everyone's help!

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LXer: How to protect SSH server from brute force attacks using fail2ban

Sunday 21st of December 2014 08:05:07 AM
One common attack on SSH service is brute force attacks where a remote attacker indefinitely attempts to log in with different passwords. Fail2ban is an open-source intrusion prevention framework on Linux that monitors various system log files (e.g., /var/log/auth.log or /var/log/secure) and triggers various defensive actions upon detecting any suspicious activities. You can use fail2ban to defend against brute force password guessing attacks on an SSH server.

LXer: Hands-on review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC+Kodi and Android

Sunday 21st of December 2014 06:10:45 AM
This hands-on review takes a first look at SolidRun’s tiny CuBoxTV set-top box, running both its default OpenELEC/XBMC OS, as well as an Android 4.4.4 beta. The CuBoxTV is one of several CuBox-i models currently available from Israel-based SolidRun. Whereas the full-up “CuBox-i Pro” model comes with 2GB RAM, WiFi, and Ethernet, the CuBoxTV hits […]

LXer: The 7 Best Alternative Linux Distributions Of 2014

Sunday 21st of December 2014 02:55:02 AM
Here is a list of the 7 best alternative Linux distributions of 2014. The list is formed of specialist distributions which have a unique quality, such as the ability to run from a USB drive or dedicated to gaming.

Reddit: I've always used bash. Is there a good reason to explore other shells?

Sunday 21st of December 2014 02:45:07 AM

I'm a pretty experienced bash user at this point. I use it all day on both OS X (on my desktop) and linux (on all the servers I manage), and have written dozens if not hundreds of bash scripts, some fairly complex, pushing the limits of what one would want to do with bash before switching to a more full featured language like Python or Perl. I have dug deep into the depths of's bash programming guide, set obscure shell options, pulled backreferences out of regexes, written functions that return arrays, etc. While bash goes pretty deep, I feel like I've touched a lot of it.

But I've never actually touched another shell. Am I missing out?

I'm not a C programmer so I feel like the benefits of the csh family would be lost on me, but how about other options? zsh? fish?

I also feel like bash is the standard for somewhat arbitrary reasons... there are lots of weird inconsistencies in bash, and the fact that most of the original documentation is in the form of info pages, satan's own documentation format, is a major point against it too :)

Anyway, curious to know the thoughts of people who have (real) experience in other shells.

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Phoronix: Linux 3.19-rc1 Kernel Released Ahead Of Schedule

Sunday 21st of December 2014 02:22:00 AM
The first release candidate to the Linux 3.19 kernel was released on Saturday...

LXer: Top 5 articles of the week: Best of open source this year, and more

Sunday 21st of December 2014 01:00:40 AM
Every week, I tally the numbers and listen to the buzz to bring you this week's most read articles on Here's the top 5 for this week: December 15 - 19, 2014.

Reddit: Need Help Installing...

Sunday 21st of December 2014 12:09:39 AM

Ok so i downloaded Ubuntu burned it to a DVD went into bios had it boot to CD on start up and... nothing happened just went straight to windows. Tried this numerous times but to no avail. Any help would be great.


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Reddit: Advantages of Arch Linux? Should I leave Ubuntu behind.

Saturday 20th of December 2014 11:34:20 PM

Hey guys, I'm having troubling thoughts of whether I should leave Ubuntu for Arch Linux. I have years of experience with Ubuntu, but Im not sure if I should make the switch.

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LXer: Building a Healthy Web to Hand to Future Generations

Saturday 20th of December 2014 11:06:18 PM
Ten years ago, a scrappy group of ten Mozilla staff and thousands of volunteer Mozillians broke up Microsoft’s monopoly on accessing the Web with the release of Firefox 1.0. We won by bringing together a diverse and global community through … Continue reading

TuxMachines: Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha, Tanglu 2 Review, and More Red Hat

Saturday 20th of December 2014 09:12:29 PM

ust when you thought you couldn't get anymore Red Hat news, it once again was the talk of the techtown. An interest blog post from Hanno Böck today says quit using NTP if you care about security. Jack M. Germain discusses the work of Open Invention Network and Jamie Watson reviews Debian-derivative Tanglu 2. shares their best distro of 2014 and Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 was released.

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LXer: Top patent court shoots down Myriad gene testing patents

Saturday 20th of December 2014 09:11:56 PM
The US Patent and Trademark Office handed out patents on human genes for about 30 years, but genomic patents were blocked after a landmark Supreme Court ruling last year.The patent holder in that case, Myriad Genetics, had patented a test on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The test shows mutations that reveal which women are more susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer. The BRCA test is substantially cheaper in countries where it wasn't patented, such as Canada.After losing its case, Myriad didn't give up. Instead, it quickly filed a new round of lawsuits, trying to keep competitors like Ambry Genetics out of the business of BRCA testing. The new suits named different patents, which instead of simply claiming the gene itself, included "method" claims and also discussed the use of DNA "primers"—an entirely lab-made substance which Myriad lawyers said were still open to being patented.

TuxMachines: Intel Skylake Audio Support For Linux 3.19

Saturday 20th of December 2014 09:08:51 PM

Intel's next-generation Skylake processors are starting to take shape with the Linux 3.19 kernel.

Linux 3.19 lands initial Skylake graphics support within the Intel DRM drivers (there's already initial support on the user-space side too within Mesa) and there's Skylake MPX support among other Skylake related work that's been merged for 3.19.

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TuxMachines: MIPS R6 Architecture Now Supported By GCC

Saturday 20th of December 2014 08:52:04 PM

The latest feature that's landed for the GCC 5 compiler due out next year is MIPS R6 support for both 32-bit and 64-bit.

As of yesterday, there's MIPS32R6 and MIPS64R6 support in GCC. The new MIPS R6 CPU architecture support was contributed by Imagination Technologies themselves. MIPS Release 6 features new instructions aimed for enhancing performance for JIT, JavaScript, browsers, PIC for Android, and large workload applications. The MIPS R6 architecture was announced a few months ago and the first products based on the updated MIPS ISA are their new Warrior processors.

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TuxMachines: Ubuntu Touch to Land with Bq Aquaris e4.5 Phones in February

Saturday 20th of December 2014 08:46:14 PM

The first two companies that have been confirmed to release phones with Ubuntu Touch are Meizu and Bq. Until now, only Meizu showed any kind of involvement with Ubuntu Touch and they were the first to announce a launch window. On the other hand, Bq has been silent, but it seems to have been very busy and to be the first one out the door.

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No, you won’t get this gift in time for Christmas, but perhaps seeing an HTC One running Lollipop may make the wait slightly less painful. A batch of videos and screenshots show HTC’s flagship with the newest build of Android, though of course it’s merged with the Sense 6.0 user interface (the HTC One currently runs Sense 5.0). We got a small hint of how Lollipop looks on the One in November, but this leak lays out what the entire operating system makeover looks in clearer detail. Read more

The winning Linux kernel live patch: All of the above

Life's choices often amount to one of two options: Linux or Windows? Android or iOS? Kgraft or Kpatch? That last pair consists of the two major contenders for the technology Linux could use for live kernel patches. Now a winner is in, and it amounts to all of the above. According to a post on the official Linux kernel developer's mailing list, a kernel patching system that works with both Kgraft and Kpatch and uses "core functionality abstracted out of [those] already existing implementations" has been proposed as an addition to the Linux 3.20 kernel. Read more

UNIX Industry Banks on Linux Strategies

Struggling UNIX server makers are strengthening their Linux strategy in line with the open-source application environment. The move is aimed at maintaining remaining customers, since users are increasingly abandoning UNIX servers. However, it is receiving a lukewarm response from the market. According to industry sources on Dec. 22, server vendors such as IBM and HP are concentrating on the development of products so that the Linux operating system and related applications can be used as UNIX servers. Read more

Mageia Beta Delayed, Christmas Quiz, and 7 Best Alternatives

Today in Linux news the Mageia project announced another delay in version 5 Beta 2. The Linux Voice is running a Linux quiz for Christmas and Gary Newell offers up his list of the seven best alternative Linux distributions of the year. The Register says 2015 will be the year of Linux - on mobile. Three reviews need to be highlighted and, finally today, Matt Hartley says everyone should switch to Ubuntu MATE. Read more Also: Linux Bloat, Linux Lite, and Devuan Update