New story! Microsoft, Masking/Hiding Itself Behind Patent Trolls, is Still Engaging in Patent Extortion

A review of Microsoft's ugly tactics, which involve coercion and extortion (for businesses to move to Azure and/or for OEMs to preload Microsoft software) while Microsoft-connected patent trolls help hide the "enforcement" element in this whole racket

New story! Hehe, still writing code for a living? It's 2018. You could be earning x3 as a bug bounty hunter

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Jan 18, 2018 7:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Oh, yeah, and learning new tricks and protecting stuff, sure Ethical hacking to find security flaws appears to pay better, albeit less regularly, than general software engineering.…

New story! Firefox locks down its future with HTTPS 'secure contexts'

Mozilla's embrace of HTTPS, the secure form of HTTP, has ratcheted up a notch with the news that Firefox developers must start using a web security design called 'secure contexts' "effective immediately."

New story! Four Malicious Google Chrome Extensions Affect 500K Users

The ICEBRG Security Research team discovered four malicious Google Chrome extensions during a routine investigation of anomalous traffic. More than 500,000 users, including workstations in major businesses around the world, have been affected.

New story! Behind the scenes with Pop!_OS Linux

In October, Linux PC maker System76 released its homegrown version of Linux, Pop!_OS, giving users the choice between its legacy Ubuntu operating system or the new Pop!_OS flavor of Linux. read more

New story! Purism Releases Meltdown and Spectre Patches for Its Librem Linux Laptops

Purism, the computer technology company behind the privacy-focused, Linux-based Librem laptops and the upcoming smartphone, released patches for the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities.

New story! The first lawsuits to save net neutrality have been filed

The first lawsuits to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of Obama-era net neutrality rules have been filed. Attorneys general from 22 states filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to block the repeal of the rules. Mozilla, maker of the Firefox browser, also said it has filed a suit against the FCC, and several public interest groups have filed petitions in court.

New story! How To Install Windows 10 In Virtualbox On Linux

You might be a developer and just want to try out your application in a Windows environment, or just want the thrill of doing something in Windows 10. Well, the solution might be as easy as using Virtualbox to install windows 10 unlike installing it on your machine, which may bring may problems to your Linux installation such as grub being overwritten.

New story! RF-enabled Raspberry Pi add-on brings Google Assistant to gizmos, speakers, and robots

JOY-iT and Elector have launched a $42 “Talking Pi” RPi add-on that enables Google Home/AIY compatible voice activation of home automation devices linked to the Pi’s GPIO, and includes a mic board, PWM servo controls, and support for a 433MHz SRD radio.

New story! What Is cURL?

We’ll show you, What is cURL? and why would you use cURL? cURL is a computer software project providing a library and command-line tool for transferring data using various protocols.

New story! New Kernel Releases, Net Neutrality, Thunderbird Survey and More

Hot off the presses and just released: the 4.14.14 [stable], 4.9.77 [longterm], 4.4.112 [longterm] and 3.18.92 [longterm] kernels. More information is available from The Linux Kernel Archives. In an effort to protect Net Neutrality (and the internet), Mozilla filed a petition in federal court yesterday against the FCC.News roundup for January 17, 2018.

New story! Linux Lite Developer Creates Automated Spectre/Meltdown Checker for Linux OSes

The developer of the Ubuntu-based Linux Lite distribution has created a script that makes it easier for Linux users to check if their systems are vulnerable to the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws.

New story! How To Migrate ISPConfig 2, ISPConfig 3.x, Confixx or Plesk to ISPConfig 3.1 (single server)

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Jan 17, 2018 5:47 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
In this howto, we'll show how to use the ISPConfig Migration Tool 2.0 to migrate a single server to a new ISPConfig 3.1 server. The Migration tool is part of the ISPConfig Migration toolkit. The Migration Tool supports ISPConfig 2 and 3 – 3.1, Plesk 10 – 12.5, Plesk Onyx and Confixx 3 as source servers and ISPConfig 3.1 as target server.

New story! Purism Says Its Privacy-Focused Linux Phone Will Use Wayland and i.MX8 ARM CPU

Two and a half months after it successfully crowdfunded its Librem 5 privacy-focused, end-to-end encrypted Linux smartphone, Purism released today the first update on the development progress.

New story! Avoiding Server Disaster

Worried that your server will go down? You should be. Here are some disaster-planning tips for server owners.

New story! How to get into DevOps

I've observed a sharp uptick of developers and systems administrators interested in "getting into DevOps" within the past year or so. This pattern makes sense: In an age in which a single developer can spin up a globally distributed infrastructure for an application with a few dollars and a few API calls, the gap between development and systems administration is closer than ever. Although I've seen plenty of blog posts and articles about cool DevOps tools and thoughts to think about, I've seen fewer content on pointers and suggestions for people looking to get into this work. read more

New story! Linux tee Command Explained for Beginners (6 Examples)

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Jan 17, 2018 12:49 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
There are times when you want to manually track output of a command and also simultaneously make sure the output is being written to a file so that you can refer to it later. If you are looking for a Linux tool which can do this for you, you'll be glad to know there exists a command tee that's built for this purpose.

New story! Install Icinga 2 and Icinga web 2 on Ubuntu 17.10 server

  • ubuntugeek.com; By ubuntugeek.com (Posted by gg234 on Jan 17, 2018 11:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
Install Icinga 2 and Icinga web 2 on Ubuntu 17.10 server

New story! An introduction to Inkscape for absolute beginners

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on Jan 17, 2018 10:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Inkscape is a powerful, open source desktop application for creating two-dimensional scalable vector graphics. Although it's primarily an illustration tool, Inkscape is used for a wide range of computer graphic tasks. read more

New story! Achieving Inbox Zero

See how Google Inbox helps Shawn reach his quest for "inbox zero".

New story! GitHub Alternative SourceForge Vies for Comeback with Redesigned Site

SourceForge, tired of being the forgotten GitHub alternative, has been busy redesigning its website. Normally such a cosmetic solution might seem a little underwhelming -- the phrase "putting lipstick on a pig" comes to mind -- but in this case it's a necessary step in the site's efforts to return to relevance, especially in light of changes that have already been made.

New story! Will 2018 Be the Year of the Linux Desktop

  • Make Tech Easier; By Nick Congleton (Posted by damien on Jan 17, 2018 6:24 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
The Year of the Linux Desktop is a fabled time when Linux finally rises up and becomes the dominant desktop operating system, supplanting Windows. Will 2018 be the Year of the Linux Desktop? Let’s find out.

New story! Spectre and Meltdown patches causing trouble as realistic attacks get closer

Applications, operating systems, and firmware all need to be updated to defeat Meltdown and protect against Spectre, two attacks that exploit features of high-performance processors to leak information and undermine system security. The computing industry has been scrambling to respond after news of the problem broke early a few days into the new year.

New story! Firefox Release, Xen, KDE's Plasma and More

Set your calendars for January 23, 2018, to download the latest Firefox 58 release packed with performance/bottleneck and bug fixes, an even better site source code debugger and more.

New story! Mozilla and Sundance Film Festival Present: VR the People

  • The Mozilla Blog (Posted by bob on Jan 17, 2018 2:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
On n Monday January 22, Mozilla is bringing together a panel of the top VR industry insiders in the world to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, to explain how VR storytelling is revolutionizing the film and entertainment industry.

New story! Why DevSecOps matters to IT leaders

  • enterprisersproject.com; By Kevin Casey (Posted by crudder on Jan 17, 2018 1:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
DevSecOps may not be an elegant term, but the results are attractive: Stronger security, earlier in the development cycle.

New story! Linux Journal 2.0 Progress Report

It's been a busy two weeks here at Linux Journal 2.0, and we've been simply overwhelmed with all of your feedback and support—we can't thank you enough for all of it.

New story! GNOME Devs to Users: Desktop Icons Are Moving to GNOME Shell with GNOME 3.28

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Jan 16, 2018 10:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNOME
There appears to be a lot of fuss lately about the removal of an option from the GNOME desktop environment that allows users to display icons on their desktops.

New story! How To Create A Bootable Zorin OS USB Drive

This is a step by step guide to creating a bootable Zorin OS USB drive. It includes everything from listing the different versions, navigating the site, downloading the Etcher software tool and booting into Zorin.

New story! How to Install and Use iostat on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Jan 16, 2018 8:29 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu, Linux; Story Type: News Story
iostat also known as input/output statistics is a popular Linux system monitoring tool that can be used to collect statistics of input and output devices. It allows users to identify performance issues of local disk, remote disk and system information. In this tutorial, we will learn how to install and use iostat on Ubuntu 16.04.

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