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LXer: Rapid, Secure Patching: Tools and Methods

Tuesday 30th of January 2018 01:02:34 AM
Generate enterprise-grade SSH keys and load them into an agent for controlof all kinds of Linux hosts. Script the agent with the Parallel DistributedShell (pdsh) to effect rapid changes over your server farm.

Reddit: LibreOffice 6.0 launches on January 31th

Tuesday 30th of January 2018 12:47:20 AM

LXer: openSUSE Tumbleweed Users Can Now Try Out the KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS Desktop

Monday 29th of January 2018 11:48:14 PM
Users of the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling operating system series received a lot of goodies last week, and openSUSE Project's Douglas DeMaio is informing us on the latest snapshots and updates.

Reddit: Looking for a program to make a bootable USB

Monday 29th of January 2018 11:16:15 PM

Hey there. Using the latest stable version of Ubuntu. Trying to find a program that I can make a bootable USB with windows on it using my laptop with Linux. I am having way too much trouble.

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Phoronix: Godot 3.0 Open-Source Game Engine Released

Monday 29th of January 2018 11:04:16 PM
The open-source game engine developers behind the huge Godot 3.0 update out before the end of January as planned...

LXer: A look inside Facebook's open source program

Monday 29th of January 2018 10:33:54 PM
Open source becomes more ubiquitous every year, appearing everywhere from government municipalities to universities. Companies of all sizes are also increasingly turning to open source software. In fact, some companies are taking open source a step further by supporting projects financially or working with more

Reddit: Today I finally pulled the trigger and tried out

Monday 29th of January 2018 10:28:15 PM

I've been a linux user for several years now, but I always was a "default dude" and never replaced parts of my distro with other software, beyond simple stuff like what music player or video player to use.

I had heard great things about i3, a tiling window manager. I had 0 experience with tiling WMs, since virtually no distros use anything but floating/compositing type WMs. It kept me scared away for a while due to it being generally only used by serious linux fanatics, (of which I can't really count myself, being a dual boot plebeian) but I wanted to see if it was really that hard to get used to.

So, I pulled out a old Xubuntu laptop that wouldn't put me up the creek without a paddle if I messed it up, and tried to go about replacing xfwm with i3. I did it correctly the first time, and it taught me a lot about how Linux desktops are put together.

After playing around with it for a while, trying out different keybinds, opening and closing random things, I noticed how natural it felt and how fast it was. The idea of having no wasted screen space and never have to manually mess with the sizes of windows is a huge boon, since I typically tried to create a tiling setup on a floating WM without realizing it.

The only issue that I've encountered so far was that sometimes xfce-panel disappears (the process stays running but the graphics disappear), but I've found that reloading i3 in place brought it back, for whatever reason. It's likely a bug with the panel itself, they didn't anticipate people using i3, perhaps. I can't really intentionally reproduce it, it just disappears sometimes randomly. But eh, I can just deal with it, a simple reload is all that's necessary.

I've started playing around with the config file, (as a vim user I love configuring) so if any seasoned i3 users have any good snippets feel free to comment.

Anyway, long story short, i3 is really cool. A bit of a learning curve if all you've ever used is floating WMs, but definitely worth changing to to try and see if you like it.

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Reddit: Centos 7.4 kernel version

Monday 29th of January 2018 10:18:45 PM

Hi all,

I have Centos 7.4 x86_64. I have installed the latest kernel.

I see kernel version 4.15 just came out.

When I uname -r, I see 3.10.0-693.17.1.el7.x86_64

So... that's not 4.15 obviously. Is it really a version behind?

Just curious


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LinuxToday: Top 5 Linux Partition Managers

Monday 29th of January 2018 10:00:00 PM

There are many programs out there that help users manage partitions on their drives.

Reddit: I've Switched to Manjaro! - My XFCE Setup

Monday 29th of January 2018 09:40:14 PM

TuxMachines: today's leftovers

Monday 29th of January 2018 09:21:30 PM

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TuxMachines: Software: Linux Partition Managers and GNOME Photo

Monday 29th of January 2018 09:20:28 PM
  • Top 5 Linux Partition Managers

    There are many programs out there that help users manage partitions on their drives. Some, like fdisk, are command-line tools. Others have a GUI (graphical user interface), like GParted. I shall demonstrate, today, five very good Linux partition managers, both graphical and text-only.​

  • GNOME Photos: an overview of thumbnailing

    From time to time, I find myself being asked about various details about how content is thumbnailed in GNOME Photos, and the reasons behind various implementation decisions. I can never remember all the details, and always have to dig through Git history and bug reports across multiple modules to come up with an answer. I am hoping that this brain dump will be more persistent than my memory, and more holistic than random comments here and there.

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LXer: How to Use DockerHub

Monday 29th of January 2018 09:19:34 PM
In the previous articles, we learned the basics of Docker terminology, how to install Docker on desktop Linux, macOS, and Windows, and how to create container images and run them on your system. In this last article in the series, we will talk about using images from DockerHub and publishing your own images to DockerHub.

TuxMachines: OSS Leftovers

Monday 29th of January 2018 09:10:55 PM
  • Mycroft Mark II: the open source Amazon Echo you’ve always wanted

    Smart speakers are all the range in tech these days and soon it will be the battle of the titans. But as those giants scuffle, the small men, the consumers, sometimes get trampled on. Especially their privacy. It’s no secrets that the likes of Amazon and Google want your data. They promise to do no evil, but you can never really tell. Consumers have opted to just accept the status quo in exchange for convenience. Now, however, they don’t have to compromise just to get an Amazon Echo or Google Home experience, with the Mycroft Mark II Open Voice Assistant speaker.

  • Find Out the Visa Requirements to Attend oSC18

    For people planning on attending the openSUSE Conference 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic, from May 25 – 27, there are certain requirements necessary to receive a visa for those who are not citizen of the European Union.

  • Let's talk about Hacking (EPFL, Lausanne, 20 February 2018)

    I've been very fortunate to have the support from several free software organizations to travel to events around the world and share what I do with other people. It's an important mission in a world where technology is having an increasing impact on our lives. With that in mind, I'm always looking for ways to improve my presentations and my presentation skills. As part of mentoring programs like GSoC and Outreachy, I'm also looking for ways to help newcomers in our industry to maximize their skills in communicating about the great work they do when they attend their first event.

  • A rule-based framework to create dynamic themes

    In December, I gave an introduction to the theming API in Firefox. While it allows you to do many things like animated themes, macOS-style overscroll or interactive theme editors, the API has some limitations. One issue with dynamic theming API compared to traditional CSS theming is that it requires familiarity with JavaScript and WebExtension APIs to make a basic dynamic theme.

  • WebRender newsletter #13

    Greetings! Time for issue #13 of your favorite newsletter, where you can follow the progress of WebRender and it’s integration in Gecko. We are still busy fixing correctness issues (as you can see by the number of times the word “fixed” appears in the lists below), modulo Glenn’s usual big perf optimization.

  • A look inside Facebook's open source program [Ed: openwashing of monstrous surveillance company that's proprietary and secretive]
  • Apollo astronaut keypad being rebooted as open source replica

    Compared to the computer interfaces of today, the display keyboard used by the Apollo astronauts aboard their spacecraft might look quaint — until you recall that it was central to flying to the first humans to the moon almost half a century ago.

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Phoronix: Block Updates Land In The Linux 4.16 Kernel

Monday 29th of January 2018 08:48:53 PM
The block subsystem updates have now landed in Linus Torvalds' Git tree during the first full day of the Linux 4.16 kernel merge window...

Reddit: Interfacing a Linux machine: How hard can it be?

Monday 29th of January 2018 08:46:21 PM

More in Tux Machines

Events: FOSDEM Samba Talks, USENIX Enigma, LCA ( and FAST18

  • Authentication and authorization in Samba 4
    Volker Lendecke is one of the first contributors to Samba, having submitted his first patches in 1994. In addition to developing other important file-sharing tools, he's heavily involved in development of the winbind service, which is implemented in winbindd. Although the core Active Directory (AD) domain controller (DC) code was written by his colleague Stefan Metzmacher, winbind is a crucial component of Samba's AD functionality. In his information-packed talk at FOSDEM 2018, Lendecke said he aimed to give a high-level overview of what AD and Samba authentication is, and in particular the communication pathways and trust relationships between the parts of Samba that authenticate a Samba user in an AD environment.
  • Two FOSDEM talks on Samba 4
    Much as some of us would love never to have to deal with Windows, it exists. It wants to authenticate its users and share resources like files and printers over the network. Although many enterprises use Microsoft tools to do this, there is a free alternative, in the form of Samba. While Samba 3 has been happily providing authentication along with file and print sharing to Windows clients for many years, the Microsoft world has been slowly moving toward Active Directory (AD). Meanwhile, Samba 4, which adds a free reimplementation of AD on Linux, has been increasingly ready for deployment. Three short talks at FOSDEM 2018 provided three different views of Samba 4, also known as Samba-AD, and left behind a pretty clear picture that Samba 4 is truly ready for use. I will cover the first two talks in this article, and the third in a later one.
  • A report from the Enigma conference
    The 2018 USENIX Enigma conference was held for the third time in January. Among many interesting talks, three presentations dealing with human security behaviors stood out. This article covers the key messages of these talks, namely the finding that humans are social in their security behaviors: their decision to adopt a good security practice is hardly ever an isolated decision. Security conferences tend to be dominated by security researchers demonstrating their latest exploits. The talks are attack-oriented, they keep a narrow focus, and usually they close with a dark outlook. The security industry has been doing security conferences like this for twenty years and seems to prefer this format. Yet, if you are tired of this style, the annual USENIX Enigma conference is a welcome change of pace. Most of the talks are defense-oriented, they have a horizon going far beyond technology alone, and they are generally focused on successful solutions.
  • DIY biology
    A scientist with a rather unusual name, Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow, gave a talk at 2018 about the current trends in "do it yourself" (DIY) biology or "biohacking". He is perhaps most famous for being prosecuted for implanting an Opal card RFID chip into his hand; the Opal card is used for public transportation fares in Sydney. He gave more details about his implant as well as describing some other biohacking projects in an engaging presentation. Meow-Meow is a politician with the Australian Science Party, he said by way of introduction; he has run in the last two elections. He founded BioFoundry, which is "Australia's first open-access molecular biology lab"; there are now two such labs in the country. He is also speaks frequently as "an emerging technology evangelist" for biology as well as other topics.
  • Notes from FAST18

    I attended the technical sessions of Usenix's File And Storage Technology conference this week. Below the fold, notes on the papers that caught my attention.

Security: Vista10 and uTorrent Holes Found by Google

  • Google drops new Edge zero-day as Microsoft misses 90-day deadline

    Google originally shared details of the flaw with Microsoft on 17 November 2017, but Microsoft wasn’t able to come up with a patch within Google’s non-negotiable “you have 90 days to do this” period.

  • Google Goes Public with Another Major Windows 10 Bug
    After revealing an Edge browser vulnerability that Microsoft failed to fix, Google is now back with another disclosure, this time aimed at Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709), but potentially affecting other Windows versions as well. James Forshaw, a security researcher that’s part of Google’s Project Zero program, says the elevation of privilege vulnerability can be exploited because of the way the operating system handles calls to Advanced Local Procedure Call (ALPC). This means a standard user could obtain administrator privileges on a Windows 10 computer, which in the case of an attack, could eventually lead to full control over the impacted system. But as Neowin noted, this is the second bug discovered in the same function, and both of them, labeled as 1427 and 1428, were reported to Microsoft on November 10, 2017. Microsoft said it fixed them with the release of the February 2018 Patch Tuesday updates, yet as it turns out, only issue 1427 was addressed.
  • uTorrent bugs let websites control your computer and steal your downloads

    The vulnerabilities, according to Project Zero, make it possible for any website a user visits to control key functions in both the uTorrent desktop app for Windows and in uTorrent Web, an alternative to desktop BitTorrent apps that uses a web interface and is controlled by a browser. The biggest threat is posed by malicious sites that could exploit the flaw to download malicious code into the Windows startup folder, where it will be automatically run the next time the computer boots up. Any site a user visits can also access downloaded files and browse download histories.

  • BitTorrent Client uTorrent Suffers Security Vulnerability (Updated)

    BitTorrent client uTorrent is suffering from an as yet undisclosed vulnerability. The security flaw was discovered by Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy, who previously said he would reveal a series of "remote code execution flaws" in torrent clients. BitTorrent Inc. has rolled out a 'patch' in the latest Beta release and hopes to fix the stable uTorrent client later this week.

Red Hat introduces updated decision management platform

Troubleshoot a network? No problem. Write a 3,000 word article on Kubernetes cloud container management? When do you want it. Talk to a few hundred people about Linux's history? Been there, done that. Manage a business's delivery routing and shift scheduling? I'll break out in a cold sweat. If you too find the nuts and bolts of business processing management a nightmare, you'll want to check out Red Hat's latest program: Red Hat Decision Manager 7. Read more

KDE Says Its Next Plasma Desktop Release Will Start a Full Second Faster

According to the developer, the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment release will start a full second faster than previous versions because of the removal of the QmlObjectIncubationController component, which apparently slowed down the entire desktop, and promises to let users pin apps on the panel that contain spaces in their desktop file names. Goodies are also coming to the upcoming KDE Applications 18.04 software suite this spring, which makes creating of new files with the Dolphin file manager instantaneous, improves drag-and-drop support from Spectacle to Chromium, and lets users configure the Gwenview image viewer to no longer display the image action buttons on thumbnails when they hover with the mouse cursor over them. Read more