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Linux pkill Command Tutorial for Beginners (5 Examples)

LXer - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:10
In Linux, if you need to kill a process (for whatever reason) through the command line, you can you use the kill command, which requires you to pass as input the ID of the process you're trying to terminate. But did you know there also exists a way to kill processes without specifying their PIDs?

Windows Admin Center gets an update, just in time for Server 2019

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:02
Who wouldn't like a Honolulu holiday? Legacy Windows admins, that's who

Microsoft has released Windows Admin Center 1809 and its SDK, with a variety of tweaks and enhancements to Redmond’s latest take on managing a Windows environment.…

Romanian Ransomware Suspect Pleads Guilty To Hacking CCTVs in Washington DC

Slashdot - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:45
gosand writes: The Register reports that "a Romanian woman has admitted running a ransomware operation from infected Washington DC's CCTV systems just days before President Trump was sworn into office in the US capital." The US DOJ stated that "this case was of the highest priority due to its impact on the Secret Service's protective mission and its potential effect on the security plan for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration." She could face a maximum of 25 years if convicted. She and her cohort (who is still jailed in Romania) made the classic hacker mistake of using their personal gmail accounts for the campaign, even accessing them from one of the compromised PCs.

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Google Suppresses Memo Revealing Plans To Closely Track Search Users in China: The Intercept

Slashdot - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:05
Google bosses have forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China, The Intercept has learned. From the report: The memo, authored by a Google engineer who was asked to work on the project, disclosed that the search system, code-named Dragonfly, would require users to log in to perform searches, track their location -- and share the resulting history with a Chinese partner who would have "unilateral access" to the data. The memo was shared earlier this month among a group of Google employees who have been organizing internal protests over the censored search system, which has been designed to remove content that China's authoritarian Communist Party regime views as sensitive, such as information about democracy, human rights and peaceful protest. According to three sources familiar with the incident, Google leadership discovered the memo and were furious that secret details about the China censorship were being passed between employees who were not supposed to have any knowledge about it. Subsequently, Google human resources personnel emailed employees who were believed to have accessed or saved copies of the memo and ordered them to immediately delete it from their computers. Emails demanding deletion of the memo contained âoepixel trackersâ that notified human resource managers when their messages had been read, recipients determined.

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How to Install the Latest VLC Player in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

LXer - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:44
In this article, we will show several ways for you to install the VLC Media Player depending on whether you choose the graphical interface or the command line of your Ubuntu 18.04 system.

HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:30
Stung punters seek compo for 'security feature' update

HP Inc customers in the US have asked a California court to sign off on a $1.5m settlement over a firmware update that bricked printers using third-party ink cartridges.…

iFixit engineers have an L of a time pulling apart Apple's iPhone XS

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:31
Battery has a weird shape, power is down but hey, it has a hidden Notch!

The screwdriver fiddlers at iFixit have inflicted their usual brand of affection upon Apple’s pricey new phones and found a battery of a most unusual shape.…

Top 3 benefits of company open source programs

LXer - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:19
Many organizations, from Red Hat to internet-scale giants like Google and Facebook, have established open source programs (OSPO). The TODO Group, a network of open source program managers, recently performed the first annual survey of corporate open source programs, and it revealed some interesting findings on the actual benefits of open source programs.read more

HPE UK shunts cloud biz into London hipster shack amid rebrand

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:36
Slices, dices and merges people, ops into Shoreditch enclave

Hewlett Packard Enterprise UK is grouping its disparate cloud businesses, scrapping the brands of services outfits it has bought and moving the whole thing to a hipster village in East London.…

Enigma message crack honours pioneering Polish codebreakers

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:58
Plus: The Reg chats to wartime Bombe operator Ruth Bourne

The Bombe team at The National Museum Of Computing (TNMOC) has succeeded in breaking an Enigma-encrypted message in a live Poland-to-England demo.…

How Writing Can Expand Your Skills and Grow Your Career

LXer - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:53
“even if you don't consider yourself to be ‘a writer,’ you should consider writing about your open source contributions, project, or community.” Writing can be a great way to share knowledge and engage others in your work, but it has personal benefits as well. It can help you meet new people, learn new skills, and improve your communication style.

Scottish brewery recovers from ransomware attack

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:50
Trouble ferments after hackers lock system and Arran with it

Updated Staff at Arran Brewery were locked out of its computer systems this week following a ransomware attack.…

Purism Launches the Librem Key, Mir 1.0 Released, Solus 3 ISO Refresh Now Available, New Malware as a Service Botnet Discovered and Sparky 5.5 Is Out

Linux Journal - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:41

News briefs September 21, 2018.

Purism yesterday launched Librem Key, the "first and only OpenPGP smart card providing a Heads-firmware-integrated tamper-evident boot process". The Librem key is the size of an average thumb drive, allows you to keep your secret encryption keys in your pocket, and it alerts you if anyone tampers with your kernel or BIOS while you're away from your laptop. The key works with all laptops but has extended features with Purism's Librem laptop line. You can order one from here for $59. See also Kyle Rankin's post for more details on the Librem key.

The Mir team announces the milestone release of the Mir 1.0 display server today. This release is "targeted at IoT device makers and enthusiasts looking to build thenext-generation of graphical solutions". Mir's goal is to "unify the graphical environment across all devices, including desktop, TV, and mobile devices and continues to be developed with new features and modern standards". See the Mir website for more information.

Solus 3 ISO Refresh was released yesterday. This refresh of the operating system designed for home computing "enables support for a variety of new hardware released since Solus 3, introduces an updated set of default applications and theming, as well as enables users to immediately take advantage of new Solus infrastructure". You can download Solus Budgie, Solus GNOME or Solus MATE from here.

A new botnet in the "Malware as a Service" arena has been discovered that touts "Android-based payloads to potential cybercriminals". The botnet was developed by a Russian-speaking group called "The Lucy Game", which already has provided demos for potential subscribers. See ZDNet for more details.

New install ISO images of Sparky 5.5 "Nibiru", which is based on Debian testing "Buster", are now available for download. Changes include Linux kernel 4.18.6, Calamares installer updated to v. 3.2.1, GCC 8 is now the default and much more. You can download new ISO images from here.

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FOSS Project Spotlight: Nitrux, a Linux Distribution with a Focus on AppImages and Atomic Upgrades

Linux Journal - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:41
by Nitrux Latinoa…

Nitrux is a Linux distribution with a focus on portable, application formats like AppImages. Nitrux uses KDE Plasma 5 and KDE Applications, and it also uses our in-house software suite Nomad Desktop.

What Can You Use Nitrux For?

Well, just about anything! You can surf the internet, word-process, send email, create spreadsheets, listen to music, watch movies, chat, play games, code, do photo editing, create content—whatever you want!

Nitrux's main feature is the Nomad Desktop, which aims to extend Plasma to suit new users without compromising its power and flexibility for experts. Nomad's features:

  • The System Tray replaces the traditional Plasma version.
  • An expanded notification center allows users to manage notifications in a friendlier manner.
  • Easier access to managing networks: quick access to different network settings without having to search for them.
  • Improved media controls: a less confusing way to adjust the application's volume and integrated media controls.
  • Calendar and weather: displays the traditional Plasma calendar but also adds the ability to see appointments and the ability to configure location settings to display the weather.
  • Custom Plasma 5 artwork: including Look and Feel, Plasma theme, Kvantum theme, icon theme, cursor themes, SDDM themes, Konsole theme and Aurorae window decoration.

Nitrux is a complete operating system that ships the essential apps and services for daily use: office applications, PDF reader, image editor, music and video players and so on. We also include non-KDE or Qt applications like Chromium and LibreOffice that together create a friendly user experience.

Available Out of the Box

Nitrux includes a selection of applications carefully chosen to perform the best when using your computer:

  • Dolphin: file manager.
  • Kate: advanced text editor.
  • Ark: archiving tool.
  • Konsole: terminal emulator.
  • Chromium: web browser.
  • Babe: music player.
  • VLC: multimedia player.
  • LibreOffice: open-source office suite.
  • Showimage: image viewer.
Explore a Universe of Apps in Nitrux

The NX Software Center is a free application that provides Linux users with a modern and easy way to manage the software installed on their open-source operating systems. Its features allow you to search, install and manage AppImages. AppImages are faster to install, easier to create and safer to run. AppImages aim to work on any distribution or device, from IoT devices to servers, desktops and mobile devices.

Figure 1. The Nomad Software Center

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Control your data with Syncthing: An open source synchronization tool

LXer - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:39
These days, some of our most important possessions—from pictures and videos of family and friends to financial and medical documents—are data. And even as cloud storage services are booming, so there are concerns about privacy and lack of control over our personal data. From the PRISM surveillance program to Google letting app developers scan your personal emails, the news is full of reports that should give us all pause regarding the security of our personal information.read more

Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 07:20
Plus: New passive aggressive 'Quiet Mode'

Microsoft has tweaked the presence model of its chat platform, Skype, in an effort to calm users still shrieking about lost features in the version 8 "upgrade".…

UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:52
Safety first, folks. *Go on. Insert your joke about defending our borders below*

The UK Independence Party is flogging multi-packs of rubber johnnies bearing the mug of former leader Nigel Farage. It is also unloading single packs for those more realistic about their chances of bedding someone this weekend or beyond.…

How to install Paperwork on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

LXer - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:24
Paperwork is a note-taking and archiving alternative to Evernote, Microsoft OneNote, and Google Keep, with the advantage of being FOSS (Free and Open Source Software), meaning it that can be hosted on the user premises, which is a requirement for people and businesses worried about privacy.

Adobe forks out $4.75bn for Marketo in massive marketing mashup move

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 06:24
Deal puts pressure on competitors

Adobe has forked out $4.75bn for cloudy software-as-a-service biz Marketo, in one of the largest marketing tech buys to date.…

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

TheRegister - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 05:48
Worst Crystal Maze Challenge ever

Imagine you’ve just returned to work from a lengthy sabbatical and found, among the thousands of increasingly shrill and unanswered emails in your mailbox, one telling you that you are now the proud product owner of a bunch of Windows OS apps. What would you do?…

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