I'm returning to school for the first time in a couple of decades, and I'm buying myself a new laptop to celebrate the occasion. I seem to be having the same problem everyone else is having, though, and that's finding a good laptop that is not only Linux-compatible, but free of the Windows tax.
So far, I've contacted Dell and Lenovo, and neither will sell me a consumer-grade laptop without Windows. Sure, Dell offers business-class systems with half the memory, HDD size, and processing power of comparably-priced consumer machines. I could buy an Inspiron 7550 with Windows 10, an i7 quad-core, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, and GTX 960M for $900; the "business model" that comes with Ubuntu, an i5 dual-core, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and Intel GPU for over $1000.
Does anyone know of a way to avoid paying for Windows on consumer-grade machines from major resellers? I don't feel like paying extra for a Windows-less "business" laptop that has subpar hardware compared to the consumer models.submitted by /u/derklempner
I apologize in advance for the subject line. I couldn't think of anything better....on to my question.
Some live distros, to this day, still hang and confuse newbies. Yes, nomodeset parameter almost always gets around this problem.
Is there any reason a mechanism could not be implemented to guarantee a video mode will work every time? If MS can do it with Windows installers I don't understand why linux can't? I admit Windows installs beforehand where Linux usually boots live.
Hope my question makes sense. If not, I will clarify in this post. Cheers.submitted by /u/2cats2hats
Okay so I'm enrolled in a Cyber Security/cyber science class and I'm basically learning how to Code Use C++ Using Linux terminal Programming
Now I'm VERY new to all of this and signed up cause I want to pursuit in this field after senior year (now).
My question is: is there any podcasts or books I can read to learn more of the stuff I listed? All the kids in my class look like the stereotypical "I'm a ddoser hack into your email and I hack into social media platforms" and they know much much more than I'll ever know. I just want to get on their knowledge level about all this technical stuff. So I don't look stupid just sitting there typing simple commands like "ifconfig" "ls" "ssh" yada yada
I tried google searching but no luck......
Anything helps thanks!submitted by /u/gabenoob27
Hey! I'm currently using faenza / faience icons with moka icons for intellij and phpstorm, but I do not find these moka icons squarish enough for faience. Does anyone know an icon theme which contains more squarish intellij and phpstorm icons closer to faience? Thanks!submitted by /u/masm64
After introducing three new Tizen devices-Samsung Z2,Samsung Gear S3 Frontier and Classic in the span of a week for the consumers, Samsung are now taking a major step in welcoming more developers on to the Tizen platform by releasing the Tizen Studio 1.0. Tizen Studio is the new name to what was previously known as the Tizen SDK. The revamped name is however not just a PR stunt this time and brings in a lot of necessary revisions and improvements on to the development side of Tizen.
- Linux – Justice Grinds Slowly But Eventually Gets Its Hacker
Do electronic voting machines put 2016 election at risk? [Ed: Microsoft inside]
Soon after the 2000 presidential elections went to a recount, Americans got acquainted with an exotic new vocabulary – hanging chads and butterfly ballots – and what lawmakers saw as a modern solution to the nightmare of punchcard voting systems: electronic voting machines.
In 2002, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act, pouring nearly $3 billion into an effort to get states to adopt those machines.
FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems [Ed: FBI also insists on back doors in everything!]
The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials.
Hack Brief: As FBI Warns Election Sites Got Hacked, All Eyes Are on Russia
In any other year, hackers breaking into a couple of state government websites through common web vulnerabilities would hardly raise a blip on the cybersecurity community’s radar. But in this strange and digitally fraught election season, the breach of two state board of election websites not only merits an FBI warning—it might just rise to the level of an international incident.
Ransomware Targets UK Hospitals, But NHS Won't Pay Up
Ransomware has caused massive headaches for hospitals. In February of this year, at least a dozen hospitals around the world had been seriously infected with malware demanding cash to retrieve their files. Some even resorted to pen-and-paper systems, and others gave the hackers over $10,000 worth of bitcoin to unlock their systems.
But judging by responses to Freedom of Information requests, UK hospitals are not paying hackers when ransomware strikes.
Motherboard asked National Health Service (NHS) trusts for details on attack figures and payments stretching back to January 2012. Many had been successfully hacked at some point (although on a limited scale, infecting only a small number of computers). Another piece of research carried out by cybersecurity company NCC Group found nearly half of 60 NHS Trusts suffered a ransomware attack in the last year.
Malware-ridden Word docs lead to Microsoft alert blurt
MICROSOFT HAS taken the trouble to warn Windows users about an attack that takes what trust people have left in the software and throws it out of the window.
The firm explained that the problem involves macros and the use of social engineering. People are tricked into downloading and then enabling malicious content that ultimately leads to trouble when they innocently use Word.
"Attackers have been using social engineering to avoid the increasing costs of exploitation due to the significant hardening and exploit mitigation investments in Windows," said the firm in a Microsoft TechNet blog post suggesting that this is a cheap shot by hackers.
About 70 credit card skimmers found at Michigan gas stations in past year
In the year since the first credit-card skimmer was found in a Michigan gas station, about 70 more have been discovered in the state according to a press release from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
"Approximately 70 credit card skimmers have been found and removed from gas pumps statewide since last year," said MDARD director Jamie Clover Adams. "Credit card skimmers will not be tolerated in Michigan. MDARD's Weights and Measures inspectors, gas station owners, and law enforcement remain on the hunt for skimmers to protect the state's consumers from fraud."
According to the MDARD, which inspects gas station pumps, the skimmers can't be seen from outside the pump and can be installed in seconds
The skimmers copy the consumer's card information for criminals to make fraudulent purchases.
Dropbox has been hacked for a reported 68 million personal records
ANOTHER DAY, another hacked site. Dropbox is the latest company to have its users' data dangled in harm's way after what appears to be a major cyber attack involving 68 million personal records.
The incident has been confirmed by venerable security researcher Troy Hunt, who claimed that he and his wife were affected.
Let's Encrypt client imported into -current
Kristaps Dzonsons' Let's Encrypt client, letskencrypt, has been imported into OpenBSD-current as acme-client.
letskencrypt, which has previously been available as a port, is a privilege-separated Let's Encrypt (ACME protocol) client written in C.
- The story of how WoSign gave me an SSL certificate for GitHub.com
Attackers Infect Transmission Torrent Client With OS X Malware
Researchers at ESET say that malware designed to steal the content of OS X’s keychain and maintain a permanent backdoor was found in a recent build of open source torrent client Transmission. Following an investigation, the Transmission team say they were subjected to an attack on their servers. Steps have been taken to ensure greater security in the future.
BitTorrent Client Transmission Again Victimized by OS X Malware
Just five months after Transmission was infected with the first "ransomware" ever found on the Mac, the popular BitTorrent client is again at the center of newly uncovered OS X malware.
Researchers at security website We Live Security have discovered the malware, called OSX/Keydnap, was spread through a recompiled version of Transmission temporarily distributed through the client's official website.
I am looking for help on my new Linux network. I recently got a machine that can do Virtualization which is handy to have. I have the main machine running Ubuntu 16.04 Server LTS. I just choose Ubuntu since I am not a great power Linux user but would like to learn more. I have a few different VMs running on it (running Ubuntu Server 16.04 as well). Each server does one task, IE: webserver, samba share, ect. My main machine runs Linux Mint. My girlfriend has a Macbook.
I am looking to have some form of central login authentication. I would like it to be able to integrate with Samba, SSH and the "physical" machine login. I have tried to install LDAP but I cannot get the client to user the valid username and password combo. It keeps telling me invalid user and I have searched online many places and cannot figure out why. I have looked at Samba4, Zentyal and Nethserver but they seems to be overkill as I do not need an AD.
Again as I stated I am alright with Linux but I do look for some step-by-step tutorials as I am not an expert with Linux by any means. What do you guys suggest? Do you have any tutorials to share?submitted by /u/Insecure05