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Linux 4.8 rc2

Monday 15th of August 2016 02:00:00 PM

Linus Torvalds: We've had a week since the merge window closed, and rc2 is out. Go test it.

Youker Assistant For Linux System Maintenance & Cleanup Tool

Monday 15th of August 2016 01:00:00 PM

Youker Assistant is Linux system maintenance application built by Ubuntu Kylin

How to Generate/Encrypt/Decrypt Random Passwords in Linux

Monday 15th of August 2016 12:00:00 PM

In this article, we will share some interesting Linux tips and tricks to generate random passwords and also how to encrypt and decrypt passwords with or without slat method.

Lubuntu Linux Team Is Ready to Begin the Migration Process to the LXQt Desktop

Monday 15th of August 2016 11:00:00 AM

The Lubuntu team had hesitated to switch away from LXDE because the LXQt desktop environment was still in development.

Amazon CTO Details the Evolution of the Cloud Model

Monday 15th of August 2016 01:00:00 AM

When Amazon Web Services first launched it was all about compute, storage and networking, but now it's about a whole lot more.

Amazon Announces Application Load Balancer for the Cloud

Sunday 14th of August 2016 09:00:00 PM

Amazon CTO calls the new tech 'magic'

Tech Comics: Benefits of Health Wearables

Sunday 14th of August 2016 05:00:00 PM

Wearables have their advantages, though not always the ones you expect.

Ardour 5.0 Open Source DAW Officially Released with Tabbed User Interface

Sunday 14th of August 2016 01:00:00 PM

Prominent new features of Ardour 5.0 include tabbed user interface, support for control masters (VCAs), support for tempo ramps, support for writing scripts in the Lua programming language

Is it wrong to use Microsoft products on Linux?

Sunday 14th of August 2016 01:00:00 AM

 For decades Microsoft was the 'enemy' of Linux and even today it still has intellectual property claims against open-source.

Calibre 2.64 eBook Library Manager Lets You Customize Comments-Like Columns

Saturday 13th of August 2016 09:00:00 PM

Calibre 2.64 is now the latest and most advanced version of the application designed for book lovers

Linux 4.9 Will Be the Next LTS Kernel Branch, Says Greg Kroah-Hartman

Saturday 13th of August 2016 05:00:00 PM

We should see Linux kernel 4.9 LTS RC1 on October 16.

What is copyleft?

Saturday 13th of August 2016 01:00:00 PM

Richard Stallman isn't the only one that uses the term copyleft.

Everybody Should Be Haiku Writing

Saturday 13th of August 2016 06:00:00 AM

Remember BeOS?

The U.S. government now has an open source policy - but it doesn't go far enough

Saturday 13th of August 2016 02:00:00 AM

The U.S. government's new Federal Source Code policy is a step in the right direction

GPL enforcement action in Hellwig v. VMware dismissed, with an appeal expected

Friday 12th of August 2016 10:00:00 PM

A decision in the GPL enforcement case in Germany between Christoph Hellwig (supported by the Software Freedom Conservancy) and VMware recently became public.

Linux TCP flaw lets 'anyone' hijack Internet traffic

Friday 12th of August 2016 09:00:00 PM

What started as an attempt to secure TCP/IP in Linux ended up enabling an attack vector that can be used to break, or even hijack, Internet connections between Linux and Android systems.

Open source R extension simplifies data science with IBM Watson

Friday 12th of August 2016 08:00:00 PM

Available through Columbus Collaboratory's GitHub repository, CognizeR will help data scientists access a host of IBM Watson services without leaving their native development environment.

How to Install WordPress with Docker on Ubuntu

Friday 12th of August 2016 07:00:00 PM

 HowToForge: In this tutorial, we will install WordPress by using multiple docker containers.

How to find a package version in Linux

Friday 12th of August 2016 06:00:00 PM

Find an installed package version in Arch Linux, Debian, RHEL and their derivatives.

4 open source alternatives to Ghost for disk cloning

Friday 12th of August 2016 05:00:00 PM

Disk imaging and cloning doesn't require an expensive tool, or proprietary one.

More in Tux Machines

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.