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Dr. Lovesource: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the open

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 03:31
I used to write code. I don[he]#039[/he]t anymore. There are lots of reasons for this, including the fact that I wasn[he]#039[/he]t very good at it. To clarify, I was, I think, good at writing code,1 but I wasn[he]#039[/he]t very good at writing code.2 It turns out that I[he]#039[/he]m quite good at a variety of other things, so my career3 moved in a different direction—or, in fact, a variety of different directions.

What’s New in MX Linux 17

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 01:37
MX Linux 17 is the latest release of MX Linux. This release powered by Linux kernel 4.13, based on Debian GNU/Linux 9.3 “Stretch” and using Xfce 4.12.3 as default desktop environment.

From the Field

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 23:43
Just released on 1-14-2018: the 4.15-rc8 Linux kernel. You can view the commit diff here, and more information is available from The Linux Kernel Archives.

KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS Enters Beta, Brings Unified Look and Phone Integration

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 21:48
The KDE Project announced a few moments ago the release of the beta version of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems.

2 scientific calculators for the Linux desktop

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:54
Every Linux desktop environment comes with at least a simple desktop calculator, but most of those simple calculators are just that: a simple tool for simple calculations.Fortunately, there are exceptions; programs that go far beyond square roots and a couple of trigonometric functions, yet are still easy to use. Here are two powerful calculator tools for Linux, plus a couple of bonus options.read more

Wi-Fi Alliance announces WPA3 to secure modern networks

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:00
The alliance announced the Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3), a new standard of Wi-Fi security that greatly increases the security capabilities of the wireless standard. WPA2, which is the current standard in wireless security, has been around for 14 years, so this is way overdue.

Creating an Internet Radio Station with Icecast and Liquidsoap

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:05
Ever wanted to stream prerecorded music or a live event, such as a lecture orconcert for an internet audience? With Icecast and Liquidsoap, you can set up afull-featured, flexible internet radio station using free software and openstandards.

Linspire and Freespire Linux OSes Now Patched Against Meltdown and Spectre Flaws

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:11
After releasing an updated ISO image for Black Lab Enterprise Linux with patches against Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities, Roberto J. Dohnert also updated the Linspire and Freespire Linux OSes.

How To Boot Into Linux Command Line

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:17
The operating system makes use of swap space when its available physical memory (RAM) is running out due to ever demanding applications. In this situation, the operating system moves the inactive pages in physical memory to swap space.

How to Install Java on Ubuntu

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:22
Easy to follow, step by step, up to date instructions on how to install and set up Java on Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, 18.04 and any other release.

How debuggers really work

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:28
A debugger is one of those pieces of software that most, if not every, developer uses at least once during their software engineering career, but how many of you know how they actually work? During my talk at linux.conf.au 2018 in Sydney, I will be talking about writing a debugger from scratch... in Rust!In this article, the terms debugger/tracer are interchangeably. "Tracee" refers to the process being traced by the tracer.read more

An update on ongoing Meltdown and Spectre work

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 06:49
Last week, a series of critical vulnerabilities called Spectre and Meltdown were announced. Because of the nature of these issues, the solutions are complex and requires fixing delicate code. The fixes for Meltdown are mostly underway. The Meltdown fix for... Continue Reading →

AMD Releases Linux and Windows Patches for Two Variants of Spectre Vulnerability

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 04:55
AMD has published a press announcement on Thursday to inform its customers that it released patches for two variants of the Spectre security vulnerability disclosed to the public earlier this month.

User & Group management : Complete Beginner’s Guide

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 03:01
One of the major work of a System Administrator is User & Group Management. We have to create new users & groups, delete old ones, providing users access to a group or folder etc etc....

Hands on With System76's Beautiful Linux Distro Pop!_OS

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 01:06
Linux system manufacturer System76 introduced a beautiful looking Linux distribution called Pop!_OS. But is Pop OS worth an install? Read the Pop OS review and find out yourself.

Introducing the CAPS0ff Project

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 23:12
How you can help retrieve ROM data for classic video games.

How To Create Or Increase Swap Space In Linux

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 21:17
The operating system makes use of swap space when its available physical memory (RAM) is running out due to ever demanding applications. In this situation, the operating system moves the inactive pages in physical memory to swap space.

Meet Nextcloud Talk, World's First Self-Hosted, Encrypted Communication Platform

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 19:23
Nextcloud informs Softpedia today on the general availability of Nextcloud Talk, world's first self-hosted, enterprise-ready, and end-to-end encrypted audio/video and chat communication platform.

Ansible Tutorial: Intorduction to simple Ansible commands

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 17:29
Ansible is an open source configuration tool; that is used to deploy, configure & manage servers. Ansible is one of the easiest automation tool to learn and master. It does not require you to learn complicated programming language like ruby (used in puppet & chef) & uses YAML

Getting Quake 4 to run on a modern Linux system

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 15:34
Having already gone to the trouble of getting the original Doom 3 binary working on my modern Arch Linux system a few months back, it made me wonder just how much effort it would take to get the closed source Quake 4 port up and running again as well.