This is intended more of a discussion topic than a flamewar, I've watched the recent Linux foundation collaboration summit, and Matthew Garrett mentioned his work on getting secure boot working with Linux.
I understand why it's important to have secure boot free, that isn't the topic of this.
Why should I use secure boot on my dual boot machine and what benefits, if any outside of the obvious bug squashing, will I see?
Keep it clean, try to post something useful that isn't "idk lol just use bios".submitted by Trout_Tickler
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Reddit: People that have scored a full paid job on Linux or FOSS: Could you post a 2-liner of your career path, please? thanks!
I'm a CS student in my last year of studies. In my last 2-3 years, I have embraced FOSS and now is the main reason I love computer science and the new technologies. I think the new technologies aren't so good for our society, or at least its social side, and that computers would become a basic commodity of society (such as water, health-care or electricity) and FOSS is the only way to protect it.
Besides technical abilities that obviously are needed, and start collaborating as soon as possible, so one can score a job on FOSS, what helped you most? what has been your carreer path?
Many thanks!submitted by viccuad
Precursor - no need to dumb things down for me, when I was in undergrad I was a CS major and ran OpenBSD exclusively for a few years.
But I've been a windows guy for about 12 years now and a lot of things have changed (wtf is ubuntu?)
Anyway, for various reasons, I've got an extra computer and I have a lot of bandwidth and I'd like to run a *nix box for my own use and that of my technologically advanced friends.
Problem is that some of my tech-friends are internet-acquaintances and although I trust them, I don't know them well enough to trust-trust them.
I'm looking for the best linux varient that lets me do two things:
- Protect my own internal home network from the *nix box; and
- Stop idiots from doing idiot things because they think they are not responsible because it's going through someone else's box. (Torrenting, abusing bandwidth, etc)...
Any suggestions?submitted by DangerAndAdrenaline
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If you run a multi-user system it can increase security if you hide the display of running processes, and their arguments, which belong to other users. This helps avoid problems if users enter passwords on the command-line, and similar.
If you’re running a recent Kernel, (version 3.2 or higher), you can achieve this benefit by mounting the /proc filesystem with the new hidepid option:
It is worth noting that with the secure values set (“1″, or “2″) all processes remain visible to the root user.
If you decide you wish to enable this protection you can change the mount option interactively by running:# mount -o remount /proc -o hidepid=2
To ensure this happens automatically at boot-time you can update your /etc/fstab file to read something like this:proc /proc proc defaults,hidepid=2 0 0
With this in place a user will only see their own processes in the output of top, ps, & etc:s-blog@www:~$ ps -ef UID PID PPID C STIME TTY TIME CMD s-blog 848 32483 0 08:55 pts/1 00:00:00 ps -ef s-blog 32483 32482 0 08:54 pts/1 00:00:00 -bash
The root user will still see all processes though, for debugging purposes.
According to a recent post from the Debian Security Team it seems likely that the hidepid option will be proposed as a default in the future.
I know this may sounds as a stupid request. I have an assignment to do for my university course which includes making a service and exploiting that service. I have been assigned to do an IRC server. I was just wondering what program is the best to do this with.
Thanks for your help.submitted by FacePudding
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We like mini desktops around these parts, but one thing that makes them less than ideal for every use case is that their price tag usually isn't very mini. By the time you buy something like Intel's NUC and stuff it full of all the parts it needs, you'll end up spending somewhere in between $400 and $700, depending on the kit, parts, and operating system you decide to use.
I have had linux on and off on a spare laptop but I never learned how to use it. I can click around a little bit here and there but I never really understand how it really works.
I have 0 knowledge of how to use the command prompt. I don't know how to install files, I tried installing google chrome and it only gave me the folder with all the files in it and said there was no program to install it.
I don't get the varieties of linux. I guess I've been messing around with versions of Ubuntu. Such as Xubuntu and crunchbang. But some of them like crunchbang seem extremely stripped down to the point that I can't use it.
How do I learn linux?submitted by autoHQ
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