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Linux Kernel 5.8 'The Biggest Release of All Time' is Finally Available Now

Monday 3rd of August 2020 09:00:00 PM

Linus Torvalds has called it "the biggest release of all time." Check out what the key changes are in the recently released Linux Kernel 5.8.

How to Install Thunderbird Email Client on Debian and Setup your GMail account in Thunderbird

Monday 3rd of August 2020 01:00:00 PM

A useful tutorial for those looking to access Gmail through an email client.

How to Clone or Backup Linux Disk Using Clonezilla

Sunday 2nd of August 2020 12:00:00 PM

Clonezilla is one of the greatest open source backup tools for Linux.

How To Quickly Build Virtual Machine Images With Virt-builder

Saturday 1st of August 2020 12:00:00 PM

Virt-builder is a command line tool for building variety of virtual machine images for local or cloud use, easily as well as quickly.

Anatomy of a Linux Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) configuration file

Friday 31st of July 2020 10:00:00 PM

Ever wonder how Pluggable Application Modules are configured in Linux? Learn the basics here.

Meet Karmbian, an ARM Linux Distro for Ethical Hackers Based on Kali Linux and Armbian

Friday 31st of July 2020 08:00:00 PM

Launched just a few days ago, Karmbian is a Kali Linux based distribution optimized for ARM devices.

Automate virtual machine deployment with Ansible: Design

Friday 31st of July 2020 04:00:00 PM

The first of three articles to help you automate VM creation on Red Hat Virtualization by using Ansible. This article focuses on goals, design, and assumptions.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux runs into Boothole patch trouble

Friday 31st of July 2020 01:00:00 AM

BootHole and Seven Other Vulnerabilities Patched in GRUB2, Update Your Distros Now

Thursday 30th of July 2020 01:00:00 PM

Developers from several popular GNU/Linux distributions coordinated the release of updates for the GRUB2 bootloader, which is used in almost all distros to allow users to patch their systems against no less than eight security vulnerabilities.

VMware Hands Control of Kubernetes Ingress Project Contour Over to CNCF

Thursday 30th of July 2020 02:00:00 AM

Joe Beda, one of its creators, said one reason for the move was reassuring non-VMware developers that Contour's development wouldn't be steered by a single company.

IBM Launches Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE) Toolkit for Linux

Thursday 30th of July 2020 01:00:00 AM

Previously available for macOS and iOS, IBM's Fully Homomorphic Encryption toolkit is now available on Linux too.

OpenShift tip: Resolve a terminating state issue

Wednesday 29th of July 2020 05:00:00 PM

Learning to troubleshoot is an important part of making hybrid cloud operations successful.

10 Linux commands to know the system

Wednesday 29th of July 2020 03:00:00 PM

Here are 10 Linux command to know the system and increase your productivity quickly. Open the terminal application and then start typing these commands to know your Linux desktop or cloud server/VM.

Jobs in Kubernetes

Wednesday 29th of July 2020 01:00:00 PM

A job creates one or more Pods to perform a particular operation and ensures the pods successfully terminate.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 Enters Beta with Improved Security, New System Roles

Wednesday 29th of July 2020 01:00:00 AM

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 promises to be yet another hefty update to the latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 operating system series, improving IT security and compliance with new security profiles, updating the developer tools, and adding new Red Hat Enterprise Linux System Roles to enforce remote work strategies.

BigBlueButton: Open Source Software for Online Teaching

Wednesday 29th of July 2020 12:00:00 AM

In the crowd of video conferencing tools, BigBlueButton stands out for its focus on providing helpful features tailored for online teaching.

The 6 Best Open Source Web Servers

Tuesday 28th of July 2020 08:00:00 PM

Apache HTTP Server, colloquially known as Apache or httpd in Red Hat distributions, is a free and open source web server developed by Apache Software Foundation under Apache License version 2.

Thoughts on Ergonomics in Gnome/GTK Software

Tuesday 28th of July 2020 06:00:00 PM

The GNOME project had the Usability Project from 2001 to 2011 and now apparently has design teams to cover usability. GNOME also came up with the HIG - the Human Interface Guidelines. So you would think the GNOME world is well prepared in terms of software ergonomics as far as human to interface interactions go.

Instagram OSINT with python tools

Tuesday 28th of July 2020 05:00:00 PM

Progressing in my journey as a beginner hacker, I decided to share some useful tools in Instagram OSINT.

More in Tux Machines

Linspire 9.0 Released

Today our development team is excited to announce the release of Linspire 9.0; packed with a TON of improvements and security updates, this is a major update that we’ve been working hard to get out to our faithful users. The global pandemic has delayed its release, but the development team has worked diligently and meticulously behind-the-scenes over the past few months, fine-tuning every detail of what is widely considered to be the premier Linux desktop on the market today. The Linspire 9.0 series will be the last one featuring the 18.04 LTS codebase; upcoming Linspire X will be based on the 20.04 LTS code and kernel. Read more Also: Linspire 9.0 Officially Released, Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and Linux 5.4 LTS

today's leftovers

  • Fast Bare Metal provisioning and infrastructure automation with MAAS
  • [Updated] Michael Stapelberg: Optional dependencies don’t work

    In the i3 projects, we have always tried hard to avoid optional dependencies. There are a number of reasons behind it, and as I have recently encountered some of the downsides of optional dependencies firsthand, I summarized my thoughts in this article.

  • Benchmarking NetBSD, second evaluation report

    This report was written by Apurva Nandan as part of Google Summer of Code 2020. This blog post is in continuation of GSoC Reports: Benchmarking NetBSD, first evaluation report blog and describes my progress in the second phase of GSoC 2020 under The NetBSD Foundation. In this phase, I worked on the automation of the regression suite made using Phoronix Test Suite (PTS) and its integration with Anita. The automation framework consists of two components Phoromatic server, provided by Phoronix Test Suite in pkgsrc, and Anita, a Python tool for automating NetBSD installation.

  • Interest in Kodi Declines After a Turmultuous Few Years of Piracy Headlines

    After many years of being mentioned in the same breath as movie and TV show piracy, interest in the Kodi media player appears to have peaked and is now on the decline. That's according to Google Trends data which suggests that after reaching a high in early 2017, interest via search is now on a continuous downward trend.

Programming Leftovers

  • RcppSimdJson 0.1.1: More Features

    A first update following for the exciting RcppSimdJson 0.1.0 release last month is now on CRAN. Version 0.1.1 brings further enhancements such direct parsing of raw chars, working with compressed files as well as much expanded querying ability all thanks to Brendan, some improvements to our demos thanks to Daniel as well as a small fix via a one-liner borrowed from upstream for a reported UBSAN issue. RcppSimdJson wraps the fantastic and genuinely impressive simdjson library by Daniel Lemire and collaborators. Via very clever algorithmic engineering to obtain largely branch-free code, coupled with modern C++ and newer compiler instructions, it results in parsing gigabytes of JSON parsed per second which is quite mindboggling. The best-case performance is ‘faster than CPU speed’ as use of parallel SIMD instructions and careful branch avoidance can lead to less than one cpu cycle use per byte parsed; see the video of the talk by Daniel Lemire at QCon (also voted best talk).

  • Jonathan Dowland: Generic Haskell

    When I did the work described earlier in template haskell, I also explored generic programming in Haskell to solve a particular problem. StrIoT is a program generator: it outputs source code, which may depend upon other modules, which need to be imported via declarations at the top of the source code files. The data structure that StrIoT manipulates contains information about what modules are loaded to resolve the names that have been used in the input code, so we can walk that structure to automatically derive an import list. The generic programming tools I used for this are from Structure Your Boilerplate (SYB), a module written to complement a paper of the same name.

  • 9 reasons I upgraded from AngularJS to Angular

    In 2010, Google released AngularJS, an open source, JavaScript-based frontend structure for developing single-page applications (SPAs) for the internet. With its move to version 2.0 in 2016, the framework's name was shortened to Angular. AngularJS is still being developed and used, but Angular's advantages mean it's a smart idea to migrate to the newer version.

  • [Old/Odd] 5 news feautures of PHP-7.2

    Before PHP 7.2 the object keyword was used to convert one data type to another (boxing and unboxing), for example, an array to an object of the sdtClass class and/or vice versa, as of PHP 7.2 the object data type can be used as parameter type or as function return type.

  • This Week In Rust: This Week in Rust 351

Proprietary Software and Linux Foundation

  • [PCLinuxOS] Opera Browser updated to 70.0.3728.106

    Opera is a Chromium-based browser using the Blink layout engine. It differentiates itself because of a distinct user interface and other features.

  • Vivaldi Explains Why They Make "Proprietary Garbage"

    It is unfair to say that Vivaldi is not open source at all as someone like Distrotube has done, the way the company behind Vivaldi has decided to handle this application is by using a dual licensing system where the open source portion of the application is licensed under an open source BSD license but that's not the point of today, the point is to explain why they have decided to license their software in such a way.

  • Scientists Forced To Change Names Of Human Genes Because Of Microsoft's Failure To Patch Excel

    Six years ago, Techdirt wrote about a curious issue with Microsoft's Excel. A default date conversion feature was altering the names of genes, because they looked like dates. For example, the tumor suppressor gene DEC1 (Deleted in Esophageal Cancer 1) was being converted to "1-DEC". Hardly a widespread problem, you might think. Not so: research in 2016 found that nearly 20% of 3500 papers taken from leading genomic journals contained gene lists that had been corrupted by Excel's re-interpretation of names as dates. Although there don't seem to be any instances where this led to serious errors, there is a natural concern that it could distort research results. The good news is this problem has now been fixed. The rather surprising news is that it wasn't Microsoft that fixed it, even though Excel was at fault. As an article in The Verge reports:

  • The Linux Foundation Wants Open-Source Tech to Address Future Pandemics

    The Linux Foundation, which supports open-source innovation in blockchain tech, launched the Linux Foundation Public Health Initiative (LFPHI) at the end of July. The LFPHI’s goal is to promote the use of open source by public health authorities, which can be scrutinized by anyone, to fight not just COVID-19 but future pandemics as well.

  • LF Edge’s Akraino Project Release 3 Now Available, Unifying Open Source Blueprints Across MEC, AI, Cloud and Telecom Edge

    LF Edge, an umbrella organization within the Linux Foundation that aims to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system, today announced the availability of Akraino Release 3 (“Akraino R3”). Akraino’s third and most mature release to date delivers fully functional edge solutions– implemented across global organizations– to enable a diversity of edge deployments across the globe. New blueprints include a focus on MEC, AI/ML, and Cloud edge. In addition, the community authored the first iteration of a new white paper to bring common open edge API standards to align the industry.

  • Linux Foundation Launches Jenkins X Training Course

    Linux Foundation has launched a new training course, LFS268 – CI/CD with Jenkins X. Developed in conjunction with the Continuous Delivery Foundation, the course will introduce the fundamentals of Jenkins X.