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Neon: A Wannabe Linux Distro For KDE Lovers

Friday 19th of July 2019 05:11:52 PM
KDE Neon is a bit of an oddball Linux thing. Linuxland has an impressive collection of oddball things. Neon looks and feels much like a Linux distribution, but its developers assert quite openly on their website that Neon is not a real Linux distro. It just installs and functions like one -- sort of. That can make deciding to use it a little confusing. Neon appears to be a Linux operating system. It boots your computer. It displays a full desktop environment. It runs *some* applications.

Code Cracker Turing to Be on 50-Quid Notes

Tuesday 16th of July 2019 07:09:46 PM
Alan Turing, the British mathematician known for his World War II code-breaking exploits and for a test to distinguish between human and machine intelligence, will be on 50-pound notes in the UK by the end of 2021. The Bank of England, which made the announcement, explained that Turing, who died in 1954, was chosen from a field of 989 eligible characters after a public nomination period. Other characters included theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, mathematician Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, maker of a mechanical computer.

Social Media, Crafters, Gamers and the Online Censorship Debate

Friday 12th of July 2019 07:09:30 PM
Ravelry, an online knitting community that has more than 8 million members, last month announced that it would ban forum posts, projects, patterns and even profiles from users who supported the Trump administration. "We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy," the administrators posted on the site. "Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy," the post added. The administrators have maintained that they aren't endorsing Democrats or banning Republicans.

Debian Linux 10 'Buster' Places Stability Ahead of Excitement

Friday 12th of July 2019 12:00:00 PM
After 25 months of development, the makers of the granddaddy of the Linux OSes released an upgrade that updates many of the software packages and plays general catch-up with modern Linux trends. However, Debian Linux 10 Buster is a boring upgrade. It does little to draw attention to its merits. For serious Linux users, though, boring can be endearing. It reinforces Debian's reliability and ultimate stability. Debian by design is more conservative in upgrading application packages and venturing into new technologies.

The Router's Obstacle-Strewn Route to Home IoT Security

Wednesday 10th of July 2019 12:00:00 PM
It is newly minted conventional wisdom that not a single information security conference goes by without a presentation about the abysmal state of IoT security. While this is a boon for researchers looking to make a name for themselves, this sorry state of affairs is definitely not beneficial for anyone who owns a connected device. IoT device owners aren't the only ones fed up, though. Right behind them is Eldridge Alexander, manager of Duo Labs at Duo Security. Even better, he has a plan, and the experience to lend it some credibility.

Mageia 7 Pushes Linux Desktop Boundaries

Monday 8th of July 2019 06:51:12 PM
Mageia 7 redefines the concept of traditional Linux. It is a solid operating system well suited to both newcomers and seasoned Linux users alike. The Mageia distro is a powerhouse Linux OS filled with features and options unmatched in other Linux versions. Mageia Linux is a fork of the now-defunct Mandriva Linux. It was developed by a team of former employees of the France-based commercial software company that folded Mandriva. The first Mageia version was released in September 2010.

Can You Hear Me Now? Staying Connected During a Cybersecurity Incident

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019 12:00:00 PM
While good communication is pretty much universally beneficial, there are times when it's more so than others. One such time? During a cybersecurity incident. Incident responders know that communication is paramount. Even a few minutes might mean the difference between closing an issue vs. allowing a risky situation to persist longer than it needs to. In fact, communication -- both within the team and externally with different groups -- is one of the most important tools at the disposal of the response team.

Escuelas Linux Is Much More Than an Enlightened Linux Retread

Friday 28th of June 2019 12:00:27 PM
Escuelas Linux caught me by surprise. This Linux distro is a prime example of how a programmer can take an open source operating system that matches his own developmental strategy and turn it into a much different product with an identical look and feel. What makes the surprise so appealing is how effectively one distro becomes another while both continue to coexist equally. Developer Alejandro Díaz integrated his own features to create a new distro without rebranding what he borrowed. Linux distros share a lot of give and take.

Next-Gen Raspberry Pi 4 Packs Power Plus Potential

Tuesday 25th of June 2019 05:59:05 PM
The next big Raspberry Pi thing is now here, with lots more computing power and more options. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the availability of Raspberry Pi 4, a comprehensive upgrade that touches nearly every element of the computing platform. Raspberry Pi 4 offers users a choice of three memory capacities. The entry-level 1 GB RAM retains the signature $35 price; 2 GB costs $45; 4 GB sells for $55. Prices exclude sales tax, import duty and shipping.

With Regolith, i3 Tiling Window Management Is Awesome, Strange and Easy

Thursday 20th of June 2019 05:33:03 PM
Regolith Linux brings together three unusual computing components that make traipsing into the i3 tiling window manager world out-of-the-box easy. Much of the focus and attraction -- as well as confusion -- for newcomers to the Linux OS is the variety of desktop environments available. Some Linux distributions offer a range of desktop types. Others come only with a choice of one desktop. i3 provides yet another option, but it is a much different choice that offers an entirely new approach to how you interact with the operating system.

Firefox Users Warned to Patch Critical Flaw

Thursday 20th of June 2019 10:23:16 AM
Firefox users should update their browsers immediately to fix a critical zero-day vulnerability. Anyone using Firefox on a Windows, macOS or Linux desktop is at risk. Mozilla issued a patch Tuesday, but the vulnerability was discovered by Samuel Groß of Google Project Zero on April 15. Mozilla implemented the fix after digital currency exchange Coinbase reported exploitation of the vulnerability for targeted spearphishing attacks. Hackers have been going after cryptocurrency with a vengeance.

In Zuck We Trust: Facebook to Launch Own Cryptocurrency

Wednesday 19th of June 2019 05:37:13 PM
Facebook's plans to mint its own digital coin next year will test the company's consumer credibility. After being savaged for months for its cavalier attitude toward users' privacy, the social network will be asking those same users to trust its new cryptocurrency. The currency, called "Libra," will be stashed in a digital wallet, the first product of new Facebook financial services subsidiary Calibra. The wallet will be available in Messenger and WhatsApp, as well as in a standalone program.

Enso OS Makes Xfce Elementary

Friday 14th of June 2019 07:13:57 PM
Sometimes new Linux distros still in beta can offer pleasant surprises with a key feature not available elsewhere. Check out Enso OS for a prime example. Enso OS is a relatively new Linux distribution that debuted a couple of years ago. It is a custom build of Xubuntu 18.04 and features the Xfce desktop combined with Gala, a Mutter-based window/compositing manager designed for use in Elementary OS and its Pantheon Shell. Enso OS features the Panther application launcher and a modified Plank dock. It also comes with a full-feature panel bar.

How to Sync Google Drive on Linux

Wednesday 12th of June 2019 07:16:42 PM
Two of the more commonly used cloud storage services for personal use are Google Drive and Dropbox. Either one can be a suitable choice for storing personal files using free or paid plans. That said, Google Drive, despite long-festering promises by Google to provide a non-browser-based file client for Linux users, requires a manual overhead to manage files through its Web browser-only interface. Coming to the rescue are a variety of free and low-cost commercial solutions for Linux users to sync files automatically.

MX Linux Reinvents Computer Use

Thursday 6th of June 2019 06:36:13 PM
MX Linux is an appealing midweight Linux operating system. The midweight category is a bit unusual. Desktop environments that run well on minimal hardware typically fall into the lightweight category. Lightweight environments like Xfce, LXDE/LXQt, Enlightenment and iceWM often are paired with software applications that do not tax system resources with heavy graphics and animations. Lightweight Linux distros are good choices to keep aging computers running fast and furious. So-called midweight distros push the resource limits a bit.

Deepin Linux: Security Threat or Safe to Use?

Friday 31st of May 2019 04:40:20 PM
Open source operating systems in general are less worrisome because their code is open to inspection by anyone with the skills to understand it. Does that mean Linux computing platforms from nongovernmental sources in politically tense countries are equally worry-free? At least one situation last year brought FOSS' safe-to-use reputation into question. Given that several governments -- including the U.S. -- have concerns with Android-based mobile phone products made by Huawei, should related security concerns extend to Deepin Linux?

GitHub Opens New Door to Financial Support for Open Source Devs

Wednesday 29th of May 2019 05:29:26 PM
GitHub has made it easier for open source developers to garner financial support as recipients of paid sponsorships. GitHub Sponsors, launched in beta last week, is a new funding mechanism that enables open source users to make recurring payments, much like crowdfunding services such as Patreon and managed open source subscription services backed by creators and maintainers, like Tidelift. GitHub also launched the GitHub Sponsors Matching Fund to boost community funding efforts.

How to Set Up Your Computer to Auto-Restart After a Power Outage

Tuesday 28th of May 2019 05:20:40 PM
Aside from malware and viruses, nothing has the potential to be more dangerous to your computer's health than power outages. Here is how to ensure your computer keeps it boot on when a power failure turns the lights off. With the approach of the turbulent summer season, it is important to know what kills the electrical lifeline, how to safeguard your digital gear from fatal reboot disease, and how to reach the desktop when the computer refuses to restart. This knowledge is vital whether you work in a business office or in your own home office.

Linux Mint Turns Cinnamon Experience Bittersweet

Friday 24th of May 2019 12:00:00 PM
Linux Mint no longer may be an ideal choice for above-par performance out of the box, but it still can serve diehard users well with the right amount of post-installation tinkering. The Linux Mint distro clearly is the gold standard for measuring Cinnamon desktop integration. Linux Mint's developers turned the GNOME desktop alternative into one of the best Linux desktop choices. Linux Mint Cinnamon, however, may have lost some of its fresh minty flavor. The gold standard for version 19.1 Tessa seems to be a bit tarnished.

Budgeting Software Options to Keep Linux Users From Seeing Red

Friday 17th of May 2019 04:48:53 PM
Budgeting apps come in all sizes and shapes. Budget apps for Linux are part of a software category that has been all but abandoned. But take heart. A number of Web-based solutions will more than meet your budget-tracking needs. If you still insist on finding a pure Linux-based application, do not mix the concept of open source with free. If you want an actual free budget program that works well with your flavor of Linux OS, a Web-based offering may your only option. A few of these non-Linux solutions are proprietary products.

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