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Reddit: Why should I use Secure boot?

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 1:06am

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".

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LXer: Split Testing

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 1:00am
It's nice to have many people visit your Web site. It's even better when people don't just come to your site, but also enjoy your content. But, best of all is when visitors to your site do what you would like them to do - sign up for your newsletter, register for your SaaS application or buy one of your products.

LXer: GNOME 3.12 Seeded by GNOME OS Projects

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 12:13am
We spoke with Allan Day and Matthias Clasen, members of the GNOME design and release teams, respectively, about GNOME 3.12 and the various future-looking projects that collectively form GNOME OS.

Phoronix: EXT4 Might Work On Transparent Encryption Support

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 11:45pm
Besides Facebook preparing to roll-out Btrfs deployments and Tux3 could soon be mainlined into the Linux kernel, an encryption feature may be added to the EXT4 file-system...

Reddit: Nostalgic thread of the week: Who in here remembers playing XEvil?

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 11:44pm

I spent hours on that game. Always wondered why nobody else continue developing it, it had quite a big range of game modes, characters, weapons...

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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!

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 11:34pm

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!

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LXer: Open source hardware takes flight

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 11:25pm
This past Friday, we celebrated our Open Hardware Week here at with a staff open hardware workshop. Among the many fun things ranging from 3D printing to tinkering with Arduino boards and related electronics, I brought in a tiny remote control quadcopter which got back in December.

LXer: Forkin' 'L! Facebook, Google and friends create WebScaleSQL from MySQL 5.6

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 10:38pm
Web giants pool code for a turbo-charged open-source dbFour internet giants have teamed up to create a branch of the MySQL database that's designed to handle massive web applications.…

Reddit: Best linux variant to provide shell access to friends and acquaintances.

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 10:12pm

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:

  1. Protect my own internal home network from the *nix box; and
  2. 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?

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Linuxaria: Linux Security: How to hide processes from other users

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 9:54pm

Small and at the same time great article from Steve on

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:

Value Meaning 0 This is the default setting and gives you the default behaviour. 1 With this option a normal user would not see other processes but their own in ps, top etc, but would is still be able to see process IDs beneath /proc 2 Users are only able to see their own processes (as with with hidepid=1), but also any other process IDs are hidden for them if they manually poke around beneath /proc

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.

Related posts:

  1. How to measure memory usage in Linux
  2. How to put in pause any process in Linux

Phoronix: Snappy 1.0 Open-Source Video Player Released

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 9:51pm
Version 1.0 of Snappy has been released as a GStreamer powered open-source multimedia player...

LXer: WordPress Jetpack Sharing Plugin Exploited by Spammers

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 9:51pm
The sharing feature of the Jetpack plugin for WordPress is currently being exploited for the purpose of sending spam and possibly for DDOS attacks. FOSS Force became aware of this after we began looking into emails being sent to us by our server’s security system, notifying us of massive amounts of email being sent from our server. An investigation by our IT people traced the problem to the “Sharing” function of the Jetpack plugin.

LinuxInsider: New Linux Office Suite Too Soft to Be King

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 9:48pm
The Kingsoft Office Suite holds the promise of bringing a near perfect clone of Microsoft Office to Linux desktop users. However, Kingsoft's developers still have some work to do on the Linux Alpha release to make it a beta deal. Other than OpenOffice and LibreOffice, the Linux platform lacks any full-featured office suite. Both of these more in common with each other than distinguishing features. Both flip-flop in performance, depending on which Microsoft skill they attempt to emulate. Their user interface is strictly classic old school.

Reddit: An UNsecure IRC server

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 9:11pm


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.

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TuxMachines: Review: Asus crafts a tiny $179 Chromebox out of cheap, low-power parts

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 9:09pm

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.

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TuxMachines: This Acer Chromebook had me at hello

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 9:02pm

I have to admit that I didn't expect much from a $300 touch-screen Chromebook, but from the second I pulled the Acer C720P out of the box I was comfortable with it.

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LXer: Linux Kernel Panel: What's what with Linux today

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 8:54pm
Some of Linux's best and brightest kernel developers talk about the state of Linux development today.

Reddit: How do you learn linux?

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 8:52pm

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?

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