New story! YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

Choh. Just as they sort the desktop out, bloody PCs disappear It'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.…

New story! How to configure fail2ban to protect Apache HTTP server

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 filtering proxy on CentOS How to close an open DNS resolver How to secure a LAMP server on CentOS or RHEL How to block unwanted IP addresses on Linux efficiently

New story! Ubuntu Linux Phone from bq to Ship in February 2015

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.

New story! Sony & North Korea: Dumb & Dumber

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.

New story! Canonical Releases Most Stable Ubuntu Touch RTM Version So Far - Screenshot Tour

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Dec 22, 2014 3:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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.

New story! Best of open hardware in 2014

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. read more

New story! Canonical Brings Snappy Ubuntu Core OS to Amazon AWS

Canonical's Snappy Ubuntu Core, an Ubuntu flavor designed for lean, secure deployments of containerized apps that uses transactional updates, is now in Amazon's public cloud.

New story! The correct way to install Puppy Linux to a USB drive

  • linux.about.com; By Gary Newell (Posted by gary_newell on Dec 22, 2014 12:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This guide shows how to create a Puppy Linux USB drive using the Puppy Linux tools as opposed to using generic tools such as UNetbootin.

New story! Librem 15 Is a Beast of a Linux Laptop with a Gorgeous Finish

  • Softpedia; By Silviu Stahie (Posted by thesilviu on Dec 22, 2014 11:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Librem 15 aims to be the only laptop coming with completely free software...

New story! Processed in digiKam: Using Perspective Adjustment

  • Scribbles and Snaps; By Dmitri Popov (Posted by dmpop on Dec 22, 2014 10:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
The perspective adjustment tool in digiKam is indispensable for editing architectural shots. It can be somewhat fiddly to use, but with enough practice, you can achieve rather good results.

New story! DRM glitch leaves new Max Payne 3 buyers temporarily in the lurch

Rockstar’s Max Payne 3 is 70% off right now as part of the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale, but would-be neonoir crime story aficionados were denied entry into the cynical world of of the drug-dependent detective yesterday by a failure in the game’s third-party authentication and matchmaking system.

New story! Forget Google's robot cars, now it's on to ANDROID cars

Next OS to come built into auto dashboards, sources claim Google is planning a big push into in-car infotainment systems with an upcoming version of Android, sources claim.…

New story! 12 of the Best Free Git Books

Git is the most widely used version control system, in part because of the popularity of GitHub, a web-based Git repository hosting service, which offers all of the distributed revision control and source code management) functionality of Git as well as adding its own features.

New story! Hands-on review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC/Kodi and Android

This hands-on review takes a first look at SolidRun’s tiny CuBoxTV set-top box, running both its default OpenELEC/XBMC OS, as well as an Android 4.4.4 beta. The CuBoxTV is one of several CuBox-i models currently available from Israel-based SolidRun. Whereas the full-up “CuBox-i Pro” model comes with 2GB RAM, WiFi, and Ethernet, the CuBoxTV hits […]

New story! Git Vulnerability Exposed; Patch Now or Be Hacked Later

Even though the issue may not affect Linux users, if you are a hosting service whose users may fetch from your service to Windows or Mac OS X machines, you are strongly encouraged to update to protect such users who use existing versions of Git," Git developer Junio Hamano wrote in a Git mailing list posting.

The Git vulnerability has got the attention of security researchers as well, including Tod Beardsley, who is the Metasploit engineering manager at Rapid7.

New story! How to protect SSH server from brute force attacks using fail2ban

One common attack on SSH service is brute force attacks where a remote attacker indefinitely attempts to log in with different passwords. Fail2ban is an open-source intrusion prevention framework on Linux that monitors various system log files (e.g., /var/log/auth.log or /var/log/secure) and triggers various defensive actions upon detecting any suspicious activities. You can use fail2ban to defend against brute force password guessing attacks on an SSH server.

New story! Hands-on review: CuBoxTV running OpenELEC+Kodi and Android

This hands-on review takes a first look at SolidRun’s tiny CuBoxTV set-top box, running both its default OpenELEC/XBMC OS, as well as an Android 4.4.4 beta. The CuBoxTV is one of several CuBox-i models currently available from Israel-based SolidRun. Whereas the full-up “CuBox-i Pro” model comes with 2GB RAM, WiFi, and Ethernet, the CuBoxTV hits […]

New story! The 7 Best Alternative Linux Distributions Of 2014

Here is a list of the 7 best alternative Linux distributions of 2014. The list is formed of specialist distributions which have a unique quality, such as the ability to run from a USB drive or dedicated to gaming.

New story! Top 5 articles of the week: Best of open source this year, and more

  • Opensource.com; By Jen Wike Huger (Posted by bob on Dec 20, 2014 9:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Community
Every week, I tally the numbers and listen to the buzz to bring you this week's most read articles on Opensource.com. Here's the top 5 for this week: December 15 - 19, 2014.

New story! Building a Healthy Web to Hand to Future Generations

Ten years ago, a scrappy group of ten Mozilla staff and thousands of volunteer Mozillians broke up Microsoft’s monopoly on accessing the Web with the release of Firefox 1.0. We won by bringing together a diverse and global community through … Continue reading

New story! Top patent court shoots down Myriad gene testing patents

The US Patent and Trademark Office handed out patents on human genes for about 30 years, but genomic patents were blocked after a landmark Supreme Court ruling last year. The patent holder in that case, Myriad Genetics, had patented a test on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The test shows mutations that reveal which women are more susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer. The BRCA test is substantially cheaper in countries where it wasn't patented, such as Canada.

After losing its case, Myriad didn't give up. Instead, it quickly filed a new round of lawsuits, trying to keep competitors like Ambry Genetics out of the business of BRCA testing. The new suits named different patents, which instead of simply claiming the gene itself, included "method" claims and also discussed the use of DNA "primers"—an entirely lab-made substance which Myriad lawyers said were still open to being patented.

New story! Pirate Bay alternatives

As you may have heard, the Pirate Bay was raided and is down as I write this post. The closure of the Pirate Bay has generated a lot of discussions online, and many people have been looking for alternative torrenting sites. Fortunately, there was an interesting thread on Reddit about that very topic and one redditor was kind enough to post a list of alternative torrent sites.

New story! Halo 4 backend, SuperTuxKart, and more

Hello, gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Halo 4 backend, SuperTuxKart, Godot engine 1.0, and news on Linux game releases! Open source and Linux games roundup Week of December 13 - 19, 2014 read more

New story! Advance your OpenStack with new guides and howtos

  • Opensource.com; By Jason Baker (Posted by bob on Dec 20, 2014 11:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups; Groups: Cloud
The cloud is the future, and now is the time to start learning more about how you can use OpenStack to solve your organization's IT infrastructure needs. Fortunately, we're here to help with that.

New story! Kubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 Is the Biggest Update in Years, Features Plasma 5 by Default

Kubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 (Vivid Vervet), a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop environment, has been released and is now ready for testing.

New story! Ubuntu Touch to Land with Bq Aquaris e4.5 Phones in February

The privilege of getting the first Ubuntu phone on the market belongs to Bq, which will release its Aquaris e4.5 device to the European public in February, 2015.

New story! Android Candy: Google Keep

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.

New story! Most important open source news of the year

This is a Special Edition of our weekly open source news roundup, as we look back at the top news stories in 2014! I looked most closely at news in the areas of business, government, and education. There has also been some remarkable news where you would not expect, on how open source is helping to make a difference and the world a better place.

New story! Heartbleed, Shellshock, Tor and more: The 13 biggest security stories of 2014

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.

New story! Google building full Android IVI stack, says report

  • LinuxGizmos; By Eric Brown (Posted by bob on Dec 20, 2014 12:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Android
oogle is planning to expand its Android Auto project into a full-fledged “Android M” automotive stack within the next year or two, says Reuters.

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