New story! Parrot 4.0 Now Available, Eudora Email Code Open-Sourced, Firefox Now Offers Two-Step Authentication and More

News briefs for May 24, 2018.

New story! Dell Launches New Precision Mobile Workstation Line-Up Powered by Ubuntu Linux

Targeted mostly at developers, the new Dell Precision Mobile Workstation "Developer Edition" line-up consists of the Dell Precision 3530 Mobile Workstation, Dell Precision 5530 Mobile Workstation, Dell Precision 7530 Mobile Workstation, and Dell Precision 7730 Mobile Workstation, which come with a much lighter and thinner design, and offer a premium build.

New story! Extreme downhill free-riding game 'Descenders' just had a huge update, needs a quick fix on Linux

Descenders is an extreme downhill free-riding game currently in Early Access and their first major update just went live. Needs a small manual fix on Linux.

New story! Opera 54 Browser Enters Beta with News on the Speed Dial, Update & Recovery Menu

Opera has promoted its upcoming Opera 54 web browser to the beta channel, giving us a glimpse of what to expect from the final version, due for release sometime next month.

New story! TrueOS: A Simple BSD Distribution for the Desktop Users

If you want to try something other than Linux, have a look at TrueOS. It is a BSD distribution specifically aimed at desktop users.

New story! How to clean up your data in the command line

I work part-time as a data auditor. Think of me as a proofreader who works with tables of data rather than pages of prose. I haven't seen an error-free data table, ever. Cleaning up these problems isn't hard, but there are non-technical obstacles to finding them. The first is everyone's natural reluctance to deal with data errors.

New story! How insecure is your router?

Routers are important. They provide the link between one network (in this case, our home network) and another one (in this case, the internet, via our ISP's network). High among a router's other functions, many also perform as a modem, but routers often do more things, sometimes many more things, including traffic logging, acting as a WiFi access point, providing a VPN for external access to your internal network, child access, firewalling, and all the rest. Does this matter, you ask? Well, if other people can get into your system, they have easy access to attacking your laptops, phones, network drives, and the rest. They can access and delete unprotected personal data. They can plausibly pretend to be you. They can use your network to host illegal data or launch attacks on others. Basically, all the bad things.

New story! Visualizing Molecules with EasyChem

Introducing EasyChem, a program that generates publication-quality images of molecular structures.

New story! How to measure the impact of your open source project

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on May 25, 2018 7:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This article was co-authored by Don Marti, Georg Link, Matt Germonprez, and Sean Goggins. Conventional metrics of open source projects lack the power to predict their impact. The bad news is, there is no significant correlation between open source activity metrics and project impact. The good news? There are paths forward. read more

New story! How the OpenStack Foundation is Evolving Beyond its Roots

  • eWEEK; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on May 25, 2018 6:46 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Cloud
VIDEO: OpenStack Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Bryce and Chief Operating Officer Mark Collier discuss how the open-source organization is still thriving, even as corporate sponsorship changes and attendance at events declines.

New story! How CERN Is Using Linux and Open Source

  • Linux.com; By Swapnil Bhartiya (Posted by bob on May 25, 2018 5:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
CERN relies on open source technology to handle huge amounts of data generated by the Large Hadron Collider... It boils down to the fundamental principle that open source is not just about sharing code, it’s about collaboration among people to share knowledge and achieve what no single individual, organization, or company can achieve alone. That’s the Higgs boson of the open source world.

New story! Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

  • The Register (Posted by bob on May 25, 2018 4:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
'Member that innocent, pre-Zuckerberg time? The source code to the Eudora email client is being released by the Computer History Museum, after five years of discussion with the IP owner, Qualcomm.…

New story! Open source image recognition with Luminoth

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on May 25, 2018 3:31 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Python; Story Type: News Story
Computer vision is a way to use artificial intelligence to automate image recognition—that is, to use computers to identify what's in a photograph, video, or another image type. The latest version of Luminoth (v. 0.1), an open source computer vision toolkit built in Python and using Tensorflow and Sonnet, offers several improvements over its predecessor: read more

New story! How To Permanently Change The MAC Address On Linux

  • Linux Uprising; By Logix (Posted by logix on May 25, 2018 2:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This article explains how to permanently change / spoof the MAC addresses of network interfaces. For this purpose, we'll use Macchanger, an utility for manipulating MAC addresses, for which we'll create a systemd unit to start it automatically on boot.

New story! Creating random, secure passwords in Go

  • Opensource.com (Posted by bob on May 25, 2018 1:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You can use the random number generator provided by the Go programming language to generate difficult-to-guess passwords comprised of ASCII characters. Although the code presented in this article is easy to read, it's best if you already know the basics of Go to understand it. If you're new to the programming language, take the Tour of Go to learn more, then come back here. read more

New story! Best Free Linux e-book Tools – Updated (2018)

Linux has a good range of open source software which helps users to organize their e-book collection, catch up on a novel, or even to create and publish their own e-book. To provide an insight into the free software that is available, we have compiled a list of 7 of our favorite e-book software. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to read, organize and create electronic books. We give our highest recommendation to Calibre and Booktype.

New story! How to dual-boot Linux and Windows

Even though Linux is a great operating system with widespread hardware and software support, the reality is that sometimes you have to use Windows, perhaps due to key apps that won't run under Linux. Thankfully, dual-booting Windows and Linux is very straightforward—and I'll show you how to set it up, with Windows 10 and Ubuntu 18.04, in this article.

New story! RIP Robin "Roblimo" Miller

fellow journalist and long-time voice of the Linux community Robin "Roblimo" Miller has passed away. Miller was perhaps best known by the community for his roll as Editor in Chief of Open Source Technology Group, the company that owned Slashdot, SourceForge.net, freshmeat, Linux.com, NewsForge, and ThinkGeek from 2000 to 2008. He went on to write and do video interviews for FOSS Force, as well as authoring books of his own.

As Marcel Gagne so perfectly summarized, "Robin was one of those people who could make you laugh while teaching you a thing or two." Roblimo, you will be missed. 

New story! RHEL and CentOS Linux 7 Receive Mitigations for Spectre Variant 4 Vulnerability

As promised earlier this week, Red Hat released software mitigations for all of its affected products against the recently disclosed Spectre Variant 4 security vulnerability that also affects its derivatives, including CentOS Linux.

New story! The next huge strategy game from Paradox named Imperator: Rome will support Linux

Update: The same fellow I spoke to at Paradox just emailed in again, so we're now able to confirm Linux will be supported for Imperator: Rome! Here's what they said: Paradox has confirmed that it plans to offer Imperator: Rome for Linux platforms

New story! Tor Hidden Services

When people write privacy guides, for the most part they are written from the perspective of the client. Whether you are using HTTPS, blocking tracking cookies or going so far as to browse the internet over Tor, those privacy guides focus on helping end users protect themselves from the potentially malicious and spying web. in this article, I describe how to go one step further and make it possible for your users to use your services completely anonymously via Tor hidden services.

New story! Setup New User and SSH Key Auth. using Ansible on Ubuntu 18.04

Ansible is a simple automation tool that automates software applications deployment, cloud provisioning, and configuration management. It's a server orchestration tool that helps you to manage and control a large number of server nodes from single places called 'Control Machines'. In this tutorial, we will learn how to deploy a new user and enable the SSH Key-Based authentication using the automation tool Ansible.

New story! Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Gets First Kernel Update with Patch for Spectre Variant 4 Flaw

Canonical released the first kernel security update for its Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system to fix a security issue that affects this release of Ubuntu and its derivatives.

New story! ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH

ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH error shows in your web browser when the browser cannot establish secure connection with the web server. Today we will show you how to fix ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH error.

New story! Bitwarden Password Manager Adds Command Line Vault

Bitwarden, the secure, open source password manager we talked about recently, added a command line tool to its list of apps you can use to access your passwords. Bitwarden CLI is currently in public beta testing, and according to its documentation, it includes all the features available in other Bitwarden client applications, like the desktop or browser extension.

New story! 4 Easy Ways to Get Out of a Ubuntu Crash

  • Make Tech Easier; By Nick Congleton (Posted by damien on May 24, 2018 3:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
On Ubuntu, there are several ways to escape crashes and recover from them when they occur. Find out how to save your Ubuntu computer when the unexpected strikes.

New story! Navigating the container security ecosystem

As container adoption increases, security automation will become a critical element of every organization's workflow.

New story! Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia to arrive on Linux in June, after the Mac release

Feral Interactive have now confirmed that Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia will arrive on Linux next month, with the Mac release this month.

New story! How To Install Nginx, MariaDB, PHP (LEMP stack) on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux

If you want to run PHP-based websites on Linux, Apache isn't your only option. Nginx is a faster, lighter weight, web server that's fairly easy to configure and get running. Plus, it's excellent at handling other tasks like load balancing, server optimization, and acting as a reverse proxy.

New story! 4 Markdown-powered slide generators

Imagine you've been tapped to give a presentation. As you're preparing your talk, you think, "I should whip up a few slides." Maybe you prefer the simplicity of plain text, or maybe you think software like LibreOffice Writer is overkill for what you need to do. Or perhaps you just want to embrace your inner geek.

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