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Shell Scripting: Dungeons, Dragons and Dice

Dungeons, Dragons and Dice—a script that lets you roll those 3d6 and 2d20 that a surprising number of games require.

Linux performance before and after Meltdown and Spectre fixes

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Feb 2, 2018 9:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The patches, as expected, brought Linux's performance down, but their impact has not been as bad as feared.

How to Check Your Linux PC for Meltdown or Spectre Vulnerability

One of the scariest realities of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities is just how widespread they are. Use these simple tools to see how your Linux PC is affected and what you can do.

Compact, low-power serial device gateway runs FreeRTOS on Cortex-M3

Artila’s “Aport-213” is a low-power, industrial strength, single port serial-to-WiFi gateway that offers WiFi-based remote access to devices such as meters, sensors, and switches without requiring the development of wireless LAN drivers and security supplicants.

Meltdown-Spectre: Malware is already being tested by attackers

German antivirus testing firm AV-Test has identified 139 samples of malware that seem to be early attempts at exploiting the Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs.

Top 7 open source project management tools for agile teams

  • (Posted by bob on Feb 2, 2018 4:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story has surveyed the landscape of popular open source project management tools. We've done this before—but this year we've added a twist. This time, we're looking specifically at tools that support agile methodology, including related practices such as Scrum, Lean, and Kanban. read more

How to eliminate the default route for greater security

  • Networkworld; By Scott Hogg (Posted by bob on Feb 2, 2018 3:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
If portions of enterprise data-center networks have no need to communicate directly with the internet, then why do we configure routers so every system on the network winds up with internet access by default?

Red Hat Buys CoreOS for $250M to Expand Its Kubernetes and Containers Leadership

Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced that it would acquire CoreOS, Inc., a company known for providing the Container Linux operating system (formerly CoreOS Linux), Tectonic for Kubernetes, and Quay Enterprise container registry, for the price of $250 million USD.

Kernel 4.16-rc1, Qubes OS 4.0, OpenSUSE's Tumbleweed and More

News updates for February 1, 2018.

Call for Proposals Now Open - Speak at Open Source Summit Japan, North America, Europe

Open Source Summit Japan, North America and Europe are the leading conferences for developers, architects and other technologists – as well as open source community and industry leaders – to collaborate, share information, learn about the the latest technologies and gain a competitive advantage by using innovative open solutions.

Excellent No-Charge Linux Books – Learn About Linux – For Beginners

Many no-charge e-books are, frankly, little more than spam bait, often published only to entice you to purchase a book from the same publisher. Poorly written, and with very little original content. Whereas the recommended texts below are definitely worth downloading. They’ll teach you the basics about Linux and so much more. They’re the ideal starting point for your Linux adventures. And you don’t have to divulge any personal information to get your hands on them.

Use Ubuntus snap to install Skype on any Linux desktop

  • ZDNet | open-source RSS; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Feb 1, 2018 9:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
Skype snap widens the popular communications' program availability on Linux desktops, with easy installation and automatic updates.

Custom Embedded Linux Distributions

The proliferation of inexpensive IoT boards means the time has come to gain control not only of applications but also the entire software platform. So, how do you build a custom distribution with cross-compiled applications targeted for a specific purpose? As Michael J. Hammel explains here, it's not as hard as you might think.

6 pivotal moments in open source history

Open source has taken a prominent role in the IT industry today. It is everywhere from the smallest embedded systems to the biggest supercomputer, from the phone in your pocket to the software running the websites and infrastructure of the companies we engage with every day. Let's explore how we got here and discuss key moments from the past 40 years that have paved a path to the current day. read more

How to Run Your Own Public Time Server on Linux

  •; By Carla Schroder (Posted by bob on Feb 1, 2018 5:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
One of the most important public services is timekeeping, but it doesn't get a lot of attention. Most public time servers are run by volunteers to help meet always-increasing demands. Learn how to run your own public time server and contribute to an essential public good...

Why you should use named pipes on Linux

  • Network World; By Sandra Henry-Stocker (Posted by MLD67 on Feb 1, 2018 4:10 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
Named pipes aren't used all that often, but they provide some interesting options for inter-process communications.

Linux seq Command Tutorial for Beginners (5 Examples)

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Feb 1, 2018 2:56 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Sometimes, you come across a command line tool that offers limited functionality on its own, but when used with other tools, you realize its actual potential. Once such tool is seq, which prints a sequence of numbers.

Tuned daemon profiles in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.x and CentOS 7.x

This article describes the working of tuned daemon profiles on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system version 7.x and CentOS version 7.x. It also describes the differences in the performance of tuned daemon profiles in the two operating systems.

How I coined the term 'open source'

  • (Posted by bob on Feb 1, 2018 9:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In a few days, on February 3, the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the term "open source software" is upon us. As open source software grows in popularity and powers some of the most robust and important innovations of our time, we reflect on its rise to prominence. read more

LibreOffice, the best office suite, gets even better with LibreOffice 6.0

  • ZDNet; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Feb 1, 2018 8:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The open-source and free LibreOffice is looking better than ever.

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