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Leftovers: Software (FBReader, NetworkManager, Opera)

  • EPUB Reader For Ubuntu Linux – FBReader

    If you’re looking for a EPUB viewer (reader) to use in your GNU/Linux operating system, FBReader is a great free application that you should try. It’s free and comes with a user interface that is easy to use.

    FBReader however does not support the PDF format, except under the Android platform. I primarily use it to read the epub format, and officially it supports the epub, non-encrypted Mobi format (Amazon Kindle format), RTF & DOC (Microsoft Word Document format), while epub version 3 is partially supported.

  • Networking in 2016

    Once I had NetworkManager installed, I decided it was easier to find, connect to and manage passwords of wireless networks using a graphical tool rather than digging through the copious output of commands run from my terminal and trying to keep track of the passwords. So long wireless.

  • Opera 12 for Linux, I had to try

    Opera might work well, but it just isn't natural enough, not friendly enough. It also exists to monetize first, show web pages second, and somehow it shows through the pages. Sure, it's my personal impression, but if you were hoping for a white knight to champion your cause, Firefox is still the lesser of evils. It is also more customizable, and you still get a feeling it's not all about the dosh. At the end of the day, the wicked combination of somewhat weird, non-intuitive features, inability to tweak as you please, and the Linux software offering lagging a good few years behind Windows makes Opera a very hard sell. Not meant to be. It just does not feel right. That's all.

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FOSS Events: LCA and systemd.conf

  • 5 great linux.conf.au talks (that aren't about Linux)
    linux.conf.au, otherwise known as LCA, is one of the world's longest-running open source events. LCA has been held in a different city around Australia and New Zealand almost every year since 1999. Despite the name, linux.conf.au is a generalist open source conference. LCA hasn't been just about Linux for a long time. Rather, the conference focuses on everything to do with open source: the software, hardware, and network protocols that underly it. LCA also has a strong track on free and open culture, exploring how open source interacts with science, government, and the law.
  • FINAL REMINDER! systemd.conf 2016 CfP Ends on Monday!
    Please note that the systemd.conf 2016 Call for Participation ends on Monday, on Aug. 1st! Please send in your talk proposal by then! We’ve already got a good number of excellent submissions, but we are very interested in yours, too!

OSS Leftovers

Programming

Security News

  • Security advisories for Thursday
  • Please save GMane!
  • The End of Gmane?
    In 2002, I grew annoyed with not finding the obscure technical information I was looking for, so I started Gmane, the mailing list archive. All technical discussion took place on mailing lists those days, and archiving those were, at best, spotty and with horrible web interfaces. The past few weeks, the Gmane machines (and more importantly, the company I work for, who are graciously hosting the servers) have been the target of a number of distributed denial of service attacks. Our upstream have been good about helping us filter out the DDoS traffic, but it’s meant serious downtime where we’ve been completely off the Internet.
  • Pwnie Express makes IoT, Android security arsenal open source
    Pwnie Express has given the keys to software used to secure the Internet of Things (IoT) and Android software to the open-source community. The Internet of Things (IoT), the emergence of devices ranging from lighting to fridges and embedded systems which are connected to the web, has paved an avenue for cyberattackers to exploit.
  • The Software Supply Chain Is Bedeviled by Bad Open-Source Code [Ed: again, trace this back to FUD firms like Sonatype in this case]
    Open-source components play a key role in the software supply chain. By reducing the amount of code that development organizations need to write, open source enables companies to deliver software more efficiently — but not without significant risks, including defective and outdated components and security vulnerabilities.
  • Securing a Virtual World [Ed: paywall, undated (no year but reposted)]
  • Google tells Android's Linux kernel to toughen up and fight off those horrible hacker bullies
    In a blog post, Jeff Vander Stoep of the mobile operating system's security team said that in the next build of the OS, named Nougat, Google is going to be addressing two key areas of the Linux kernel that reside at the heart of most of the world's smartphones: memory protection and reducing areas available for attack by hackers.