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Reddit: Business accounting with GnuCash

Tuesday 29th of August 2017 09:49:36 PM

LXer: How to guide: Associate Elastic IP to EC2 Linux instance.

Tuesday 29th of August 2017 09:08:42 PM
Learn how to assign elastic IP to ec2 Linux instance in AWS. Step by step procedure explaining how to allocate elastic IP to your account and how to associate it to EC2.

LXer: How a leader can move forward without consensus

Tuesday 29th of August 2017 07:48:39 PM
Open organizations depend on collaboration and inclusion, so when it comes to making decisions, it's natural to wonder how much time and energy we ought to spend in the pursuit of alignment and consensus-building.Openness and transparency are infused into everything we do at Red Hat, from the way we create technology to our methods of communication. We are a mission-based, purpose-driven organization, and that means company-wide alignment will always be crucial for some of our more

Reddit: McDonald's Kidzpace starting them early on Linux

Tuesday 29th of August 2017 07:15:41 PM

TuxMachines: Purism on Coreboot and More

Tuesday 29th of August 2017 07:04:39 PM
  • Coreboot and Skylake, part 2: A Beautiful Game!

    While most of you are probably excited about the possibilities of the recently announced “Librem 5” phone, today I am sharing a technical progress report about our existing laptops, particularly findings about getting coreboot to be “production-ready” on the Skylake-based Librem 13 and 15, where you will see one of the primary reasons we experienced a delay in shipping last month (and how we solved the issue).

  • Purism Highlights Challenges During Coreboot Development

    Taking a brief break from their Librem 5 smartphone campaign, there's a new Purism blog post today that explains at length why this summer's Librem laptop shipments were delayed due to a pesky Coreboot bug lasting weeks and what it took to come to a workaround.

  • Linux Phone Crowdfunder Passes $100k Milestone

    Computer maker Purism‘s crowdfunding campaign for a privacy-focused phone powered by open-source software has raised over $100,000 in just 4 days.

    At the time of writing $104,300 has been pledged to the project, which aims to deliver a full-featured Linux phone powered, in part, by‘s communication platform.

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TuxMachines: Disabling NSA Back Door (Intel ME)

Tuesday 29th of August 2017 07:00:51 PM
  • Researchers Find a Way to Disable Much-Hated Intel ME Component Courtesy of the NSA

    Researchers from Positive Technologies — a provider of enterprise security solutions — have found a way to disable the Intel Management Engine (ME), a much-hated component of Intel CPUs.

    Intel ME is a separate processor embedded with Intel CPUs that runs its own operating system complete with processes, threads, memory manager, hardware bus driver, file system, and many other components.

    Intel has always advertised Intel ME as a way for companies to manage computers running on their internal networks. Intel ME includes tools that allow system administrators to monitor, maintain, update, upgrade, and repair computers from a remote, central location.

  • Now you, too, can disable Intel ME 'backdoor' thanks to the NSA

    A team of researchers from Positive Technologies discovered an undocumented configuration setting, designed for use by government agencies, to disable Intel Management Engine 11. Now you too can partake in this government privilege to inactivate Intel’s proprietary CPU master controller.

  • Researchers say Intel's Management Engine feature can be switched off

    That's not an option for the general public, but researchers at Russian security firm Positive Technologies have found a way to use these government-only privileges to disable ME.

    ME is a core component of modern Intel chips that if compromised can provide an attacker with a powerful backdoor. As the researchers note, ME can't be completely disabled because of its role in initializing hardware, power management, and launching the main processor.

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LinuxToday: Must Have Linux Mint Software

Tuesday 29th of August 2017 07:00:00 PM

Datamation: This is the software for the Mint Linux distro that enables you to get the most out of this top Linux distro.

Reddit: Will a SSD help speed up a second boot system?

Tuesday 29th of August 2017 06:31:09 PM

I run Ubuntu, Windows has some programs I need to use. I have a small partition running Windows would an SSD speed up that partition?

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Phoronix: Cairo 1.15.8 Released With Support For Colored Emoji

Tuesday 29th of August 2017 05:54:10 PM
It has been a few months since the last Cairo 2D graphics library update, which is used by programs ranging from Firefox to GTK and WebKit, but today the notable 1.15.8 release is now available...

Reddit: Researchers Find a Way to Disable Much-Hated Intel ME Component Courtesy of the NSA ..

Tuesday 29th of August 2017 05:09:49 PM

'In response to requests from customers with specialized requirements we sometimes explore the modification or disabling of certain features. In this case, the modifications were made at the request of equipment manufacturers in support of their customer’s evaluation of the US government’s “High Assurance Platform” program. These modifications underwent a limited validation cycle and are not an officially supported configuration.'

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LXer: Many Patents Are Being Passed to Android-Hostile Patent Trolls (by the Thousands) and Microsoft is in the Shadows

Tuesday 29th of August 2017 05:08:33 PM
Some of the latest moves and actions (and auctions) which pose a danger to GNU/Linux in mobile devices in particular

LinuxToday: Bookworm: A Simple yet Magnificent eBook Reader for Linux

Tuesday 29th of August 2017 05:00:00 PM

If you are looking for an effective eBook reader for Linux, Bookworm will serve your purpose.

LinuxToday: How to Clone an Encrypted Disk Image with Clonezilla

Tuesday 29th of August 2017 04:00:00 PM

HowToForge: In this guide, we;ll discuss how to image or clone the hard drive of a CentOS 7 server used as a DHCP and DNS server in production

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BlueBorne Vulnerability Is Patched in All Supported Ubuntu Releases, Update Now

Canonical released today new kernel updates for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux releases, patching recently discovered security vulnerabilities, including the infamous BlueBorne that exposes billions of Bluetooth devices. The BlueBorne vulnerability (CVE-2017-1000251) appears to affect all supported Ubuntu versions, including Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) up to 16.04.3, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) up to 14.04.5, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) up to 12.04.5. Read more

Security: Updates, 2017 Linux Security Summit, Software Updates for Embedded Linux and More

  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • The 2017 Linux Security Summit
    The past Thursday and Friday was the 2017 Linux Security Summit, and once again I think it was a great success. A round of thanks to James Morris for leading the effort, the program committee for selecting a solid set of talks (we saw a big increase in submissions this year), the presenters, the attendees, the Linux Foundation, and our sponsor - thank you all! Unfortunately we don't have recordings of the talks, but I've included my notes on each of the presentations below. I've also included links to the slides, but not all of the slides were available at the time of writing; check the LSS 2017 slide archive for updates.
  • Key Considerations for Software Updates for Embedded Linux and IoT
    The Mirai botnet attack that enslaved poorly secured connected embedded devices is yet another tangible example of the importance of security before bringing your embedded devices online. A new strain of Mirai has caused network outages to about a million Deutsche Telekom customers due to poorly secured routers. Many of these embedded devices run a variant of embedded Linux; typically, the distribution size is around 16MB today. Unfortunately, the Linux kernel, although very widely used, is far from immune to critical security vulnerabilities as well. In fact, in a presentation at Linux Security Summit 2016, Kees Cook highlighted two examples of critical security vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel: one being present in kernel versions from 2.6.1 all the way to 3.15, the other from 3.4 to 3.14. He also showed that a myriad of high severity vulnerabilities are continuously being found and addressed—more than 30 in his data set.
  • APNIC-sponsored proposal could vastly improve DNS resilience against DDoS