Debian-Based Clonezilla Live 2.4.2-29 Is Out with Partclone 0.2.81 and Lots of Bugfixes
On the first day of August 2015, Steven Shiau has released a new testing version of his popular Clonezilla Live CD, which can be used for disk cloning and imaging operations, version 2.4.2-29.
Arch Linux-Based BlackArch Penetration Testing Distro Now Using Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS
The development team behind the BlackArch project, a GNU/Linux distribution derived from Arch Linux and designed to be used for penetration testing and security analysis operations, released an updated installation media, BlackArch 2015.07.31.
Linus Torvalds warns he's in no mood to be polite as Linux 4.2 drags
Linus Torvalds' regular Sunday night missive on the state of kernel development has labelled version 4.2 as a bit of a problem child and warned he “might not react politely” to some developer requests.
Announcing the release of release candidate five (rv5), Torvalds says “it's looking like 4.2 might be one of the releases needing more than the usual seven rc releases.”
Simplicity Linux 15.7 Officially Released, Based on LXPup and Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS
As reported at the beginning of July, David Purse, the developer of the Simplicity Linux distribution, announced the release and immediate availability for download of the final version of his Simplicity Linux 15.7 operating system on July 30, 2015.
Employee Random Drug Testing Today
Unannounced workplace drug tests are very common in today’s workplace. In fact most employers require that most of their employees conform to random drug testing which might be conducted at anytime during their term of employment. This particular drug testing practice claims to promote to drug free working environment but statistics reveal that the proportion of employees that use illegal drugs on the job are usually small. In fact studies also show that nearly all drugs consumed by employees during company time are consumed at company functions and gatherings. This would make random drug testing unfair, unjust, and even hypocritical to a certain degree. However routine random employee drug testing is becoming, they’re still intrusive, often having a test subject closely observed by someone conducting the drug test. Just imagine visiting the bathroom and having a stranger stand over you while you utilize the facilities.
The general goal of random employee drug testing is to supposedly get rid of the consumption of illegal drugs at work however, in all fairness most employees don't use drugs around the job but may consume drug during the off time. Although it does happen, it is usually rare that an employee may come into work intoxicated by drugs knowing that this kind of behavior can cause dismissal. This is just one reason why employee drug tests should basically be considered when there is a probable cause for suspicion of use while at work. Everyone is entitled to enjoy a personal life outside of the workplace and as long as that lifestyle has no effect on their job performance or possibly the safety of others in the workplace, that personal lifestyle should remain private.
There are actually frequent occasions where drugs are indirectly consumed unintentionally by merely staying in the company of others using them. One common drug which is usually often found in social settings is marijuana. Often utilized in nightclubs, parties, and various social gatherings, marijuana or THC can enter into the body indirectly by second hand smoke released in the air around the immediate area being occupied. If enough second hand smoke is inhaled this can easily cause a positive test result for THC although the test subject may have not even knew the trace elements where in their system. Of course this might not be accepted as being a possible excuse for marijuana existing in an employee’s system nonetheless the fact remains that incidents like this can and quite often do happen.
The argument as to whether random employee drug testing is fair is certainly one that will carry on for a long time in spite of the blatant disregard for individual privacy in addition to the presence of certain flaws in random drug testing procedures. On the job safety must always remain a primary concern for employers however, not at the cost of humiliating good employees. This is why many individuals have resorted to countermeasures for passing drug tests to keep their alternative lifestyles private especially through these uncertain times where securing and holding down an occupation has grown to be increasingly difficult due to a slow economy. Passing random drug tests really aren't difficult anymore plus the methods used definitely will work when done properly.
Ubuntu Devs Willing to Work on GNOME Software to Replace Ubuntu Software Center
The Ubuntu Software Center managed to be the center of news stories after the Ubuntu MATE project decided to ditch it as default (still available in the repos), and discussions about a possible replacement in the regular Ubuntu desktop have started once more.
FreeBSD 10.2 Release Candidate 2 Adds Better Hyper-V Support on Windows Server 2012
While not a GNU/Linux operating system, FreeBSD is an imperative open-source project, the most acclaimed BSD distribution on the market. Today, we announce the availability for download and testing of the second RC (Release Candidate) version of FreeBSD 10.2.