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How to verify a Linux ISO image before installing it

Sunday 13th of October 2019 04:20:13 AM
Making use of the corrupted ISO images for installation can cause an unstable PC or in worst cases, an inoperable PC too. Hence, I suggest to first authenticate the ISO image before installing it.

Test drive a Linux distro online before you hate it

Saturday 12th of October 2019 05:37:02 PM
I have been using MX-Linux as the distro on my primary laptop for over a year now.  That’s the longest I’ve ever primarily used a single distro.  I’m proud of that accomplishment. It took me years to get here! When I first started with Linux, I was a notorious distro hopper, habitually jumping from one […]

How to install Google Fonts on Fedora

Friday 11th of October 2019 01:25:28 AM
Did you want to add some style to your documents or maybe create a beautiful banner on Gimp? You will need some stylish fonts to jazz it up a bit. In this tutorial, we are going to walk you through installing Google Fonts on Fedora by using the following two methods.

Tmux takes your Linux terminal to a whole new level

Thursday 10th of October 2019 02:16:00 AM
tmux is a terminal multiplexer. It allows several terminals to be created, accessed, and managed from a single screen. It also can perform some cool functions. Read on for more information.

Nvidia starts funding Blender development

Wednesday 9th of October 2019 12:40:15 AM
Nvidia has decided to help with the development of Blender massively as the company is now part of the Blender Foundation Development Fund.

Flatpak 1.5 released with version pinning and update monitoring

Tuesday 8th of October 2019 11:41:54 AM
We finally got to see a significant update to Flatpak, and it also happens to accompany several new features and enhancements. The new Flatpak 15.0 features version pinning, which means that you can now pin app versions and stop the system from automatically updating.

How to install Cinnamon Desktop on Fedora

Tuesday 8th of October 2019 02:00:43 AM
Fedora workstation comes with a GNOME desktop installed. If you do not prefer the GNOME look and would like to try Linux Mint's Cinnamon desktop, you can install it on your Fedora too. Let's show you how.

6 Essential Command-Line Utilities Every Linux User Should Know

Sunday 6th of October 2019 11:08:32 PM
Last week, we shared with you several “cool and fun” commands to get comfortable and confident with the Linux command-line. In our quest to further aid Linux users with mastery of the command line, or CLI, we present you with a variety of command-line utilities essential for all Linux users, regardless of proficiency level. Note: For […]

How to customize your Ubuntu terminal prompt

Friday 4th of October 2019 01:36:03 AM
Here, we're going to explain how users can customize the look of their Ubuntu Terminal. The final part of this article can be used in any other distribution as well.

How to install Odoo 12 with PostgreSQL 11 on CentOS 7

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019 03:26:19 PM
At FOSS Linux, we are focused on open-source apps, so in this tutorial, we are going to install and configure the Oddo community version on CentOS.

Linux Mint new logo revealed, LMDE 4 to be named Debbie

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019 02:06:55 PM
The Linux Mint Monthly newsletter for September has been posted and we've gotten to know some very important details about the future of Linux Mint and LMDE 4.

Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) Beta Installation and Overview

Tuesday 1st of October 2019 09:18:06 PM
It may be early, but I've been looking forward to the release of Ubuntu 19.10 for some time now. As an impatient person, and promised readers in the FOSSLinux article announcing the release of Eoan Ermine that we would provide you a review of Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine - Beta.  So, here it goes.

Linux kernel 5.4 to get lockdown functionality

Monday 30th of September 2019 09:52:16 PM
After years of review and deliberation, Linux creator and principal developer Linus Torvalds approved a new security feature for the Linux kernel, referred to as 'lockdown.'

How to install and configure Docker-CE on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Monday 30th of September 2019 01:25:54 AM
Docker is a containerization technology designed to create, deploy, and run applications by using containers —from hybrid cloud to the edge. This tutorial provides you fully tested step-by-step guide on installation the Docker on your Ubuntu system.

6 cool and fun Linux commands you don’t want to miss

Sunday 29th of September 2019 02:01:12 AM
The real purpose of this article is to help Linux newbies get comfortable and confident with the Linux command-line.  While knowledge and comfort of the Linux GUI allow great power, it is the mastery of the command line, or CLI, affords the Linux user unlimited power and certifies them as a Linux power user well on their way to becoming an expert.

Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine Beta available for download

Saturday 28th of September 2019 01:31:59 AM
FOSS Linux first brought you news of Eoan Ermine back in May of this year.  Earlier this month, we reported on the Canonical Team's decision to use LZ4 compression in Ubuntu 19.10 as it was the most effective compromise between best compression and decompression.

Long-anticipated Librem 5 Linux Phones start shipping

Thursday 26th of September 2019 09:51:06 PM
After almost a year of delays, Purism's Librem 5 phones are shipping to users who pre-ordered from the first batch. Purism is taking a unique approach in its rollout strategy of the phones. Each batch, codenamed a type of tree, contains gets progressively better with each batch. Read on.

How to install and use the Tor Browser on Linux

Thursday 26th of September 2019 01:31:01 AM
Tor is a short abbreviation for The Onion Router. It is a free and open-source web browser that is used to surf the web anonymously and keep your data private. A nonprofit organization develops it. No one can trace your IP address nor your browsing activity when the application is used efficiently.

For CentOS, the hits keep coming, CentOS 8.0 released

Wednesday 25th of September 2019 03:35:08 AM
Today, the CentOS Linux project announced the release and availability of CentOS 8.0 (1905), fresh on the heels of their release of CentOS Linux 7.7 (1908) just a week ago.

How to run Ubuntu using the Windows Subsystem for Linux

Tuesday 24th of September 2019 02:55:54 AM
Earlier this week, we reported on the first-ever Windows Linux conference, WSLconf 1, this coming March.  WSLConf 1 promises to center on Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

More in Tux Machines

FOSS in SaaS/Back End/Databases

  • What to expect from Scylla Summit 2019

    Scylla (the company) takes its name directly from Scylla [pronounced: sill-la], a Greek god sea monster whose mission was to haunt and torment the rocks of a narrow strait of water opposite the Charybdis whirlpool. Outside of Greek history, Scylla is an open source essentially distributed NoSQL data store that uses a sharded design on each node, meaning each CPU core handles a different subset of data.

  • Licence to grill: A year on, MongoDB's Eliot Horowitz talks to The Reg about SSPL

    A year after its controversial switch to the Server Side Public License (SSPL), and with new products livening up the summer, MongoDB remains unrepentant. The change was aimed at making vendors selling a service using the company's code share the source of applications used to run the service as well as any tweaks. The move appeared to be aimed squarely at cloud vendors, content to "capture all the value and give nothing back to the community," as Dev Ittycheria, CEO of MongoDB, told us at the time. Elements of the open source community were less than impressed. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) rejected the company's attempts to get the licence approved and eventually MongoDB withdrew the thing from the process, although the company continued to use it for its own products. Indeed, at MongoDB's London .Local event, where we met co-founder and CTO Eliot Horowitz, the company was trumpeting the opening up of its Compass GUI for MongoDB under the SSPL.

  • From Russia with OLAP: Percona uses ClickHouse analytics

    At Percona Live Europe last week, one such example came up around the open source scene that is developing in Russia and how one of the projects that is now starting to open up to international use.

  • The love and the lament: Percona CEO details state of open source data

    Open source has changed, obviously it has. Starting from its origins among the hobbyist programmers and hackers who dared to defy the proprietary Silicon Valley behemoths, the open community-centric model for software development has now been widely adopted by the commercial software sector. In many cases, open source has become the norm for modern platforms, tools and applications. But how has this affected the nature of open development and what impact has this shift left in its wake on the data landscape that we view today?

  • GraphDB 9.0 Open Sources Its Front End and Engine Plugins to Support Knowledge Graph Solutions

    Ontotext has announced GraphDB 9.0, which is aimed at lowering the effort required for development and continuous operation of knowledge graphs by opening multiple integration extension points for its users and developers. GraphDB is a database for managing semantic information with more than 30 large production installations in big enterprises. With the growing complexity of enterprise data integration, many organizations are starting the journey of building knowledge graphs.

  • Ververica Announces Open Source Framework to Enable Lightweight, Stateful Applications at Scale

    Ververica, the original creators of Apache Flink, today announced at Flink Forward Europe the launch of Stateful Functions (statefun.io), an open source framework that reduces the complexity of building and orchestrating stateful applications at scale. Stateful Functions enables users to define loosely coupled, independent functions with a low footprint that can interact consistently and reliably in a shared pool of resources. Ververica will propose the project, licensed under Apache 2.0, to the Apache Flink community as an open source contribution.

  • DataStax offers bidirectional data dexterity for Apache Kafka

    DataStax has opened up ‘early access’ to its DataStax Change Data Capture (CDC) Connector for Apache Kafka, the open source stream-processing (where applications can use multiple computational units, similar to parallel processing) software platform. As a company, DataStax offers a commercially supported ‘enterprise-robust’ database built on open source Apache Cassandra. Stream processing is all about speed and cadence, so, the DataStax CDC Connector for Apache Kafka gives developers ‘bidirectional data movement’ between DataStax, Cassandra and Kafka clusters.

Security: WireGuard, SafeBreach and More

  • WireGuard Snapshot `0.0.20191012` Available
    -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
    Hash: SHA256
    
    Hello,
    
    A new snapshot, `0.0.20191012`, has been tagged in the git repository.
    
    Please note that this snapshot is a snapshot rather than a final
    release that is considered secure and bug-free. WireGuard is generally
    thought to be fairly stable, and most likely will not crash your
    computer (though it may).  However, as this is a snapshot, it comes
    with no guarantees; it is not applicable for CVEs.
    
    With all that said, if you'd like to test this snapshot out, there are a
    few relevant changes.
    
    == Changes ==
    
      * qemu: bump default version
      * netns: add test for failing 5.3 FIB changes
      
      Kernels 5.3.0 - 5.3.3 crash (and are probably exploitable) via this one liner:
      
      unshare -rUn sh -c 'ip link add dummy1 type dummy && ip link set dummy1 up && ip -6 route add default dev dummy1 && ip -6 rule add table main suppress_prefixlength 0 && ping -f 1234::1'
      
      We fixed this upstream here:
      
      https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/davem/net.git/commit/?id=ca7a03c4175366a92cee0ccc4fec0038c3266e26
      
      This is relevant to WireGuard because a very similar sequence of commands is
      used by wg-quick(8).
      
      So, we've now added some tests to catch this code path in the future. While
      the bug here was a random old use-after-free, the test checks the general
      policy routing setup used by wg-quick(8), so that we make sure this continues
      to work with future kernels.
      
      * noise: recompare stamps after taking write lock
      
      We now recompare counters while holding a write lock.
      
      * netlink: allow preventing creation of new peers when updating
      
      This is a small enhancement for wg-dynamic, so that we can update peers
      without readding them if they've already been removed.
      
      * wg-quick: android: use Binder for setting DNS on Android 10
      
      wg-quick(8) for Android now supports Android 10 (Q). We'll be releasing a new
      version of the app for this later today.
    
    This snapshot contains commits from: Jason A. Donenfeld and Nicolas Douma.
    
    As always, the source is available at https://git.zx2c4.com/WireGuard/ and
    information about the project is available at https://www.wireguard.com/ .
    
    This snapshot is available in compressed tarball form here:
      https://git.zx2c4.com/WireGuard/snapshot/WireGuard-0.0.20191012.tar.xz
      SHA2-256: 93573193c9c1c22fde31eb1729ad428ca39da77a603a3d81561a9816ccecfa8e
      BLAKE2b-256: d7979c453201b9fb6b1ad12092515b27ea6899397637a34f46e74b52b36ddf56
    
    A PGP signature of that file decompressed is available here:
      https://git.zx2c4.com/WireGuard/snapshot/WireGuard-0.0.20191012.tar.asc
      Signing key: AB9942E6D4A4CFC3412620A749FC7012A5DE03AE
    
    If you're a snapshot package maintainer, please bump your package version. If
    you're a user, the WireGuard team welcomes any and all feedback on this latest
    snapshot.
    
    Finally, WireGuard development thrives on donations. By popular demand, we
    have a webpage for this: https://www.wireguard.com/donations/
    
    Thank you,
    Jason Donenfeld
    
  • WireGuard 0.0.20191012 Released With Latest Fixes

    WireGuard is still working on transitioning to the Linux kernel's existing crypto API as a faster approach to finally make it into the mainline kernel, but for those using the out-of-tree WireGuard secure VPN tunnel support, a new development release is available.

  • SafeBreach catches vulnerability in controversial HP Touchpoint Analytics software

    Now the feature is embroiled in another minor controversy after security researchers at SafeBreach said they uncovered a new vulnerability. HP Touchpoint Analytics comes preinstalled on many HP devices that run Windows. Every version below 4.1.4.2827 is affected by what SafeBreach found. In a blog post, SafeBreach Labs security researcher Peleg Hadar said that because the service is executed as "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM," it is afforded extremely powerful permissions that give it wide access. "The CVE-2019-6333 vulnerability gives attackers the ability to load and execute malicious payloads using a signed service. This ability might be abused by an attacker for different purposes such as execution and evasion, for example: Application Whitelisting Bypass Signature Validation Bypassing," Hadar wrote. [...] The company has long had to defend HP Touchpoint Analytics against critics who say it gives HP unnecessary access to users' systems. When it first became widely noticed in 2017, dozens of users complained that they had not consented to adding the system.

  • Security Tool Sprawl Reaches Tipping Point
  • How trusted digital certificates complement open source security

    Application developers incorporating open source software into their designs may only discover later that elements of this software have left them (and their customers) exposed to cyber-attacks.

  • Securing the Container Supply Chain

FOSS in Finance/Currency Leftovers

Programming Leftovers

  • Xilinx unveils open source FPGA platform

    The Vitis unified software platform from FPGA vendor Xilinx is the result of five-year project to create software development tools using familiar languages like C++ and Python to develop a wide range of applications for its reprogrammable chip.

  • Listen: How ActiveState is tackling “dependency hell” by providing enterprise-level support for open source programming languages [Podcast]

    “Open source back in the late nineties – and even throughout the 2000s – was really hard to use,” ActiveState CEO Bart Copeland says. “Our job,” he continues, “was to make it much easier for developers to use open source and much easier for enterprises to use open source.”

  • 10 open source projects proving the power of Google Go

    Now 10 years in the wild, Google’s Go programming language has certainly made a name for itself. Lightweight and quick to compile, Go has stirred significant interest due to its generous libraries and abstractions that ease the development of concurrent and distributed (read: cloud) applications. But the true measure of success of any programming language is the projects that developers create with it. Go has proven itself as a first choice for fast development of network services, software infrastructure projects, and compact and powerful tools of all kinds.

  • The Eclipse Foundation Launches The Eclipse Cloud Development Tools Working Group for Cloud Native Software

    The Eclipse Foundation today announced the launch of the Eclipse Cloud Development Tools Working Group (ECD WG), a vendor-neutral open source collaboration that will focus on development tools for and in the cloud. The ECD WG will drive the evolution and broad adoption of emerging standards for cloud-based developer tools, including language support, extensions, marketplaces, and developer workspace definition. Founding members of the ECD WG include Broadcom, EclipseSource, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, SAP, Software AG, and Typefox among many others.

  • You cannot cURL under pressure

    With cURL having this many features (with the general mass of them being totally unknown to me, let alone how you use them) got me thinking… What if you could do a game show style challenge for them?

  • Follow-up on ‘ASCII Transliteration without ICU or iconv’

    By an anonymous commenter, I got pointed to that Unicode (in Qt) is slightly more complicated than I had considered when writing the code: I missed to handle planes beyond the Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP) and the ‘surrogates’ between code points 0xD800 and 0xDFFF. In a series of recently pushed Git commits I addressed problem of surrogates and fixed some more issues. Some preparatory work has been done to support more planes in the future, but as of now, only the BMP is supported. For details, please have a look at the five commits posted on 2019-10-12.