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TuxMachines: Why Linux Installers Need to Add Security Features

Thursday 19th of January 2017 02:59:18 AM

Twelve years ago, Linux distributions were struggling to make installation simple. Led by Ubuntu and Fedora, they long ago achieved that goal. Now, with the growing concerns over security, they need to reverse directions slightly, and make basic security options prominently available in their installers rather than options that users can add manually later.

At the best of times, of course, convincing users to come anywhere near security features is difficult. Too many users are reluctant even to add features as simple as unprivileged user accounts or passwords, apparently preferring the convenience of the moment to reducing the risk of an intrusion that will require reinstallation, or a consultation with a computer expert at eighty dollars an hour.

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Reddit: Can someone explain why I've given root access to a user yet still can't delete files using said user?

Thursday 19th of January 2017 02:47:56 AM

I have a raspberry pi, and I connect to it via SFTP. I use Filezilla to do this, and for whatever reason sometimes I can delete files using any user, and other times I get permission denied deleting from the SAME directory. So I got fed up with the crap and created a new user that has root access so that if I need to go in via SFTP and delete something, I can do it without wanting to chuck my keyboard through the nearest wall.

However, I edited the sudoers file and added this line: username ALL=(ALL) ALL

Which, from what I have read at least, should give said user 100% access to screw up things as much as they want. However, when I go onto Filezilla, enter the users name and pass and go to the directory I want to delete files from, I still receive permission denied.

What gives? All I want to do is delete files via SFTP like I have been able to do in the past, but for whatever reason even telling the computer to allow 100% privileges to a user doesn't fix the issue.

and before everyone says "you don't want to give a user full root access because you'll ruin your life," this is a Pi that is used to emulate games. If I lost anything it'd be hours worth of work sorting through files. I'm willing to take that risk.

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Reddit: Potential network engineer looking to adopt linux

Thursday 19th of January 2017 02:19:17 AM

What up!

I am 24 years old and I am finally trying to build a career for myself in IT. I have always been a huge nerd for technology, and recently for the past 3 years I have been falling in love with networking. I went to school for networking (an associates in networking)and plan on getting CCNA and CCNP eventually. Lately, I have been having this urge to align my hobbies (networking/datahoarding/server/homelab) with what I could be doing in a career environment.

What do you believe is the best linux OS for me to take up for my desktop that will also help with my career the most? I also have a home server that I am looking to transition possibly to fedora or centOS. (currently running ubuntu)

I am trying to decide between ubuntu/centOS/fedora


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LXer: Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 Improves Storage

Thursday 19th of January 2017 02:03:13 AM
New release of Red Hat's enterprise-grade container platform is based on the recent Kubernetes 1.4 milestone, adding new dynamic storage capabilities and an enhanced dashboard.

Slashdot: Malwarebytes Discovers 'First Mac Malware of 2017'

Thursday 19th of January 2017 01:54:05 AM

Slashdot: The Linux Foundation Offers 50% Discounts On Training

Thursday 19th of January 2017 01:54:05 AM

Slashdot: Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' Is Here For Christmas

Thursday 19th of January 2017 01:54:05 AM

TuxMachines: Linus Torvalds Announces Subsurface 4.6 Open-Source Dive Log and Planning App

Thursday 19th of January 2017 01:47:24 AM

Linus Torvalds not only works on the Linux kernel, but he's also part of the development team behind the open-source dive log and dive planning application most of you out there know as Subsurface.

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TuxMachines: openSUSE Tumbleweed Gets XOrg Server 1.19 & Irssi 1.0, PulseAudio 10 Coming Soon

Thursday 19th of January 2017 01:44:52 AM

openSUSE Project's Douglas DeMaio is informing the Tumbleweed community today, January 18, 2017, about the latest software updates and other improvements delivered by a total of two snapshots released last week.

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LXer: Arrive On Time With NTP -- Part 1: Usage Overview

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 11:45:59 PM
Few services on the Internet can claim to be so critical in nature as time. Subtle issues which affect the timekeeping of your systems can sometimes take a day or two to be realized, and they are almost always unwelcome because of the knock-on effects they cause.

LinuxInsider: Red Hat's OpenShift Container Platform Expands Cloud Options

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 11:15:36 PM
Red Hat on Wednesday announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4. This latest version helps organizations better embrace new Linux container technologies that can deliver innovative business applications and services without sacrificing existing IT investments. It offers dynamic storage provisioning for both traditional and cloud-native applications, as well as multitenant capabilities that can support multiple applications, teams and deployment processes in a hybrid cloud environment.

Reddit: PulseAudio 10 Is Coming

Wednesday 18th of January 2017 10:59:10 PM

More in Tux Machines

Canonical Patches Nvidia Graphics Drivers Vulnerability in All Ubuntu Releases

It's time to update your Ubuntu Linux operating system if you have a Nvidia graphics card running the Nvidia Legacy 340 or 304 binary X.Org drivers provided on the official software repositories. Read more

Long-term Embedded Linux Maintenance andd New Device From CompuLab

  • Long-term Embedded Linux Maintenance Made Easier
    The good old days when security breaches only happened to Windows folk are fading fast. Malware hackers and denial of service specialists are increasingly targeting out of date embedded Linux devices, and fixing Linux security vulnerabilities was the topic of several presentations at the Embedded Linux Conference Europe (ELCE) in October. One of the best attended was “Long-Term Maintenance, or How to (Mis-)Manage Embedded Systems for 10+ Years” by Pengutronix kernel hacker Jan Lübbe. After summarizing the growing security threats in embedded Linux, Lübbe laid out a plan to keep long-life devices secure and fully functional. “We need to move to newer, more stable kernels and do continuous maintenance to fix critical vulnerabilities,” said Lübbe. “We need to do the upstreaming and automate processes, and put in place a sustainable workflow. We don’t have any more excuses for leaving systems in the field with outdated software.”
  • CompuLab Has Upgraded Their Small Form Factor "IPC" Line To Kabylake
    HARDWARE -- Our friends and Linux-friendly PC vendor, CompuLab, have announced a new "IPC" line-up of their small form factor computers now with Intel Kabylake processors. In the past on Phoronix we tested CompuLab's Intense-PC (IPC) and then the IPC2 with Haswell processors, among other innovative PCs from CompuLab. Now they are rolling out the IPC3 with Intel's latest Kabylake processors.
  • Fanless mini-PC runs Linux Mint on Kaby Lake
    Compulab launched a rugged “IPC3” mini-PC that runs Linux on dual-core, 7th Gen Core i7/i5 CPUs, and also debuted three GbE-equipped FACE expansion modules. Compulab has opened pre-orders starting at $693 for the first mini-PCs we’ve seen to offer the latest, 14nm-fabricated 7th Generation Intel Core “Kaby Lake” processors. The passively cooled, 190 x 160 x 40mm IPC3 (Intense PC 3), which is available in up to industrial temperature ranges, follows two generations of similarly sized IPC2 mini-PCs. There’s the still available, 4th Gen “Haswell” based IPC2 from 2014 and the apparently discontinued 5th Gen “Broadwell” equipped IPC2 from 2015.
  • Compulab IPC3 is a tiny, fanless PC with Intel Kaby Lake CPU
    Compulab is an Israeli company that makes small, fanless computers for home or commercial use. The company’s latest mini PC aimed at enterprise/industrial usage is called the IPC3, and it has a die-cast aluminum case with built-in heat sinks for passive cooling and measures about 7.4″ x 6.3″ x 1.6″.

Games for GNU/Linux

  • Imperium Galactica II: Alliances released for Linux & SteamOS, seems native too
    Imperium Galactica II: Alliances [GOG, Steam] just released for Linux & SteamOS and it looks like it's a native version. Note: My friends at GOG sent over a copy, so big thanks to them. There's no sign of DOSBox or Wine and I had no idea this game had ever been ported to Linux. Pretty awesome really for a game like this to get a proper Linux build when it gets a new release.
  • Nearly five years after the Kickstarter, Carmageddon still isn’t on Linux despite the stretch goal being reached
    The problem here, for me, is that they later did a revamp of the title called Carmageddon: Max Damage. This was to fix some problems, boost sales again and port it to consoles. Carmageddon: Max Damage also never made it to Linux. Fun fact, they actually released a trailer where they just run over a ton of penguins, make from that what you will: Not saying this was trolling the entire Linux gaming community, but it sure felt like it after their previous trolling attempts directed at our official Twitter account.
  • Valve Rolls Out New Steam Client Stable Update with Promised Linux Changes, More
    Today Valve announced the availability of a new stable update of the Steam Client for all supported platforms, including the company's SteamOS operating system for Steam Machines, as well as GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows. Bringing all the new features during the Beta stages of development, the new Steam Client update improves the interaction between the Steam runtime and your GNU/Linux distribution's libraries. This is a huge and long-anticipated milestone for the Steam Client, which, unfortunately, did not work out-of-the-box on all Linux-based operating systems.

Robolinux 8.7.1 Linux OS Is Out and It's Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8.7 "Jessie"

The developers of the Robolinux GNU/Linux distribution have announced today, January 18, 2017, the release and immediate availability of a new stable update based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" operating system series. Still offering a free installer, the Robolinux 8.7.1 "Raptor" edition is now available for download with the usual Cinnamon, MATE 3D, Xfce 3D, and LXDE flavors. It's based on the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 8.7.1 "Jessie" operating system, which means that it ships with its newest Linux 3.16 kernel and over 170 bug fixes and security patches. The GRUB bootloader and login screens have been refreshed too. Read more