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  • Ubuntu Linux Phone from bq to Ship in February 2015

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    Chris Tozzi
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Smartphone vendor bq says it will begin shipping the Aquarius E4.5, the first commercial mobile phone running Canonical's Ubuntu Linux OS, in February 2015.
  • YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

    LXer Linux News
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Choh. Just as they sort the desktop out, bloody PCs disappearIt's nearly impossible to sum up an entire year of developments in something as large and nebulous as the world of desktop Linux, especially in a year like this one which has seen some the best releases that projects like Mint, Fedora and openSUSE have put out to date.…
  • XDecorations 0.1.7 (GTK Other Software)

    GnomeFiles.org Apps
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    XDecorations 0.1.7 (GTK Other Software)Some eye candy for the holidays, including lights, trees, snowmen, pumpkins, flying sleighs and witches, snow and autumn leaves. This is along the lines of xsnow/xpenguins, and allows you to set themeable decorations on the desktop, you can choose ( at the moment ) either Halloween or Xmas themes or you can add your own. You can set the speed of the various parts of the theme and their positions, either from the command line or from a config file, ( there is a documented default config file included ). This works with a number of different WM's, but…
  • How to Use libwireshark in C Program to Decode Network Packets

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    Santosh Yadav
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Wireshark is an open source network packet analyzer. It can capture, dissect, and decode various protocols. This helps Linux sysadmin to troubleshoot network issues. Apart from using wirehshark as a standlone application for debugging network packets, you can also write your own extension or plugin using wireshark libraries for your custom application. This tutorial explains […] Read More: How to Use libwireshark in C Program to Decode Network PacketsPurchase your copy of Bash 101 Hacks, Vim 101 Hacks, Sed and Awk 101 Hacks, Nagios Core 3 eBook.
  • 005 Why I Am No Longer a Buddhist

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    Jay N. Forrest
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    To be rationally consistent means not freezing our beliefs, lest we should be guilty of the crime of change. Rather it consists in holding our minds open to receive the light of truth from everywhere. It means changing our beliefs … Continue reading →
 
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  • The OpenStack opportunity, the way forward, and more

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? Opensource.com is your source for what's happening right now in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.read more
  • YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Choh. Just as they sort the desktop out, bloody PCs disappearIt's nearly impossible to sum up an entire year of developments in something as large and nebulous as the world of desktop Linux, especially in a year like this one which has seen some the best releases that projects like Mint, Fedora and openSUSE have put out to date.…
  • How to configure fail2ban to protect Apache HTTP server

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    An Apache HTTP server in production environments can be under attack in various different ways. Attackers may attempt to gain access to unauthorized or forbidden directories by using brute-force attacks or executing evil scripts. Some malicious bots may scan your websites for any security vulnerability, or collect email addresses or web forms to send spams […]Continue reading...The post How to configure fail2ban to protect Apache HTTP server appeared first on Xmodulo.Related FAQs:How to protect SSH server from brute force attacks using fail2ban How to set up a transparent HTTPS…
  • Ubuntu Linux Phone from bq to Ship in February 2015

    Chris Tozzi
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Smartphone vendor bq says it will begin shipping the Aquarius E4.5, the first commercial mobile phone running Canonical's Ubuntu Linux OS, in February 2015.
  • Sony & North Korea: Dumb & Dumber

    Christine Hall
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:26 pm
    For those of you with short memories, back between 2005 and 2007, Sony didn’t want us playing their CDs on our computers, fearing we might rip-and-burn, so they surrepticiously used their CDs to install DRM software on our computers, which ended up making our machines vulnerable to all sorts of malicious attacks. Their solution to that brouhaha was to release an “uninstaller,” which didn’t uninstall anything and actually installed more exploitable software while collecting email addresses to send back to Sony’s home office.
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  • How to Parse XML and Strip Tags using XPATH Examples in Linux (How to Combine Multiple Commands Using PIPE in Linux)

    Douglas King
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This tutorial explains the process of building useful multi­-part commands piece by piece. To build complex commands in the terminal, we need to understand piping. Piping is basically taking the output of one command and sending it to another command as input. This is done with the | (pipe) symbol. Last month, a small project […] Read More: How to Parse XML and Strip Tags using XPATH Examples in Linux (How to Combine Multiple Commands Using PIPE in Linux)Purchase your copy of Bash 101 Hacks, Vim 101 Hacks, Sed and Awk 101 Hacks, Nagios Core 3 eBook.
  • How to Use libwireshark in C Program to Decode Network Packets

    Santosh Yadav
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Wireshark is an open source network packet analyzer. It can capture, dissect, and decode various protocols. This helps Linux sysadmin to troubleshoot network issues. Apart from using wirehshark as a standlone application for debugging network packets, you can also write your own extension or plugin using wireshark libraries for your custom application. This tutorial explains […] Read More: How to Use libwireshark in C Program to Decode Network PacketsPurchase your copy of Bash 101 Hacks, Vim 101 Hacks, Sed and Awk 101 Hacks, Nagios Core 3 eBook.
  • How to Install Windows Active Directory from PowerShell Command Line

    Satheesh Kumar
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As a Linux Sysadmin, you might still find yourself managing few Windows Servers. In those situations, instead of using the Windows GUI for administration, you might find it interesting to install and configure Windows Services from command line. In this tutorial, we’ll explain how to install AD (Active Directory) on Windows 2012 Core Servers using […] Read More: How to Install Windows Active Directory from PowerShell Command LinePurchase your copy of Bash 101 Hacks, Vim 101 Hacks, Sed and Awk 101 Hacks, Nagios Core 3 eBook.
  • How to Setup Logstash on Linux with ElasticSearch, Redis, Nginx

    Vadiraj Joish
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Logstash is an open source central log file management application. You can collect logs from multiple servers, multiple applications, parse those logs, and store it in a central place. Once it is stored, you can use a web GUI to search for logs, drill-down on the logs, and generate various reports. This tutorial will explain […] Read More: How to Setup Logstash on Linux with ElasticSearch, Redis, NginxPurchase your copy of Bash 101 Hacks, Vim 101 Hacks, Sed and Awk 101 Hacks, Nagios Core 3 eBook.
  • Backtracking Tutorial using C Program Code Example for Programmers

    Koscica Dusko
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If you try to solve some combination problem in programming using simple combination approach where you check all possible variations with repetition or permutations of some kind, you would realize that you would have way too many tries that are not necessary. You should reduce the poll of possible candidates as much as you can, […] Read More: Backtracking Tutorial using C Program Code Example for ProgrammersPurchase your copy of Bash 101 Hacks, Vim 101 Hacks, Sed and Awk 101 Hacks, Nagios Core 3 eBook.
 
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  • The Impact of One Person

    jono
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:35 pm
    I am 35 years old and people never cease to surprise me. My trip home from Los Angeles today was a good example of this. It was a tortuous affair that should have been a quick hop from LA to Oakland, popping on BArt, and then getting home for a cup of tea and an episode of The Daily Show. It didn’t work out like that. My flight was delayed. Then we sat on the tarmac for an hour. Then the new AirBart train was delayed. Then I was delayed at the BArt station in Oakland for 30 minutes. Throughout this I was tired, it was raining, and my patience was wearing thin. Through the duration of…
  • Feedback Requested: Great Examples of Community

    jono
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Folks, I need to ask for some help. Like many, I have some go-to examples of great communities. This includes Wikipedia, OpenStreetmap, Ubuntu, Debian, Linux, and others. Many of these are software related, many of them are Open Source. I would like to ask your feedback for other examples of great communities. These don’t have to be software-related…in fact I would love to see examples of great communities in other areas and disciplines. They could be collaborative communities, communities that share a common interest, communities that process big chunks of data, communities that…
  • Ubuntu Governance Reboot: Five Proposals

    jono
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Sorry, this is long, but hang in there. A little while back I wrote a blog post that seemed to inspire some people and ruffle the feathers of some others. It was designed as a conversation-starter for how we can re-energize leadership in Ubuntu. When I kicked off the blog post, Elizabeth quite rightly gave me a bit of a kick in the spuds about not providing a place to have a discussion, so I amended the blog post to a link to this thread where I encourage your feedback and participation. Rather unsurprisingly, there was some good feedback, before much of it started wandering off the point a…
  • Ubuntu Governance: Reboot?

    jono
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    For many years Ubuntu has had a comprehensive governance structure. At the top of the tree are the Community Council (community policy) and the Technical Board (technical policy). Below those boards are sub-councils such as the IRC, Forum, and LoCo councils, and developer assessment boards. The vast majority of these boards are populated by predominantly non-Canonical folks. I think this is a true testament to the openness and accessibility of governance in Ubuntu. There is no “Canonical needs to have people on half the board” shenanigans…if you are a good leader in the…
  • Dealing With Disrespect: The Video

    jono
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    A while back I wrote and released a free e-book called Dealing With Disrespect. It is a book that provides a short, simple to read, free guide for handling personalized, mean-spirited, disrespectful, and in some cases, malicious feedback and criticism of your work. I wrote it because this kind of feedback is increasingly common in online communities and places such as YouTube, reddit, and elsewhere, and I am tired of seeing good people give-up sharing their creative efforts because of this. My goal with the book is that when someone reads mean-spirited feedback and criticism and feels…
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  • KDE Applications 14.12 - New Features, Frameworks Ports

    unormal
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Today KDE released KDE Applications 14.12, delivering new features and bug fixes to more than a hundred applications. Most of these applications are based on KDE Development Platform 4 but the first applications have been ported to KDE Frameworks 5. Frameworks is a set of modularized libraries providing additional functionality for Qt5, the latest version of the popular Qt cross-platform application framework. KDE app dragons This release marks the beginning of a new style of releases replacing the threesome of KDE Workspaces, Platform and Applications in the 4 series which ended with the…
  • Plasma 5.1.2 Bugfix Release

    jriddell
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    Plasma 5.1.2 is the December output from our desktop team. It's a bugfix release which adds several dozen fixes and the latest translations. Some highlights include: The Breeze icons licence has been clarified as LGPL 3+. The remaining battery time in PowerDevil now updates correctly. VirtualBox shell resizing fixed. The free space notifier icon hides correctly when space becomes available again. Dr Konqi updated for future proofing. This is the final update to Plasma 5 for this year, we'll see you again next year with a new feature release at the end of January.
  • Release of KDE Frameworks 5.5.0

    jriddell
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:42 am
    KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.5.0. KDE Frameworks are 60 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the Frameworks 5.0 release announcement. This release is part of a series of planned monthly releases making improvements available to developers in a quick and predictable manner. Attica Use all of QT_PLUGIN_PATH paths rather than just QLibraryInfo path to look for plugins KActivities Fix plugin loading with…
  • GCompris Joins the KDE incubator and Launches a Fundraiser

    unormal
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    GCompris has joined the KDE incubator. GCompris is the high quality educational software suite comprising numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10, and well known by parents and teachers all over the world. GCompris was started in 2000 by Bruno Coudoin as a Free Software project. Originally written in GTK+, the project developers decided in early 2014 to make a radical change and rewrite it in Qt Quick. The main motivation is the ability of the Qt platform to address the desktop and the tablet market from a single code base. In order to get the great level of support from a strong…
  • Randa Meetings 2014 - Another Great Success

    unormal
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:23 am
    It's been quite some time since the Randa Meetings 2014 and even this year's edition of the KDE Community Summit called Akademy has already happened, but it's still nice to look back and see what was accomplished at this KDE Tech Summit in the middle of the Swiss Alps. And before we tell you about the seven groups that participated in the meetings this year (and because of the different participating groups and thus a collection of several meetings under the same roof, the event is called "Randa Meetings" with a plural s ;-), we send a big thank you to all the supporters and people who made…
 
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  • A brief history of Linux malware

    11 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Nobody’s immuneImage by ShutterstockAlthough not as common as malware targeting Windows or even OS X, security threats to Linux have become both more numerous and more severe in recent years. There are a couple of reasons for that – the mobile explosion has meant that Android (which is Linux-based) is among the most attractive targets for malicious hackers, and the use of Linux as a server OS for and in the data center has also grown – but Linux malware has been around in some form since well before the turn of the century. Have a look.To read this article in full or to leave a comment,…
  • IDG Contributor Network: 2015 will be the year of cryptocurrency, with a little work

    10 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    With the U.S. federal government announcing its first-ever Bitcoin securities case last month—a Texas man is accused of running a Bitcoin Ponzi scheme—cryptocurrency has entered the financial mainstream.Recent security issues aside, though, the question is just how big Bitcoin and its fellow cryptocurrencies can get. Could the open-source Bitcoin even replace banking? There are some compelling elements in favor of it.It just may be, though, that one needs to think about it more as a currency than a means of creating wealth.BitcoinFor those who are unfamiliar with Bitcoin, or haven’t…
  • Iowa to put driver's licenses on mobile phones

    10 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    The Iowa Department of Transportation will begin rolling out a free mobile app next year that residents can use to store and present a digital copy of their driver’s licenses, the Des Moines Register reported this week.The mobile app will supplement the traditional plastic ID cards, rather than replace them. Iowa’s DOT Director Paul Trombino said at a budget hearing on Monday that drivers will be able to present either form of identification when prompted by police officers and even during security screening at the state's airports, according to the report. Trombino also suggested that…
  • Comcast sued for launching public Wi-Fi hotspots from customers' routers

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    A class-action lawsuit filed in San Francisco last week charges Comcast with exploiting its broadband customers by using their in-home routers to send a separate signal for public Wi-Fi hotspots that extend into their neighborhoods, according to a recent San Francisco Chronicle report.Comcast has pushed its plan to create public Wi-Fi hotspots to 19 cities so far, and reportedly plans to launch 8 million hotspots by the end of the year. I covered the project when it launched in Chicago this summer. Here's a quick breakdown from that article on how Comcast is approaching the project.To read…
  • Xojo: A Linux development suite that doesn't really support Linux

    9 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    If a company is going to support Linux... it needs to actually freaking support Linux.In one of my past lives, I was a software developer. And even though I no longer code for a living, I still find tinkering with various languages, IDEs, and frameworks more fun than I probably should. Truth be told, I consider playing with a new development environment to be a bit of a hoot. (Yes. I just wrote “bit of a hoot.” That's how confident I am in my own masculinity.)I'm also not the kind of guy to be prejudiced for – or against – any particular language. Python? Awesome. C++? Tons of fun (in…
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  • New Products

    James Gray
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    New Products for December 2014.
  • Android Candy: Google Keep

    Shawn Powers
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    I love Evernote. I pay for a premium membership, and to be honest, I don't think I even use the premium features. I just love Evernote so much, I want to support the company. But in the spirit of fair comparison, I forced myself to try Google Keep. more>>
  • Handling the workloads of the Future

    John Grogan
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    The history of computing can be traced by the popular buzzwords of the day. In fact, at some point we should run a contest where everyone submits their 5 all-time favorite computer industry buzzwords. There have been dumb terminals, smart terminals, client server, thin client, peer-to-peer, virtualization, containers, cloud, paas, saas, iaas…the list, and the acronyms stretch to the horizon. more>>
  • Raspi-Sump

    Al Audet
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    In June 2013, we had the unfortunate luck of a basement flood, caused by a tripped electrical breaker connected to our sump pump. There are so many things that can go wrong with a sump pump. You always are on guard for power outages, blown breakers, sump pump failures, clogged pipes and all manner of issues that can arise, which ultimately can end with a flooded basement. more>>
  • diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development

    Zack Brown
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    Containers are very tricky to implement. Trying to isolate sets of resources from each other completely, so that they resemble a discrete system, and doing it in a secure way, has to be addressed on a feature-by-feature basis, with many caveats and uncertainties. more>>
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  • Handling the workloads of the Future

    John Grogan
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    The history of computing can be traced by the popular buzzwords of the day. In fact, at some point we should run a contest where everyone submits their 5 all-time favorite computer industry buzzwords. There have been dumb terminals, smart terminals, client server, thin client, peer-to-peer, virtualization, containers, cloud, paas, saas, iaas…the list, and the acronyms stretch to the horizon. more>>
  • Big Bad Data

    Doc Searls
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Obsession with Big Data has gotten out of hand. Here's how. more>>
  • Learn GNU/Linux the Fun Way

    Doc Searls
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Sometimes a gift just falls in your lap. This month, it came in the form of an e-mail out of the blue from Jared Nielsen, one of two brothers (the other is J.R. Nielsen) who created The Hello World Program, "an educational web series making computer science fun and accessible to all". more>>
  • DevOps for Dummies

    Carlie Fairchild
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We have a free eBook available for you to download today: DevOps for Dummies. more>>
  • Stuff That Matters

    Doc Searls
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    I'm writing this in a hotel room entered through two doors. The hall door is the normal kind: you stick a card in a slot, a light turns green, and the door unlocks. The inner one is three inches thick, has no lock and serves a single purpose: protection from an explosion. more>>
 
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  • Using Azure Storage on Linux

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    We want to provide an update for Linux users on how to use Azure Storage, and we are pleased to announce some new options. Currently, we are testing with Ubuntu 14.04; we will look at feedback to determine which additional distros to include over time.
  • Red Hat Looks to OpenShift Containers for the Future

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Linux vendor Red Hat is continuing to grow its business beyond just providing Linux for servers.
  • Microsoft turned the ship in 2014

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    With new leadership and aggressive moves in cloud and open source, Microsoft is on a much better course than it was a year ago All of us at InfoWorld have wondered for years whether a giant, Balkanized corporation like Microsoft could haul itself into the post-PC, cloud-centric era without collapsing of its own weight. That long march has only begun.
  • CentOS 7: The perfect gift for the Linux do-it-yourselfer

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    Although differentiation is tough in Linux distributions today, CentOS 7 has carved out a niche as the free and open alter ego to Red Hat Enterprise Linux . We found that CentOS, which is mandated to be binary-compatible with Red Hat 7, shares about 95% of the features of its commercial enterprise-class sibling.
  • Ubuntu Phone delayed again to next year

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    It seems that Samsung isn't the only one experiencing delays in getting a new player in the mobile market out of the woodwork. Canonical , the commercial company behind the open source Linux-based Ubuntu OS has been quoted to have said that its much-hyped Ubuntu Phone won't be announced until early 2015.
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  • Open Source Online Game Gets Students Excited About Linux

    Libby Clark
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    An open source, interactive online game for an introductory operating systems course at University Politehnica of Bucharest in Romania has students competing for Linux knowledge and recognition.
  • Databricks Delivers Online Courses Focused on Apache Spark

    OStatic
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    Databricks, a company founded by the creators of the popular open-source Big Data processing engine Apache Spark, is a firm that you may not have heard much from in 2014, but you will throughout 2015. 
  • Tizen Samsung Z1 Full Specifications Leaked, India Release Followed by China and Korea

    Administrator
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
      Samsung Z1 is HERE … almost. We have been waiting for the Samsung Z1 launch event, and it looks like its finally happening at a secret Samsung Z1 launch event in India. 
  • The 5 Best Linux Stories of 2014

    Bryan Lunduke
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:49 pm
    This year held great consumer news, forks, death threats, hardware delays and... something truly unthinkable just a few years ago. Truth be told I'm still trying to wrap my head around, what feels like, the zaniest year of Linux shenanigans I have ever seen.
  • Can Ubuntu Click Address Linus Torvalds’ Binary Problems?

    Swapnil Bhartiya
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    Click is a new packaging format for Ubuntu mobile applications which irons out the complexity of delivering an application to a user. Developers can bundle all additional dependencies into the package without worrying about the dependecy resolution. 
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  • Defending the Free Linux World

    Jack M. Germain
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:03 pm
    The Open Invention Network, or OIN, is waging a global campaign to keep Linux out of harm's way in patent litigation. Its efforts have resulted in more than 1,000 companies joining forces to become the largest defense patent management organization in history. The Open Invention Network was created in 2005 as a white hat organization to protect Linux from license assaults. It has considerable financial backing from original board members that include Google, IBM, NEC, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony.
  • Docker CTO Solomon Hykes to Devs: Have It Your Way

    Jack M. Germain
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Docker has moved from an obscure Linux project to one of the most popular open source technologies in cloud computing. Project developers have witnessed millions of Docker Engine downloads. Hundreds of Docker groups have formed in 40 countries. Many more companies are announcing Docker integration. Even Microsoft will ship Windows 10 with Docker preinstalled. "That caught a lot of people by surprise," said Docker founder and CTO Solomon Hykes. Docker is an open platform for building, shipping and running distributed applications.
  • Should We All Be Contributing to FOSS?

    Katherine Noyes
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    It's surely a testament to the shocking nature of the recent news about Devuan that the Linux blogosphere has been a rather quiet place of late. Yes, there was last week's Turla news, and yes, the holiday season is looming large, likely dampening more than a few spirits. Still, the atmosphere definitely has been subdued down at the blogosphere's seedy Punchy Penguin Saloon, as Linux fans have pondered this dramatic development in the ongoing Systemd saga. How, bloggers seemed to be wondering, did things get to this point?
  • 4MLinux Is So Lightweight It's Anemic

    Jack M. Germain
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:38 pm
    4MLinux is a unique mini Linux distribution that tries to be what it is not. Its limited-purpose design is too basic for even lightweight distro functions. Much of any benefit users might derive from 4MLinux mimics what already is available from USB-launched pocket Linux distros such as Puppy Linux, Porteus and Knoppix. However, much of the advanced functionality of these other distros is missing from 4MLinux. The 4MLinux name is derived from this distro's specialized uses: Multimedia, Miniserver, Maintenance and Mystery.
  • How Linux Works Is an OS Mechanic's Mainstay

    Jack M. Germain
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know offers an unglamorous view of the Linux OS. It takes readers behind the GUI into the bowels of command line operations. This second edition of Brian Ward's classic Linux reference book is completely revised, and it offers something for every Linux user. Ward drills down to the technical specifics that developers need -- but he also peels back the onion layers gently enough for Linux tinkerers to know what happens when they do stuff with the operating system -- and why.
 
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  • Features Of The Linux 3.19 Kernel: Graphics & Disks Rule

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    The merge window is closed and 3.19-rc1 was released on Saturday, marking the end of new mainline Linux kernel features for 2014. Here's a rundown of the exciting new features of the Linux 3.19 kernel for what will become the first major kernel release of 2015...
  • Orange Pi Is The Latest Raspberry Pi Inspired ARM Board

    22 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    The latest low-cost, Linux-friendly ARM single board computer is the Orange Pi that's trying to ride off the success of the Raspberry Pi...
  • An Open-Source Hardware Ambient Light Sensor Is Brought Up

    22 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Richard Hughes is looking to develop an open-source USB ambient light sensor as an OpenHardware initiative...
  • Heterogeneous Memory Management Is Coming Along For The Linux Kernel

    22 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    Jerome Glisse remains hard at work on readying his Heterogeneous Memory Management (HMM) patch-set for eventual integration into the mainline Linux kernel. This HMM memory management will benefit HSA/OpenCL workloads on Linux...
  • ASRock X99 Extreme3 Is An Affordable Choice For Linux Users

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    For those in the market for an LGA-2011v3 motherboard this holiday shopping season, a very reasonable and affordable choice is the ASRock X99 Extreme3. For just over $200 USD you can get this DDR4-3000+ motherboard that supports Thunderbolt, ten Serial ATA 3.0 ports, 18-core Xeon processors, three PCI Express x16 slots, and numerous other connections for offering a feature-packaged motherboard at a modest price compared to other LGA-2011v3 motherboards.
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    LinuxSecurity.com - Latest News

  • Exploits for dangerous network time protocol vulnerabilities

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:03 am
    LinuxSecurity.com: Remote code execution vulnerabilities in the standard implementation of the network time protocol (NTP) can be exploited by attackers to compromise servers, embedded devices and even critical infrastructure systems that run UNIX-like operating systems.
  • Tor exit nodes face unusual activity, is Tor being raided or under hack attack?

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    LinuxSecurity.com: Thomas White (@CthulhuSec) warned users to steer clear of his Tor servers after he lost control following what he's called "unusual activity." In a post on Tor mailing list Thomas said,"I have now lost control of all servers under the ISP and my account has been suspended." The entire signed message is given below :
  • Heartbleed, Shellshock, Tor and more: The 13 biggest security stories of 2014

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:55 am
    LinuxSecurity.com: Epic hacks, major vulnerabilities, and other security surprises rolled across the Internet like a tidal wave in 2014. We thought we'd seen it all after an SSL vulnerability pierced the heart of the Internet and the crypto world lost a major asset. But then Sony (once again) fell prey to one of the most devastating cyberattacks ever.
  • Report: U.S. planning "proportional response" to Sony hack, blamed on North Korea

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:29 am
    LinuxSecurity.com: One day ahead of an expected announcement by U.S. officials that North Korea is responsible for the devastating hack on Sony Pictures, CNN reports that federal investigators have evidence that "hackers stole the computer credentials of a system administrator to get access to Sony's computer system."
  • Segmenting for security: Five steps to protect your network

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:07 am
    LinuxSecurity.com: Relying on a DMZ to protect your network and data is like putting money in a bank that depends on one guard and a single gate to secure its deposits. Imagine how tempting all those piles of money would be to those who had access - and how keen everyone else would be to obtain access.
 
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    Toolinux

  • Bonnes fêtes avec TOOLinux.com !

    Toolinux
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Jusqu'au 2 janvier, TOOLinux va adopter un rythme de mises à jour de l'actualité un plus lent. Toutefois, nous continuerons de publier les principales brèves du jour. Si vous souhaitez nous communiquer des informations ou publier un article, nous vous répondrons avec plaisir à l'adresse redac@toolinux.com. Nous vous souhaitons de bonnes fêtes et vous remercions d'être toujours plus nombreux à nous suivre ! - Breves
  • Bons résultats pour Red Hat, encore

    Toolinux
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Red Hat a présenté des résultats financiers au beau fixe pour son 3eme trimestre de l'année fiscale 2015. - Economie
  • Un radar interactif pour comprendre les attaques les plus dangereuses

    Toolinux
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Les opérations de cyber crime complexes sont de plus en plus fréquentes. Kaspersky Lab lance cette semaine un service en ligne qui permet de rassembler toutes les informations de la société concernant les cyber-campagnes les plus importantes. - Revue de presse
  • « Communication et collaboration Open Source » le 29 janvier à Marseille

    Toolinux
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Linagora et TOOLinux vous invitent à une nouvelle édition des matinées pour comprendre. Thème du 29 janvier 2015 : Outils de communication & collaboration Open Source. - Evénements et séminaires / Oui, AlaUne
  • Un livre blanc sur les enjeux du marché secondaire des logiciels

    Toolinux
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Il est une catégorie d'actif – longtemps négligé dans les grandes entreprises – particulièrement intéressant à optimiser : les actifs logiciels. Le CIGREF co-signe avec Softcorner un livre blanc sur le sujet. - Livres
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  • The Impact of One Person

    jono
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:35 pm
    I am 35 years old and people never cease to surprise me. My trip home from Los Angeles today was a good example of this. It was a tortuous affair that should have been a quick hop from LA to Oakland, popping on BArt, and then getting home for a cup of tea and an episode of The Daily Show. It didn’t work out like that. My flight was delayed. Then we sat on the tarmac for an hour. Then the new AirBart train was delayed. Then I was delayed at the BArt station in Oakland for 30 minutes. Throughout this I was tired, it was raining, and my patience was wearing thin. Through the duration of…
  • Feedback Requested: Great Examples of Community

    jono
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Folks, I need to ask for some help. Like many, I have some go-to examples of great communities. This includes Wikipedia, OpenStreetmap, Ubuntu, Debian, Linux, and others. Many of these are software related, many of them are Open Source. I would like to ask your feedback for other examples of great communities. These don’t have to be software-related…in fact I would love to see examples of great communities in other areas and disciplines. They could be collaborative communities, communities that share a common interest, communities that process big chunks of data, communities that…
  • Ubuntu Governance Reboot: Five Proposals

    jono
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Sorry, this is long, but hang in there. A little while back I wrote a blog post that seemed to inspire some people and ruffle the feathers of some others. It was designed as a conversation-starter for how we can re-energize leadership in Ubuntu. When I kicked off the blog post, Elizabeth quite rightly gave me a bit of a kick in the spuds about not providing a place to have a discussion, so I amended the blog post to a link to this thread where I encourage your feedback and participation. Rather unsurprisingly, there was some good feedback, before much of it started wandering off the point a…
  • Ubuntu Governance: Reboot?

    jono
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    For many years Ubuntu has had a comprehensive governance structure. At the top of the tree are the Community Council (community policy) and the Technical Board (technical policy). Below those boards are sub-councils such as the IRC, Forum, and LoCo councils, and developer assessment boards. The vast majority of these boards are populated by predominantly non-Canonical folks. I think this is a true testament to the openness and accessibility of governance in Ubuntu. There is no “Canonical needs to have people on half the board” shenanigans…if you are a good leader in the…
  • Dealing With Disrespect: The Video

    jono
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    A while back I wrote and released a free e-book called Dealing With Disrespect. It is a book that provides a short, simple to read, free guide for handling personalized, mean-spirited, disrespectful, and in some cases, malicious feedback and criticism of your work. I wrote it because this kind of feedback is increasingly common in online communities and places such as YouTube, reddit, and elsewhere, and I am tired of seeing good people give-up sharing their creative efforts because of this. My goal with the book is that when someone reads mean-spirited feedback and criticism and feels…
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  • Links for 2014-12-22

    dailylinks
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    coz A causal profiler for C++. Causal profiling is a novel technique to measure optimization potential. This measurement matches developers’ assumptions about profilers: that optimizing highly-ranked code will have the greatest impact on performance. Causal profiling measures optimization potential for serial, parallel, and asynchronous programs without instrumentation of special handling for library calls and concurrency primitives. Instead, a causal profiler uses performance experiments to predict the effect of optimizations. This allows the profiler to establish causality:…
  • Links for 2014-12-21

    dailylinks
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Use sshuttle to Keep Safe on Insecure Wi-Fi I keep forgetting about sshuttle. It’s by far the easiest way to get a cheapo IP-over-SSH VPN working with an OSX client, particularly since it’s in homebrew (tags: ssh vpn sshuttle tunnelling security ip wifi networking osx homebrew) BoardGameGeek’s best board games for kids great list (tags: boardgames games kids toys toget list) Warning: Do NOT use my mirrors services until I have reviewed the situation Things hotting up in TOR-land. Until I have had the time and information available to review the situation, I am strongly…
  • Links for 2014-12-19

    dailylinks
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    AN OFFER TO SONY FROM 2600 To demonstrate that hackers have no interest in suppressing speech, quashing controversy, or being intimidated by vague threats, we ask that Sony allow the hacker community to distribute “The Interview” for them on the 25th of December. Now, we’re aware that Sony may refer to this distribution method as piracy, but in this particular case, it may well prove to be the salvation of the motion picture industry. By freely offering the film online, millions of people will get to see it and decide for themselves if it has any redeeming qualities…
  • Links for 2014-12-18

    dailylinks
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Top 20 Bourbons Around $30 | The Bourbon Review Need to keep an eye out for a few of these — will probably be a little more than $30 given the whole import/export carry-on of course (tags: bourbon whiskey booze) Why You Shouldn’t Use ZooKeeper for Service Discovery In CAP terms, ZooKeeper is CP, meaning that it’s consistent in the face of partitions, not available. For many things that ZooKeeper does, this is a necessary trade-off. Since ZooKeeper is first and foremost a coordination service, having an eventually consistent design (being AP) would be a horrible design decision. Its…
  • Links for 2014-12-17

    dailylinks
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    ‘Machine Learning: The High-Interest Credit Card of Technical Debt’ [PDF] Oh god yes. This is absolutely spot on, as you would expect from a Google paper — at this stage they probably have accumulated more real-world ML-at-scale experience than anywhere else. ‘Machine learning offers a fantastically powerful toolkit for building complex systems quickly. This paper argues that it is dangerous to think of these quick wins as coming for free. Using the framework of technical debt, we note that it is remarkably easy to incur massive ongoing maintenance costs at the system…
 
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  • Severe NTP Vulnerabilities

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    Here is a CERT advisory warning of a number of code-execution vulnerabilities in the network time protocol (NTP) implementation. "These vulnerabilities could be exploited remotely. Exploits that target these vulnerabilities are publicly available." Most distributors already have updates available; applying them seems like a good idea. Here is a CERT advisory warning of a number of code-execution vulnerabilities in the network time protocol (NTP) implementation. "These vulnerabilities could be exploited remotely. Exploits that target these vulnerabilities are publicly available." Most…
  • The 5 Best Linux Stories of 2014

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:24 pm
    This year held great consumer news, forks, death threats, hardware delays and... something truly unthinkable just a few years ago. Truth be told I'm still trying to wrap my head around, what feels like, the zaniest year of Linux shenanigans I have ever seen. Two Thousand and Fourteen was an exciting, tumultuous and rather funky year for Linux. Great consumer news, forks, death threats, hardware delays and... something truly unthinkable just a few years ago. Truth be told I'm still trying to wrap my head around, what feels like, the zaniest year of Linux shenanigans I have ever seen. Here are…
  • Can Ubuntu Click Address Linus Torvalds’ Binary Problems?

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    Click is a new packaging format for Ubuntu mobile applications which irons out the complexity of delivering an application to a user. Developers can bundle all additional dependencies into the package without worrying about the dependecy resolution.  Linux is a dominant player in almost every industry segment, minus one: desktop. We heard Linus Torvalds’ pain when he uttered these words at LinuxCon North America this year, "I still want the desktop". What’s holding desktop Linux back? There are many factors including marketing, pre-loaded Windows, support for hardware, and…
  • Why You Should Care About The New Open Source .NET Core

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    The New Stack: Open sourcing .NET to take it cross platform means shifting to a modular design that Microsoft can develop in an agile way; and that means a better .NET. But making sense of the change means thinking about both the new technology and the strategy that’s behind it.  Open sourcing .NET to take it cross platform means shifting to a modular design that Microsoft can develop in an agile way; and that means a better .NET. But making sense of the change means thinking about both the new technology and the strategy that’s behind it. Why We Need .NET Core And What You Get From…
  • Opera Browser Puts Out Linux Updates For The Holidays

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    There are stable, beta, and developer updates out this week for the Linux / OS X / Windows versions of the Opera web-browser... There are stable, beta, and developer updates out this week for the Linux / OS X / Windows versions of the Opera web-browser... Read more at Phoronix
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  • Best of open hardware in 2014 (Opensource.com)

    ris
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Opensource.com wraps up its open hardware coverage for 2014. You'll find pointers to resources and articles previously published on Opensource.com throughout the year. "Open hardware is the physical foundation of the open movement. It is through understanding, designing, manufacturing, commercializing, and adopting open hardware, that we built the basis for a healthy and self-reliant community of open. And the year of 2014 had plenty of activities in the open hardware front."
  • Security advisories for Monday

    ris
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    CentOS has updated ntp (C7; C6; C5: multiple code execution vulnerabilities). Debian has updated firebird2.5 (denial of service), jasper (two code execution vulnerabilities), ntp (multiple code execution vulnerabilities), subversion (denial of service), and subversion (regression in previous update). Debian-LTS has updated linux-2.6 (multiple vulnerabilities), ntp (multiple code execution vulnerabilities), qt4-x11 (code execution), subversion (denial of service), and xorg-server (multiple vulnerabilities). Fedora has updated ctdb (F20: insecure temporary files), dbus (F19: multiple…
  • Severe NTP vulnerabilities

    corbet
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    Here is a CERT advisory warning of a number of code-execution vulnerabilities in the network time protocol (NTP) implementation. "These vulnerabilities could be exploited remotely. Exploits that target these vulnerabilities are publicly available." Most distributors already have updates available; applying them seems like a good idea.
  • Kernel prepatch 3.19-rc1

    corbet
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Linus has sent out 3.19-rc1 and closed the merge window for this release one day earlier than some might have expected. "Considering how much came in fairly late, I find it hard to care about anybody who had decided to cut it even closer than some people already did. That said, maybe there aren't any real stragglers - and judging by the size of rc1, there really can't have been much." In the end, 11,408 non-merge changesets were pulled into the mainline during this development cycle.
  • Tagged memory and minion cores in the lowRISC SoC

    jake
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The lowRISC project, which aims to create and manufacture a fully open-source system-on-chip (SoC) and development board, has released a document on its plans to incorporate tagged memory and minion cores into the SoC. Minion cores are separate I/O processors that can be used to implement various I/O protocols without requiring additional hardware in the design. "Tagged memory associates metadata with each memory location and can be used to implement fine-grained memory access restrictions. Attacks which hijack control flow can be prevented by using this protection to restrict writes to…
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    Softpedia News > Linux

  • Steam Beta Update Brings Small Improvements

    Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    Valve has released a new Steam Beta client and the developers have made a number of small improvements, although there is nothing out of the ordinary. Nonetheless,  if you need to upgrade then now it would be a good time. The Steam developers have been rather quiet these past few weeks and they haven't made too many releases. In fact, the entire month of December has been very quiet and most of the changes have focused on maintenance. It looks that the latest Steam update is more than that, b... (read more)
  • NTP Vulnerabilities Closed In Supported Ubuntu OSes

    Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Canonical announced that a number of NTP vulnerabilities have been corrected or Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems. NTP stands for Network Time Protocol daemon and utility programs and the devs identified a number of security issues that needed to be corrected. "Stephen Roettger discovered that NTP contained buffer overflows in the crypto_recv(), ctl_putdata() and configure() functions. In non-default configurations, a remote attacker cou... (read more)
  • Linux Deepin 2014.2 RC Is Simply a Mind-Blowing OS – Screenshot Tour

    Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    Deepin, a Linux distribution that tries to provide users with a unique, stable, fast, safe, and user-friendly desktop experience based on the latest HTML5 technologies, has been upgraded to version 2014.2 RC and is ready for testing. Linux Deepin is not your average Linux distro. In fact, it's one of the few out there that have managed to capture the attention of the Linux community, especially since it's using its own desktop environment and a different design approach. It's hard not to like... (read more)
  • Canonical Releases Most Stable Ubuntu Touch RTM Version So Far – Screenshot Tour

    Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Canonical has just promoted a new Ubuntu Touch RTM version of its operating system and it's moving even closer to the final build that should be ready in time for the February 2015 release. It's been rather quiet on the Ubuntu Touch RTM front, but the developers did manage to bring more fixes and to implement an important change. The Ubuntu team has been focusing on the new Ubuntu Touch based on the Vivid Vervet branch. This is where all the new features will be pushed from now on and it shou... (read more)
  • 4MParted Is a New Distro Based on the Very Small 4MLinux OS and GParted

    Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    4MParted is a new Linux distribution based on the 4MLinux 11.0 OS and GParted. It has a simple goal, to provide users with the tools they need to make adjustments to the partition of their PC without having to actually go into the operating system. As the name suggests, 4MParted is using the 4MLinux distro as the base and it's made by the same developer. This is the first edition of it and you can expect to see some problems with it, especially since it lacks any kind of functionality besides... (read more)
 
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    Prakash Advani's Blog

  • Amazon Phone on Fire at $199!

    Prakash
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    This Thanksgiving, Amazon Fire Phone is available at a special price of $199. For that price it looks like a great phone. Unlocked 2.2GHz quad-core processor 2GB RAM Bright 4.7″ HD display 13 MP camera with optical image stabilization, HDR, and LED flash 4 G LTE NFC support Free Headphones Free Amazon Prime for 1 year. The only reasons why I wouldn’t buy this is.. Tied to Amazon app store, no Google Play, 4.7″ Screen, if you are in the market for a bigger display No expandable memory slot GSM Only Related posts: Xolo Q3000 – high end phone at an affordable price. A…
  • Dual Booting Android 5.0 and Ubuntu Touch on Nexus 4

    Prakash
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    My setup: Laptop with Ubuntu 14.04LTS  and Nexus 4. I also assume you are comfortable with the command prompt. You need to run some commands from terminal. If you are already running Android 5.0, you can skip Step 1 and go directly to Step 2 to root your device. In my case, I didn’t wait for the OTA update, but if you prefer to play it safe, get the Android 5.0 update and then start. Pre-Preparation. Make sure your laptop is charged or plugged into the power and your phone is charged too. Take a full system backup, because these steps wipes the Android clean. And ensure your laptop…
  • .NET goes open source

    Prakash
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:28 am
    With other languages such as Java and Python getting large user base, this is a good move to gain some users. Microsoft is open sourcing .NET, this should reduce the compatibility challenges with cross-platform applications developed using Microsoft Tools. http://news.microsoft.com/2014/11/12/microsoft-takes-net-open-source-and-cross-platform-adds-new-development-capabilities-with-visual-studio-2015-net-2015-and-visual-studio-online/ Related posts: Most popular open-source cloud projects of 2014 At CloudOpen, a Linux Foundation tradeshow held in conjunction with... GoGrid Wants to be Open…
  • Tox: Secure and Open Source alternative to Skype

    Prakash
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:47 pm
    The main thing the Tox team is trying to do, besides provide encryption, is create a tool that requires no central servers whatsoever—not even ones that you would host yourself. It relies on the same technology that BitTorrent uses to provide direct connections between users, so there’s no central hub to snoop on or take down. There are other developers trying to build a secure, peer-to-peer messaging systems, including Briar and Invisible.im, a project co-created by HD Moore, the creator of the popular security testing framework Metasploit. And there are other secure-centric voice…
  • Cloud customers are still paying for twice as much as they need

    Prakash
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:39 pm
    An independent survey of 200 UK-based CIOs has revealed that they are only using about half of the cloud capacity they’ve bought and paid for, and that 90 percent of them see over-provisioning as a necessary evil. Cloud provider ElasticHosts, which commissioned the survey, says: “Essentially, bad habits like over-provisioning and sacrificing peak performance are being carried from the on-premise world into the cloud, partly because people are willing to accept these limitations.” Read…
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  • 6 things I learned from riding in a Google self-driving car

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    When discussing self-driving cars, people tend to ask a lot of superficial questions: how much will these cars cost? Is this supposed to replace my car at home? Is this supposed to replace taxis or Uber? What if I need to use a drive-thru? They ignore the smarter questions. They ignore the fact that 45% of disabled people in the US still work. They ignore the fact that 95% of a car's lifetime is spent parked. They ignore how this technology could transform the lives of the elderly, or eradicate the need for parking lots or garages or gas stations. They dismiss the entire concept because they…
  • Inside the Intel 1405: die photos of a shift register memory

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:25 pm
    In 1970, MOS memory chips were just becoming popular, but were still very expensive. Intel had released their first product the previous year, the 3101 RAM chip with 64 bits of storage.[1] For this chip (with enough storage to hold the word "aardvark") you'd pay $99.50. To avoid these astronomical prices, some computers used the cheaper alternative of shift register memory. Intel's 1405 shift register provided 512 bits of storage - 8 times as much as their RAM chip - at a significantly lower price. In a shift register memory, the bits go around and around in a circle, with one bit available…
  • BlackBerry's surviving, but not as a smartphone company

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    It's been almost a year since John Chen was appointed to save Blackberry and it's clear that his grand plan has, at least, stopped the company losing money hand over fist. In the Canadian outfit's latest three month report, it reveals that losses have been trimmed from $4.4 billion last year to a much more manageable $148 million. Of course, it's clear that as the business reinvents itself as a software-and-services company, manufacturing smartphones has increasingly become a side project. Pretty amazing turnaround financially, but I doubt it'll be enough for the future of Blackberry OS -…
  • Apple Watch, WatchKit, and accessibility

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Ever since rumors started swirling that Apple was working on a wearable device, I've often thought about what such a device would mean for people with disabilities. My curiosity is so high, in fact, that I've even written about the possibilities. Make no mistake, for users with disabilities such as myself, a wearable like the Apple Watch brings with it usage and design paradigms that, I think, are of even greater impact than what the iPhone in one's pocket has to offer. Suffice it to say, I'm very excited for Apple Watch's debut sometime next year. Accessibility is definitely a strong point…
  • Flaw discovered that could let anyone listen to your cell calls

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:02 pm
    German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale - even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available. The flaws, to be reported at a hacker conference in Hamburg this month, are the latest evidence of widespread insecurity on SS7, the global network that allows the world's cellular carriers to route calls, texts and other services to each other. Experts say it's increasingly clear that SS7, first designed in the 1980s, is riddled…
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  • Tizen Samsung Z1 full specifications leaked, India release followed by China and Korea

    Roy Schestowitz
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:07 pm
    We have been waiting for the Samsung Z1 launch event, and it looks like its finally happening at a secret Samsung Z1 launch event in India. Its exciting to see that we have final specifications of the Z1 which runs Tizen 2.3, 4.0 inch 800 x 480 PLS TFT display, 768MB RAM, 1.2GHz Dual-core processor, 3MP primary camera with a LED flash, VGA Front Facing Camera, 4GB internal storage, microSD card slot, with a 1,500 mAh battery. read more
  • The 5 Best Linux Stories of 2014

    Roy Schestowitz
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Two Thousand and Fourteen was an exciting, tumultuous and rather funky year for Linux. Great consumer news, forks, death threats, hardware delays and... something truly unthinkable just a few years ago. Truth be told I'm still trying to wrap my head around, what feels like, the zaniest year of Linux shenanigans I have ever seen. Here are the 5 stories that, I feel, best sum up what happened with Linux (and the related Open Source world) in 2014. read more
  • How To Install Puppy Linux Tahr On A USB Drive

    Roy Schestowitz
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Puppy Linux is a lightweight Linux distribution designed to run from removable devices such as DVDs and USB drives. There are a number of Puppy Linux variants including Puppy Slacko, which utilises the Slackware repositories, and Puppy Tahr which utilises the Ubuntu repositories. Other versions of Puppy Linux include Simplicity and MacPUP. It is possible to use UNetbootin to create a bootable Puppy Linux USB drive but it isn't the method that is recommended. Puppy Linux works great on older laptops, netbooks and computers without hard drives. It isn't designed to be installed on a hard drive…
  • Librem 15 Is a Beast of a Linux Laptop with a Gorgeous Finish

    Roy Schestowitz
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Librem 15 aims to be the only laptop coming with completely free software and its makers are looking to get some funding through a crowdfunding campaign. You might think that if a laptop ships with any Linux distribution, then it would stand to reason that it would be loaded with free and open source software, but the truth is that it's not that simple or even intuitive. For example, it's true that the Linux kernel is an open source project and that it's freely distributable, but there are some people in the community that say it's not enough. read more
  • Google and Facebook feel the wrath of German open source advocate

    Roy Schestowitz
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Open-Xchange CEO Rafael Laguna has hit out at the closed nature of services offered by Silicon Valley giants like Google and Facebook. Speaking in Paris earlier this month, Laguna said many of Silicon Valley's largest companies, and others like them, need to open up their proprietary systems to comply with laws around the world and uphold many of the citizen’s rights that people have fought for over the last several hundred years. read more
 
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  • Imagery Aspect in Facebook Advertising

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:52 am
    Social media space was revolutionized back in 2006 when Facebook opened its doors to the wider public. Since then, a lot has happened to Facebook as a social media platform. It has more than a billion active users now making it the largest social media website on the planet. This creates unique opportunities for the marketing sector. A billion active Facebook users create a pool of people that can be accessed easily for marketing purposes. This unique aspect about Facebook has pulled in many businesses to Facebook to market themselves. It is now a common place for you to find ads on Facebook.
  • Create an App for Your Mobile Phone

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    Why you need to have an app. for you mobile phone? Well it makes your Smartphone efficient and makes it look custom made. You would have spend tons of money in downloading, but how about developing the your own app?, doesn’t it sound good? Well with some cool create an app tools you can created your desired apps for iphone, and android phones. Mobile apps The mobile apps arrive in various platforms; however the Google’s android and apple’iOS are the most renowned ones. Mobile app development is found to be a lucrative business. However many individuals hesitate to come into this…
  • Make unlimited videos with video maker software

    admin
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Making videos for any presentation or any advertisement can seem very hectic and costly. However, for business to progress in an easy way it will be better if you have a video that depicts it. It is attractive and eye catching too. If you are worrying about the cost you have to pay for your video, why not make one on your own? Now you might be thinking how that is possible. It is very simple. All you have to do is buy a software and prepare your own videos instead of paying for the videos every time. Here is an example of software by the name of Video Maker Fx. First, you have to get to know…
  • Host your site with more confidence

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:19 am
    Do you want to get the best out of web hosting? Even if you happen to be from a non technical background, with proper guidance and practices you can definitely look at hosting a site entirely on your own. Also, that would in turn mean better management of your business online, considering that it would be entirely in your own hands. WordPress tutorials is more of an encyclopedia containing total information regarding what is required to get your site up running all well. Some of the exclusive feature rich packages that you can look forward to are – Huge collection of topics A huge…
  • How can enhanced servers improve website traffic?

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:57 pm
    With the current inclination of globalization big internet providers provide professional amalgamation and externalized web hosting services which are outsourced by company performance and very fastly it captures whole market. Best Belleville Internet Provider who transmits best services to its clients on best deal and integrates all factors important for resolution of accessing the internet. There are many service providers who profusely help in every manner and give you better deal on affordable range so it is very important to check all aspects before hiring any service provider for your…
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  • BSDNow Episode 068: Just the Essentials

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    It's Michael W. Lucas week at Undeadly, as this week's episode of BSDNow features a lengthy interview with the man. Additionally, they have more conference videos, a comparison of FreeBSD and OpenBSD security features, the OpenSMTPD folks (hi gilles@!) write about the work they've been doing, a review of httpd(8), and all the week's odds and ends in the world of BSD. Video HD Video MP3 Audio OGG Audio Torrent
  • Michael W. Lucas' Sudo Talk Online

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    Michael W. Lucas, author of Absolute OpenBSD, SSH Mastery, and Sudo Mastery (among others!) has given a talk, titled "Sudo: You're Doing it Wrong", now online: It runs just over an hour, so make sure you bring a snack!
  • Dec 10th Errata

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    Ted Unangst (tedu@) has announced the availability of patches for three separate issues. The first errata addresses the recent DNS server issue Three new errata to announce. Malicious DNS servers could cause a denial of service with an endless series of delegations. This affects named (BIND) and unbound. There is a patch for unbound in 5.6. (unbound wasn't built in 5.5.) We don't have patches for BIND at this time. Missing memory barriers (and other bugs) made virtio devices unreliable. Patches available for 5.5 and 5.6. Lots and lots of security bugs in the X server have finally been fixed.
  • Libressl 2.1.2 released.

    9 Dec 2014 | 12:48 am
    Brent Cook writes to tech@openbsd.org: We have released LibreSSL 2.1.2, which will be arriving in the LibreSSL directory of your local OpenBSD mirror soon. Read more...
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  • CherryTree 0.35.6 (GTK Text Editor)

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    CherryTree 0.35.6 (GTK Text Editor)A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file. FEATURES: • rich text (foreground color, background color, bold, italic, underline, strikethrough, small, h1, h2, h3, subscript, superscript, monospace) • syntax highlighting supporting several programming languages • images handling: insertion in the text, edit (resize/rotate), save as png file • embedded files handling: insertion in the text, save to disk • lists handling (bulleted, numbered, to-do and switch between…
  • XDecorations 0.1.7 (GTK Other Software)

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    XDecorations 0.1.7 (GTK Other Software)Some eye candy for the holidays, including lights, trees, snowmen, pumpkins, flying sleighs and witches, snow and autumn leaves. This is along the lines of xsnow/xpenguins, and allows you to set themeable decorations on the desktop, you can choose ( at the moment ) either Halloween or Xmas themes or you can add your own. You can set the speed of the various parts of the theme and their positions, either from the command line or from a config file, ( there is a documented default config file included ). This works with a number of different WM's, but…
  • LiVES 2.2.7 (GTK Video Application)

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    LiVES 2.2.7 (GTK Video Application)LiVES is a simple to use, yet powerful video editor and VJ tool. It allows you to combine realtime and rendered effects, streams and multiple video/audio files, and then encode to over 50 formats. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features. LiVES is part editor, part VJ tool. It is fully extendable through open standard RFX plugin scripts. LiVES lets you start editing and making video right away, without having to worry about formats, frame sizes, or framerates. LiVES will let you start creating your own tools, utilities and effects via the built…
  • Audi XQ Concept Desktop With Conky Conky Manager (Screenlet)

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Audi XQ Concept Desktop With Conky Conky Manager (Screenlet)Conky Made for Wallpaper[read more]job recommendations:[more jobs]
  • Gis Weather 0.7.5 (Screenlet)

    20 Dec 2014 | 1:11 am
    Gis Weather 0.7.5 (Screenlet)Customizable weather widget Features: - View weather for several days - Detailed weather forecast for today and tomorrow - Fast switching between cities - Select the background and theme weather icons - "Compass" with the wind direction, with adjustable angle of rotation - Highlighting the high wind - Supported weather services: - ----Gismeteo.com - ----AccuWeather.com - Support SVG and widget scale - Indicator to panel - Presets README: https://github.com/RingOV/gis-weather/blob/master/README.mdchangelog:https://sourceforge.net/p/gis-weather/changelog/…
 
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  • How the operating system was born. Part 6

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Again with the recap on the previous article where I mentioned how the bios was one of the first operating systems and how it was extremely limited.   The name actually gives that reason away as it is, as you should know by now, an acronym for Basic Input/Output System. This basic is the lite...
  • How the operating system was born. Part 5.

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Just to do the obligatory recap of the previous posting I mentioned how computers became fast enough to be able to perform time slicing or multitasking to enable multiple users at one time.   This is essential to an operating system as a modern operating system consists of several parts, all ...
  • How the operating system was born. Part 4.

    4 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Just to recap from the last posting the boffins bravely begat bigger, better and more badass computers that became bit and byte bashers for more than one person at a time. How they managed this without hyper threading, parallel computing or an operating system just shows how bleeding edge they were....
  • How the operating system was born. Part 3.

    2 Dec 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Previously I started explaining that as computer hardware became more advanced and variable it became apparent that a solution was needed to address this.   This was because a lot of development work in programs was dedicated to what I believe is called skeleton programming. This is where a p...
  • How the operating system was born. Part 2.

    30 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    In the previous part of how the operating system was born I touched upon how programs were hard coded and then written just for a single type of machine. Those early computers could only run a single program at a time.   As technology improved new forms of data storage were invented. This mea...
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  • Zorin: That is Flexibility!

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I will start off by saying that I am a 67 year old retired male who is only moderately computer savvy.I started out using Linux with the Mandrake version about 8 years ago as an experiment. I was upset with Windows 95 & 98 because it would continuously freeze up and eventually would ruin the hard drive. Not to mention the virus problems.I tried Lindows for a while because I liked their repository and the ease at which one could download and install programs. After a few years Lindows which had changed its name to Linspire was discontinued so I switched to Ubuntu with the KDE GUI…
  • We would like to thank the Zorin OS team

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    I'm currently working as the only IT staff member at a small neighbourhood council that is dedicated to helping our neighbours as much as we can by providing various services such as reconditioning schools, parks, and in my case computers.Now recent we received a huge batch of laptops (Lenovo Thinkpad T60) as donations. We use these laptops so they can provide online and local training to youth workers so they can learn work skills and etiquette that will be essential for them to advance their careers professionally. The issue we are currently facing with these laptops is that the hardware is…
  • Linux notes from DarkDuck blog is now 4 years old!

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    It was 4 years ago when the first post was published in English on this blog, Linux notes from DarkDuck.Do you remember that time? I think there are not that many of you who do. How may of my readers joined the Linux community after I started the blog? Are there any who was influenced by me on this road? I hope at least couple of you are...Congratulations to everyone!And, of course, stay tuned for more interesting stuff to come...
  • Users don't want Ubuntu 14.10

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Linux notes from DarkDuck announced a poll few weeks ago. The poll contained two questions:Are you waiting for Ubuntu 14.10 release?Are you planning to update/upgrade/install Ubuntu 14.10 on your computer?It is time now to announce the results of the poll.In total, almost 600 users voted between the 9th of September and the 1st of October 2014. It is the most representative poll on this blog so far.The simplest would be to represent results as a table: Are you waiting forUbuntu 14.10 release? Are you planning to update / upgrade / install Ubuntu 14.10 on your computer? No 305 No 266 Yes 39…
  • The hair loss cure for new Linux users

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    If you've spent countless hours making an open source operating system run perfectly on your machine, how about sharing it? You will save new users from the same hair loss or mental breakdown that you experienced. Distroshare.com is a new site that makes it easy to share and download installable distributions for specific hardware or purposes. This has the potential to increase the number of people using Linux and other open source OSes.If you have been using Linux for a while now, it is pretty clear to you why Linux hasn't taken off on the desktop. Installing Linux distributions on standard…
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    Ubuntu Musings

  • A look at three open source alternatives to Google Analytics

    Scott Nesbitt
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:33 am
    (Note: This post was originally published on October 23, 2014 at Opensource.com and appears here via a Creative Commons license) If you have a website or an online business, collecting data on where your visitors or customers come from, where they land on your site, and where they leave is vital. Why? Having that information can help you better target your products and services, and beef up the pages that are turning people away. The way to gather that kind of information is with a web analytics tool. Many people and businesses (of all sizes) turn to Google Analytics. But if you want to keep…
  • A few links of interest

    Scott Nesbitt
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:29 am
    The complete beginner’s guide to Linux What happens when a non-techie tries to learn Linux? A look at some powerful command line file transfer utilities 5 steps to migrating to open source software Embrace your inner geek and connect to wifi networks from the command line Related posts: Blog posts, now with more Creative Commons A few links of interest A few links of interest
  • Clean up your digital audio with Audacity

    Scott Nesbitt
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:57 am
    (Note: This post was originally published on October 3, 2014 at Opensource.com) When you’re dealing with audio files, you’ll run into a few problems every so soften. This is especially true with voice recordings and audio that was converted to a digital format from a cassette tape or a vinyl record. One of the biggest problems is noise. This could be hissing or background noise like the sound of the wind or a loud air conditioning unit, or even someone inadvertently breathing into a microphone. No matter what the source is, that noise is distracting. And while it’s…
  • A few links of interest

    Scott Nesbitt
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    How to build a school computer lab, using open source software Roll your own YouTube or Flickr with MediaGoblin Learn the basics of Linux file permissions 5 lies that Linux haters like to tell 9 signs that you should be using Linux Related posts: Blog posts, now with more Creative Commons A few links of interest A few links of interest
  • Easing into open source

    Scott Nesbitt
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Note: This post is based on a lightning talk that I gave on October 21, 2014 at the Opensource.com Lightning Talks in Raleigh, North Carolina. I’ve made the slides for the talk available on Slideshare. There are many people out there who are interested in, and even eager to use, open source. Not just for one or two tasks, but for their entire computing experience. But, for a variety of reasons, they aren’t able or willing to make the leap from the closed, proprietary world to a more free and open one. Even the more resolute ones hesitate. Why? A big part of it is change, which no one…
 
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    OMG! Ubuntu!

  • Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 Releases Now Ready for Download

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:21 pm
    The first alpha releases in the Ubuntu 15.04 development cycle are now available to download for testing. The post Ubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 Releases Now Ready for Download first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
  • First Ubuntu Phone Will Launch In Europe This February

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    The first Ubuntu Phone will go on sale in Europe in the second week of February. The post First Ubuntu Phone Will Launch In Europe This February first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
  • Canonical, China Mobile Team Up for Ubuntu Phone ‘Innovation Contest’

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    China's youth developer community is invited to participate in the 'Ubuntu Developer Innovation Contest' with the chance to win 70,000RMB cash. The post Canonical, China Mobile Team Up for Ubuntu Phone ‘Innovation Contest’ first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
  • New SuperTuxKart Beta Features a Powerful New Graphics Engine

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    A new beta release of open-source racing game Super Tux Kart is available for testing, featuring improved tracks and a new graphics engine. The post New SuperTuxKart Beta Features a Powerful New Graphics Engine first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
  • 6 Ideal Last Minute Linux Xmas Gift Ideas

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Christmas, Yule, Winterville, new socks day… Whatever you call it you'll be panic stricken to hear that it's almost here. Like the rest of us in denial, you are a little stumped for ideas. The post 6 Ideal Last Minute Linux Xmas Gift Ideas first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
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    Benjamin Kerensa

  • Give a little

    Benjamin Kerensa
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Give by Time Green (CC-BY-SA) The year is coming to an end and I would encourage you all to consider making a tax-deductible donation (If you live in the U.S.) to one of the following great non-profits: Mozilla The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes openness, innovation and participation on the Internet. We promote the values of an open Internet to the broader world. Mozilla is best known for the Firefox browser, but we advance our mission through other software projects, grants and engagement and education efforts. EFF The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the…
  • Portland needs Uber

    Benjamin Kerensa
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Maybe the Mayor should try Uber! It has been pretty sad to see the City of Portland continue to blockade Uber from servicing people in Portland, Oregon. It really seems like the City is shielding dinosaur taxi companies that have built a reputation of providing poor service at top dollar. Yep, that’s right. I think taxi service in Portland stinks but I’m not the only one. So do the thousands who live in Portland and better yet the thousands of people who travel here to be a tourist or do business each year. One of my friends was in town some months back and she grabbed a cab with…
  • Mozilla All Hands: They can’t hold us!

    Benjamin Kerensa
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform for Mozilla What a wonderful all hands we had this past week. The entire week was full of meetings and planning and I must say I was exhausted by Thursday having been up each day working by 6:00am and going to bed by midnight. I’m very happy to report that I made a lot of progress on meeting with more people to discuss the future of Firefox Extended Support Release and how to make it a much better offering to organizations. I also spent some time talking to folks about Firefox in Ubuntu and rebranding Iceweasel to Firefox in Debian (fingers crossed…
  • Chasing the wrong problems

    Benjamin Kerensa
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:44 pm
    As the discussion on Ubuntu Governance has progressed, it seems the Community Council decided to host a meeting the other day to discuss the topic while the conversation pivoted around a few topics. I want to add my two cents and say I really do not think that the Ubuntu Community has suffered from a lack of leadership and good governance, both separate things.  I think Jonathan Carter (Highvoltage) really nailed it when he said this in the Community Council meeting “if you visit a canonical page on community and how to get involved, it’s *full* of whatever’s important to…
  • Community Appreciation Day: You All Rock!

    Benjamin Kerensa
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Today is Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day and I wanted to quickly recognize the following people, but before doing so, I want to thank all the contributors that make the Ubuntu Community what it is. Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph Elizabeth is a stellar community contributor who has provided solid leadership and mentorship to thousands of Ubuntu Contributors over the years. She is always available to lend an ear to a Community Contributor and provide advice. Her leadership through the Community Council has been amazing and she has always done what is in the best interest of the Community. Charles…
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    Xmodulo

  • How to configure fail2ban to protect Apache HTTP server

    Dan Nanni
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:24 pm
    An Apache HTTP server in production environments can be under attack in various different ways. Attackers may attempt to gain access to unauthorized or forbidden directories by using brute-force attacks or executing evil scripts. Some malicious bots may scan your websites for any security vulnerability, or collect email addresses or web forms to send spams […]Continue reading... The post How to configure fail2ban to protect Apache HTTP server appeared first on Xmodulo. Related FAQs: How to protect SSH server from brute force attacks using fail2ban How to set up a transparent HTTPS…
  • How to filter, split or merge pcap files on Linux

    Dan Nanni
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you are a network admin who is involved in testing an intrusion detection system or network access control policy, you may often rely on offline analysis using collected packet dumps. When it comes to storing packet dumps, libpcap's packet dump format (pcap format) is the most widely used by many open-source packet sniffing and […]Continue reading... The post How to filter, split or merge pcap files on Linux appeared first on Xmodulo. Related FAQs: How to access ssh terminal in web browser on Linux How to close an open DNS resolver What are useful CLI tools for Linux system admins…
  • How to schedule appointments and to-do tasks in a Linux terminal

    Gabriel Cánepa
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you are a Linux system administrator who enjoys spending your time in terminal-land, but also needs a way to stay on top of your everyday tasks, appointments and meetings, you will find calcurse to be a very useful tool. calcurse combines a calendar, a to-do list manager, a scheduler and a configurable notification system […]Continue reading... The post How to schedule appointments and to-do tasks in a Linux terminal appeared first on Xmodulo. No related FAQ.
  • What is good audio editing software on Linux

    Adrien Brochard
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Whether you are an amateur musician or just a student recording his professor, you need to edit and work with audio recordings. If for a long time such task was exclusively attributed to Macintosh, this time is over, and Linux now has what it takes to do the job. In short, here is a non-exhaustive […]Continue reading... The post What is good audio editing software on Linux appeared first on Xmodulo. No related FAQ.
  • How to block unwanted IP addresses on Linux efficiently

    Dan Nanni
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:29 pm
    You may want to block IP addresses on your Linux box under various circumstances. For example, as an end user you may want to protect yourself from known spyware or tracker IP addresses. Or when you are running P2P software, you may want to filter out connections from networks associated with anti-P2P activity. If you […]Continue reading... The post How to block unwanted IP addresses on Linux efficiently appeared first on Xmodulo. Related FAQs: How to set up a transparent HTTPS filtering proxy on CentOS How to close an open DNS resolver How to run iptables automatically after reboot on…
 
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    blackMORE Ops

  • darodar.com referrer spam and should you be worried?   Recently updated !

    blackMORE Ops
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    blackMORE Ops blackMORE Ops - Learn one trick a day .... I had some interesting traffic showing up in my Google Analytics today. So far I’ve seen 21 referral traffic from forum.topic55798995.darodar.com to my home page http://www.blackmoreops.com/.     Date: 18 Dec 2014-18 Dec 2014 Referral Traffic » Source: forum.topic12345678.darodar.com Referral Path » / : http://www.blackmoreops.com/ Referral Sessions » 21 Avg. Session Duration » 00:13:22 This is an uncommon Domain and URL, so obviously I was suspicious given that my site serves contents specific to security and…
  • Random quotes and creatures using fortune and cowsay in Linux terminal   Recently updated !

    blackMORE Ops
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    blackMORE Ops blackMORE Ops - Learn one trick a day .... fortune is a simple program that displays a pseudorandom message from a database of quotations that first appeared in Version 7 Unix. The most common version on modern systems is the BSD fortune, originally written by Ken Arnold. Distributions of fortune are usually bundled with a collection of themed files, containing sayings like those found on fortune cookies (hence the name), quotations from famous people, jokes, or poetry. cowsay is a program which generates ASCII pictures of a cow with a message. It can also generate pictures…
  • Fixing error: Package packagename is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source E: Package ‘packagename’ has no installation candidate   Recently updated !

    blackMORE Ops
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    blackMORE Ops blackMORE Ops - Learn one trick a day .... A common error in Linux A very common error in Linux; well, most Debian based Linux distributions such as Debian itself, Ubuntu, Kali, Linux Mint has this error when trying to install a package/application “Package packagename is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source. E: Package ‘packagename’ has no installation candidate” Package somePackage is not available, but is referred to by another…
  • Fixing ProxyChains ERROR: ld.so: object ‘libproxychains.so.3′ from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored.   Recently updated !

    blackMORE Ops
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    blackMORE Ops blackMORE Ops - Learn one trick a day .... Nullsec posted on – November 29, 2014 at 7:53 pm regarding ProxyChains giving an error: ERROR: ld.so: object ‘libproxychains.so.3′ from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored. Essentially, this might expose you. Following fix was also posted by NullSec, ‘Thank you‘. (I’ve only formatted his comment to make it more user-readable!) ProxyChains error Hey mate, I notice on kali 1.09, people seem to have problems with proxychains 3 that ships by default, something is buggy. proxychains iceweasel (gives…
  • Reset root password in Ubuntu, Debian, Kali, CentOS or pretty much any Linux distributions

    blackMORE Ops
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:48 pm
    blackMORE Ops blackMORE Ops - Learn one trick a day .... Forgetting root password is an hassle. We try to be vigilant with our security and set a complex root password. We also try not to login using directly into root account (in most production boxes) and use sudo instead. So it’s not very unlikely to loose your root password and depending on how you’ve setup your access, you just might not be able to reset it using sudo passwd root/someusername. Following post shows you two different ways to reset root password in Ubuntu, Debian, Kali, CentOS or pretty much any Linux…
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  • 20 Linux Commands Interview Questions & Answers

    Pradeep Kumar
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Q:1 How to check current run level of a linux server ? Ans: ‘who -r’ & ‘runlevel’ commands are used to check the current runlevel of a linux box. Q:2 How to check the default gatway in linux ? Ans: Using the commands “route -n” and “netstat -nr” , we can check default gateway. Apart from the default gateway info , these commands also display the current routing tables . Q:3 How to rebuild initrd image file on Linux ? Ans: In case of CentOS 5.X / RHEL 5.X , mkinitrd command is used to create initrd file , example is shown below : # mkinitrd -f -v…
  • Fedora 21 Desktop Installation Steps with Screenshots

    Pradeep Kumar
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Fedora is an open source Linux based operating system. As Fedora is free so end users can use it , modify it as per their requirements and distribute it. Fedora Operating system is available for Desktops, Servers and cloud. Fedora project is supported by RedHat. Most of the new softwares and technologies are developed and tested by Redhat in Fedora and then later on these softwares are used in Redhat Stable Versions. In this post we will discuss Fedora 21 Desktop or workstation (64 bit) Installation Steps with Screenshots. Below are the minimum requirements to install Fedora 21. 1GHz or…
  • Linux ‘ls’ command examples for beginners

    Pradeep Kumar
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    The ls (list) command displays a list of files and directories. It supports several options some of them are listed in the below table along with a short description of each. In this post we will discuss 14 different examples of ls command which can be useful for beginners. Syntax of ls command : # ls [options] [file | directory] Option Description -a Lists hidden files also. If a file or directory name starts with a dot, it is referred to as hidden. -F Displays file types. Shows / for directories, * for executable files, @ for symbolic links and nothing for text files. -lh Displays long…
  • Install KVM (Kernel Based Virtual Machine) On Ubuntu Server 14.04 / 14.10

    Pradeep Kumar
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    KVM stands for Kernel Based Virtual Machine, it is a Kernel based virtualization software available in Linux like operating system. KVM is used to create and manage virtual machines and it works only if the CPU has a support of hardware Virtualization. Use the below command to check whether your system’s CPU support hardware virtualization. linuxtechi@localhost:~$ sudo egrep "svm|vmx" /proc/cpuinfo flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts…
  • Working with Standard Input, Output & Error in Linux

    Pradeep Kumar
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Every process in Linux is provided with three open files( usually called file descriptor). These files are the standard input, output and error files. By default : Standard Input is the keyboard, abstracted as a file to make it easier to write shell scripts. Standard Output is the shell window or the terminal from which the script runs, abstracted as a file to again make writing scripts & program easier Standard error is the same as standard output:the shell window or terminal from which the script runs. A file descriptor is simply a number that refers to an open file. By default , file…
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    Rude Otter

  • Install CiviCRM on WordPress with Nginx (LEMP stack)

    James Bradach
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Over the weekend I installed a copy of CiviCRM on WordPress to demo for a small nonprofit that recently asked me to help with some of their data needs. CiviCRM is a constituent relationship management (CRM) system designed for nonprofit organizations. While I installed it as a WordPress plugin, it’s also available for Joomla and Drupal. Install CiviCRM on WordPress with Nginx This guide was written using: WordPress 4.0.1, CiviCRM 4.5.4 Nginx 1.6.2 MariaDB 10.0.15 (as a replacement for MySQL) PHP 5.5.9 Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Nginx, MariaDB or MySQL, and PHP/PHP-FPM should already be…
  • Password protect WordPress admin directory on Nginx

    James Bradach
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Extra protection against brute force attacks While WordPress has an authentication system of its own, some opt to add additional server-side password protection to /wp-admin/ using basic authentication. This prompts users for a username and a password before even allowing access to the admin files and WordPress authentication. Password protecting wp-login.php is generally sufficient WordPress cautions that password protecting /wp-admin/ itself can break some WordPress functionality and plugins using AJAX. While the password protection can be configured to allow AJAX to bypass authentication,…
  • Nginx redirect and SSL configuration example

    James Bradach
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Over the past few months I’ve been working with WordPress sites a surprising amount. During this same time, I decided to switch all of my sites over to HTTPS exclusively. The switch was relatively painless, especially since free SSL certificate are now available. I started with the HTML 5 Boilerplate team’s Nginx configuration snippets maintained by Andy Dawson. I had to make a few adjustments to them related to SSL and PHP but a majority of their defaults I didn’t need to touch at all. Nginx Redirects The Nginx return directive can be used to efficiently return a code and…
  • Create a self-signed SSL certificate for Nginx

    James Bradach
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:25 am
    If your application has any sort of login page or transmits sensitive information, it’s wise the make those sections accessible only via HTTPS. Even if your site has no sensitive information, it’s worth considering using HTTPS as Google now considers it a ranking signal. For any pages a general user will access, you’ll want to use an SSL certificate signed by a reputable third party to avoid browser warnings. There are a number of vendors out there offering certificates, but a free personal certificate from StartSSL will probably work fine for non-commerce sites.  …
  • Nginx proxy and load-balancing functionality intro

    Guest Blogger
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Nginx is one of the most viable (and visible) open-source HTTP servers competing against Apache today. Due to its asynchronous, event-based nature, Nginx is highly scalable and can far outperform Apache under very heavy loads. As a result, it is one of the best choices to use when setting up a reverse proxy and/or load balancer, especially since it also now supports proxying of the WebSocket protocol. Both functions are built into nginx (the Proxy module and Upstream module, respectively), so just about any installation of Nginx can be readied without additional software. The magic all…
 
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    Jay N. Forrest | Podcast and Blog

  • The Reason for the Season

    Jay N. Forrest
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    It is a documented historical fact that Jesus is not the reason for the season. The season existed long before the birth of Christ. It is actually a combination of several pagan festivals. The first was the Saturnalia, which was … Continue reading →
  • 005 Why I Am No Longer a Buddhist

    Jay N. Forrest
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    To be rationally consistent means not freezing our beliefs, lest we should be guilty of the crime of change. Rather it consists in holding our minds open to receive the light of truth from everywhere. It means changing our beliefs … Continue reading →
  • 004 The Tortured Logic of America

    Jay N. Forrest
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:20 pm
    The Senate Intelligence Committee release the CIA torture report. The torture tactics used included waterboarding, nudity, dietary manipulation, exposure to cold temperatures, cold showers, mock executions, sleep deprivation, slapping, punching, isolation in total darkness, shackled, hooded, made to wear a … Continue reading →
  • Buddhism and Politics

    Jay N. Forrest
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    Many people feel there are two taboo topics, religion and politics. Most people classify Buddhism as a religion, albeit a unique one. Personally I don’t believe Buddhism is a religion really, rather it’s a philosophy of life and a psychology … Continue reading →
  • 003 Black Lives Matter

    Jay N. Forrest
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Another police officer goes free after choking a black man to death. I also cover the news that NASA’s Orion spacecraft launch was postponed because of sticky booster valves. And I update you on Sony hackers and global warming. I … Continue reading →
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    Linux Commando

  • How to create a swap file

    Peter Leung
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Linux can be configured to use swap space, aka secondary disk storage, when physical memory is running low. Swap spaces can be allocated as disk partitions ('swap partitions') or as files ('swap files'). While swap partitions are generally preferred over swap files, if your system is a virtual private server (VPS) without a pre-configured swap partition, creating a swap file may be your only option. The following procedure describes how to create a swap file. List swap spaces Before you create a swap file, you should first check whether the system has any swap space pre-allocated. The easiest…
  • How to change system timezone

    Peter Leung
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you initially install Linux, you specify the machine's timezone. After the install, you can manually change the timezone. The following procedure applies to Debian and Ubuntu systems. Before you change the timezone, let's find out what timezone your system is currently in. $ dateTue Dec 2 13:53:11 PST 2014 The above date command tells you that the system is on PST, aka Pacific Standard Time. You can change the timezone interactively or through batch processing. Interactive setup The following command guides you through 2 screens to configure the timezone. $ sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata…
  • Free on-line Introduction to Linux course

    Peter Leung
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    In August 2014, more than 300,000 people registered for the first offering of the Introduction to Linux course. This popular Massive Open Online Course (MOCC) is taught by the Linux Foundation, and hosted on edx. The same course starts again on January 5, 2015. The course is designed for people who have limited or no previous exposure to Linux. Despite that, I have enrolled in it, thinking that I will pick up some new knowledge anyway. Because it is self-paced (and free), if it proves to be too easy, I will just skip the course content. If you are interested, please go enroll at edx today.
  • How to split an image for visual effects

    Peter Leung
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Suppose that you've just taken a panorama photograph with your fancy digital camera. You can display the picture as is on your blog. Or you can be a little bit more creative. How about splitting it up into 3 rectangular pieces? Or even into 2 rows like the following. To crop a photo into rectangular pieces, use the convert program from the ImageMagick software suite. If your system runs on Debian or Ubuntu, install ImageMagick like this: $ sudo apt-get install imagemagick The original panorama image (P3190007.JPG) is 4256 x 1144 pixels in width and height respectively. The following command…
  • Tools for checking broken web links - part 2

    Peter Leung
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Part 1 of this 2-part series on Linux link checking tools reviewed the tool linkchecker. This post concludes the series by presenting another tool, klinkstatus. Unlike linkchecker which has a command-line interface, klinkstatus is only available as a GUI tool. Installing klinkstatus on Debian/Ubuntu systems is as easy as: $ sudo apt-get install klinkstatus After installation, I could not locate klinkstatus in the GNOME menu system. No problem. To run the program, simply execute the klinkstatus command in a terminal window. For an initial exploratory test run, simply specify the starting URL…
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