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Reusing existing OpenSSH v4 connections

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I've recently learnt of an interesting new features of OpenSSH v4 which allows you to reuse open connections when connecting to the same host more than once. If you regularly have multiple open connections to a single host this is a big timesaver.

The Perfect Xen Setup For Debian And Ubuntu

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This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen (version 2) on a Debian Sarge (3.1) system. It should apply to Ubuntu systems with little or no modifications.

Hotrod Your Linksys WAP with Linux (Part 3)

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Now that we have ripped out the stock guts out of our Linksys WRT54G and replaced them with a miniature, but mighty, Linux operating system, it's time to configure it to do some actual work. (Part 1 and part 2 cover installation and setting up secure administration of your chopped, dropped little blue box.)

Building Image Galleries with Konqueror

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Did you know Konqueror has a handy little program to create photo galleries in a few quick steps? Here's how to use it.

Installing OpenOffice.org 2.0 for Debian

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In this introductory article, Jon Watson provides an easy guide to installing the new Open Office source on non-rpm Linux systems. The emphasis is on the use of alien to help convert rpm packages for quick installation to the latest Debian releases.

CLI Magic: sudo voodoo

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Sudo is a handy little tool that is of value to both system administrators and common folks like us. What does it do? It allows you to temporarily assume the permissions of another user, up to and including root.

GAIM: Cool and Advanced Features

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Last week, I wrote a small introduction to Gaim, a great chat client written for GTK. The functionality of Gaim has gotten quite advanced, which has made it one of the leading-edge open-source chat clients currently available.

Setting up your own APT repository with upload support

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We've previously covered setting up your own repository for the Debian's apt-get system, but we didn't cover managing automatic uploads. Thankfully this is a simple task with the reprepro, and dupload tools and a small amount of scripting.

NIC Bonding/Teaming

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The concept of NIC Bonding (or sometimes called NIC Teaming) is that you have two NICs bonded together to appear as if they are the same physical device. The ultimate goal of NIC teaming is limiting a "Single Point of Failure".

What's GNU in Old Utilities

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A quick glance through the ls man or info pages shows that hackers have been busy adding capabilities to ls and many other longstanding utilities. Let’s take a tour of new features of ls that could have you brushing the cobwebs off of your documentation.

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  • Security updates for Tuesday
  • Intel: We've found severe bugs in secretive Management Engine, affecting millions
    Thanks to an investigation by third-party researchers into Intel's hidden firmware in certain chips, Intel decided to audit its firmware and on Monday confirmed it had found 11 severe bugs that affect millions of computers and servers. The flaws affect Management Engine (ME), Trusted Execution Engine (TXE), and Server Platform Services (SPS).
  • Open Source Security Podcast: Episode 71 - GitHub's Security Scanner
    Josh and Kurt talk about GitHub's security scanner and Linus' security email. We clarify the esoteric difference between security bugs and non security bugs.
  • Linus Torvalds 'sorry' for swearing, blames popularity of Linux itself
    Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has apologised – a bit – for calling some security-centric kernel contributors “f*cking morons”. Torvalds unleashed a profanity-laden rant at Google developer Kees Cook, over the latter's proposal to harden the kernel. Another Google security chap, Matthew Garret, asked Torvalds “ Can you clarify a little with regard to how you'd have liked this patchset to look?” To which Torvalds responded that “I think the actual status of the patches is fairly good with the default warning.”

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LinuxAndUbuntu Review Of Ubuntu MATE 17.10

Ubuntu Mate 17.10 is a pretty stable and rock solid distribution which has got most things right. There is nothing unlikable about the distro. However, I feel it could have been a lot better if they had allowed 4 windows to be snapped on each corners and done something about the opaque top panel. The software included are very much standard and even though some of their names have been changed we all know what’s under the hood. Overall Experience has been good. Having already tested Ubuntu with Gnome 3, I can say that Ubuntu Mate 17.10 feels a lot faster and quicker in terms of GUI response. Read more