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Tips on Adding Linux to Your Developer Skill Set

Monday 22nd of August 2016 06:00:00 PM

 devproconnections: The time when developers and administrators can get by with only Microsoft in their bag of tricks is over.

How to configure Wi-fi+Lan bridged access point in pfSense firewall router

Monday 22nd of August 2016 05:00:00 PM

 Nixcraft: How do I configure a bridged LAN wifi access point (AP) network and setup pfSense?

How to Password-Protect Directories with mod_authn_dbd and MySQL on Apache (Debian 8)

Monday 22nd of August 2016 04:00:00 PM

 HowToForge: This guide explains how to password-protect web directories (with users from a MySQL database) with mod_authn_dbd on Apache2 on a Debian 8 (Jessie) server.

Building an open medical records system for the developing world

Monday 22nd of August 2016 03:00:00 PM

Judy Chichoya is a Kenyan medical doctor specializing in radiology and an experienced programmer who's accelerating the growth of OpenMRS.

Uproar: MariaDB Corp. veers away from open source

Monday 22nd of August 2016 01:00:00 PM

InfoWorld: A new release of the MaxScale database proxy -- essential to deploying MariaDB at scale -- features a proprietary license

Intel's New Joule IoT Development Board Is Powered by Snappy Ubuntu Core

Monday 22nd of August 2016 12:00:00 PM

Canonical is always on top of things making its Ubuntu Snappy Core operating system compatible with the latest development boards and embedded devices.

Linux Kernel 4.7.2 Is a Big Update with Numerous AMDGPU and ARM64 Improvements

Monday 22nd of August 2016 11:00:00 AM

 softpedia: The changes are big

LinuxCon to Highlight How Linux Has Changed in Its 25 Years

Monday 22nd of August 2016 05:00:00 AM

eWEEK: Linux users are set to assemble for the annual LinuxCon event, this time celebrating the 25th anniversary of the technology and how it has changed.

Linux 4.8 rc3

Monday 22nd of August 2016 01:00:00 AM

Linus Torvalds: It all looks pretty sane, I'm not seeing anything hugely scary here.

10 Linux Distros You Should Know About

Sunday 21st of August 2016 09:00:00 PM

How many times have you heard about a new Linux distribution, only to see it's just another Ubuntu remix?

Intel Euclid: a brain, vision, sensors, and hotspot module for robots

Sunday 21st of August 2016 05:00:00 PM

Intel demoed a "Euclid" robotics compute module at the IDF event.

The Linux File System Structure Explained

Sunday 21st of August 2016 09:41:09 AM

 LinuxandUbuntu: I found the Linux filesystem structure to be a bit confusing, simply because I didn't know anything other than the Windows file system

Docker 1.12.1 Released; Brings Huge Improvements for Raspberry Pi Installs

Saturday 20th of August 2016 09:00:00 PM

InternetNews: Aside from a solid number of bug fixes that actually make swarm-mode very stable, there is a big update in the 1.2.1 update with an official ARM update that brings an easy installation to Raspberry Pi devices.

How to Convert From RPM to DEB and DEB to RPM Package Using Alien

Saturday 20th of August 2016 05:00:00 PM

 tecmint: In this article we will introduce you to alien, a tool that converts between different Linux package formats

Beyond Linux: 7 Open-Source Projects the Linux Foundation Is Leading

Saturday 20th of August 2016 01:00:00 PM

eWEEK: In the last decade, the mission of the foundation has expanded beyond the confines of the Linux kernel.

How do I permanently erase hard disk with a live Linux CD?

Saturday 20th of August 2016 06:00:00 AM

 Nixcraft: The secure removal of data is not as easy as you may think.

Tech Comics: "Auto-Complete?"

Friday 19th of August 2016 10:01:14 PM

 Datamation: It's easy to spell a complicated word with auto-complete -- or, well, maybe not.

Open source COM and carriers become 3D-printable computers

Friday 19th of August 2016 10:00:00 PM

 hackerboards: Rhombus Tech's Allwinner A20 based, "fully libre" EOMA68 COM and carrier boards can be installed in 3D printed mini-PC or laptop cases.

Weather Company CIO: The competitive value of taking risks earlier

Friday 19th of August 2016 09:00:00 PM

 enterprisersproject: Why taking more risks can pay off in a big way.

Canonical Becomes a Patron of KDE e.V.

Friday 19th of August 2016 08:00:00 PM

KDE and Canonical's Ubuntu have collaborated for years.

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Avidemux 2.6.13 Open-Source Video Editor Gets AAC/ADTS Import and Export

The developers of the Avidemux open-source and cross-platform video editor software have announced a new maintenance update in the 2.6 series, bringing multiple improvements, bug fixes, and a handful of new features. Read more

5 Best Linux Distros for Security

Security is nothing new to Linux distributions. Linux distros have always emphasized security and related matters like firewalls, penetration testing, anonymity, and privacy. So it is hardly surprising that security conscious distributions are common place. For instance, Distrowatch lists sixteen distros that specialize in firewalls, and four for privacy. Most of these specialty security distributions, however, share the same drawback: they are tools for experts, not average users. Only recently have security distributions tried to make security features generally accessible for desktop users. Read more

Linux Foundation and Linux

  • How IoTivity and AllJoyn Could Combine
    At the Embedded Linux Conference in April, Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) Executive Director Mike Richmond concluded his keynote on the potential for interoperability between the OCF’s IoTivity IoT framework and the AllSeen Alliance’s AllJoyn spec by inviting to the stage Greg Burns, the chief architect of AllJoyn. Burns briefly shared his opinion that not only was there no major technical obstacle to combining these two major open source IoT specs, but that by taking the best of both standards, a hybrid could emerge that improves upon both. Later in the day, Burns gave a technical overview of how such a hybrid could be crafted in “Evolving a Best-of-Breed IoT Framework.” (See video below.) Burns stated in both talks that his opinions in no way reflect the official position of OCF or the AllSeen Alliance. At the time of the ELC talk in April, Burns had recently left his job as VP of Engineering at Qualcomm and Chair of the Technical Steering Committee at the AllSeen Alliance to take on the position of Chief IoT Software Technologist in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corp.
  • ​Linus Torvalds' love-hate relationship with the GPL
    Linux's founder appreciates what the GNU General Public License has given Linux, but he doesn't appreciate how some open-source lawyers are trying to enforce it in court.
  • Linus Torvalds reflects on 25 years of Linux
    LinuxCon North America concluded in Toronto, Canada on August 25th, the day Linux was celebrating its 25th anniversary. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and Dirk Hohndel, VP and chief of open source at VMware, sat down for a conversation at the event and reflected upon the past 25 years. Here are some of the highlights of that conversation.
  • 6 things you should know from Linux's first 25 years
    Red Hat was founded in 1993, two years after Linux was announced and the company has been one of the top contributors to Linux. There is a symbiotic relationship between the company and the project. Whitehurst pointed out that it’s hard to talk about the history of Red Hat without talking about Linux and vice versa.
  • There Is Talk Of Resuming OpenChrome VIA KMS/DRM Driver Development
    Two or so years back or so it was looking hopeful that the mainline Linux kernel would finally have a proper VIA DRM/KMS driver for the unfortunate ones still have VIA x86 hardware and using the integrated graphics. However, that work was ultimately abandoned but there is talk of it being restored.

Security News

  • New FairWare Ransomware targeting Linux Computers [Ed: probably just a side effect of keeping servers unpatched]
    A new attack called FaireWare Ransomware is targeting Linux users where the attackers hack a Linux server, delete the web folder, and then demand a ransom payment of two bitcoins to get their files back. In this attack, the attackers most likely do not encrypt the files, and if they do retain the files, probably just upload it to a server under their control.
  • How do we explain email to an "expert"?
    This has been a pretty wild week, more wild than usual I think we can all agree. The topic I found the most interesting wasn't about one of the countless 0day flaws, it was a story from Slate titled: In Praise of the Private Email Server The TL;DR says running your own email server is a great idea. Almost everyone came out proclaiming it a terrible idea. I agree it's a terrible idea, but this also got me thinking. How do you explain this to someone who doesn't really understand what's going on? There are three primary groups of people. 1) People who know they know nothing 2) People who think they're experts 3) People who are actually experts
  • Why the term “zero day” needs to be in your brand’s cybersecurity vocabulary
    Linux is “open source” which means anyone can look at the code and point out flaws. In that sense, I’d say Linus Torvalds doesn’t have to be as omniscient as Tim Cook. Linux source code isn’t hidden behind closed doors. My understanding is, all the Linux code is out there for anyone to see, naked for anyone to scrutinize, which is why certain countries feel safer using it–there’s no hidden agenda or secret “back door” lurking in the shadows. Does that mean Android phones are safer? That’s up for debate.