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Debian 8 KDE: good and evil of FOSS

If you ask old Linux users which system is most trusted, stable, solid and supported, Debian of course will be among the leaders of the list.

L2TP over IPsec using OpenSwan with Freeradius authentication on Ubuntu 16.04

This article is about the layer 2 tunneling protocol (L2TP) with IPsec to provide end-to-end encryption in the layer 2 VPN. The open source implementations of IPsec are StrongSwan and OpenSwan, both are supported on all Linux distributions. In this tutorial, OpenSwan is used to provide the security channel for L2TP VPN.

Latest Firefox launches today

The newest versions of Firefox for desktop and Android are available today. For information on what’s new with today’s release, check out the release notes. Also, keep an eye on this blog, as we have exciting Mozilla and Firefox news … Read more

Minecraft 1.11, the 'Exploration Update' is now live, new launcher coming along nicely

Minecraft 1.11 is now available which is the 'Exploration Update' aimed at making the world more interesting. They also showed off the new Minecraft launcher running on Linux recently.

Rugged, expandable embedded PC runs Linux on Skylake SoCs

Axiomtek’s latest, ruggedized eBox offers 6th Gen Core CPUs, 4x GbE, 2x mini-PCIe, SATA and mSATA, I/O expansion options, and up to 32GB DDR4. Axiometek’s eBOX670-891-FL, which follows earlier Intel Core based embedded computers like the 4th Gen “Haswell” driven eBOX560-880-FL, joins other 6th Gen Core “Skylake” based embedded computers like Adlink’s MXE-5500 and slightly […]

Free and open sewing patterns gain popularity

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 15, 2016 2:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I've been sewing for six years, and I now make all of my own clothes. Sewing is easy. It really is. What's hard is getting things to fit properly. That's why you use a sewing pattern. It's a blueprint for whatever it is you are making. A good pattern gives you good fit. Most patterns don't. That's because—much like clothes in the shop—patterns come in sizes. And sizes are a crude way to put people in boxes. They are made for an imaginary average person, rather than for you. read more

Set up a Firewall with UFW on Ubuntu

If you have an Ubuntu server and you like to control the incoming and outgoing network traffic you need to configure the firewall that is included with your system. Linux kernel includes the netfilter subsystem which is a system for packet filtering. The traditional interface for manipulating netfilter is via iptables, which is primarily a database of firewall rules.

Addressing open source's free rider problem

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 15, 2016 12:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nadia Eghbal, in her major report on the state of our digital infrastructure, and Jonathan Lister, in his response describing our digital ecosystem, both point to a tragedy of the commons in open source software. read more

Total War: WARHAMMER release date announced for Linux, Tuesday 22nd of November

You thought Feral Interactive had done enough Linux ports this year? Wrong. Total War: WARHAMMER now has a release date for Linux!

How to connect a Linux machine to Google Cloud Print

If you have a Linux printer server, and you need to enable users to be able to print to your cloud-based printers, one easy method is to attach CUPS to a Google Account for use with Google Cloud Print. Great solution, right? But how do you pull that off?

Almost all the world's fastest supercomputers run Linux

  • ZDNet | open-source RSS (Posted by bob on Nov 15, 2016 7:29 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
498 out of 500 of the world's speediest supercomputers now use Linux.

Tilling the Brownfield: Bumps on the Road to the Container Dream

  • - Original Content; By Carla Schroder (Posted by bob on Nov 15, 2016 6:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Greenfield buildouts are wonderful and we love them. We get to start from scratch and don't have to worry about compatibility with existing servers and applications, and don't have to struggle with preserving and migrating data. Greenfields are nice and clean and not messy. Greenfields are fun.

Major Linux security hole gapes open

  • ZDNet | open-source RSS (Posted by bob on Nov 15, 2016 5:12 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
An old Linux security 'feature' script, which activates LUKS disk encryption, has been hiding a major security hole in plain sight.

A new kernel on the way, self-taught software engineering, and more open source news

The world of open source software is a busy place. Sometimes keeping up with all of the news, announcements, and cool things to be discovered can be difficult. Here's a look at some of what we're reading today.

Microsoft partner claims Munich should switch from Linux to Windows 10

  • ZDNet | open-source RSS; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by bob on Nov 15, 2016 2:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, Microsoft, Sun
There have been stories recently that Munich, which has been using Linux for years, is considering switching to Windows 10. Who started these stories? Accenture, a Microsoft partner.

IoT gateway offers choice of CAN and A/D expansion boards

Seco announced a “SYS-A62-GW” IoT gateway that runs Linux on an i.MX6 Solo, and features WiFi, GbE, and two serial expansion board options. Seco’s SYS-A62-GW is a low-end Internet of Things gateway that runs a Yocto Linux based distribution on NXP’s single-core, 1GHz i.MX6 Solo.

Mozilla Firefox 50.0 Now Available for Download, Brings Built-in Emoji on Linux

  • Softpedia; By Marius Nestor (Posted by hanuca on Nov 15, 2016 12:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Just a few moments ago, Mozilla started seeding the binary and source packages of the final release of the Firefox 50.0 web browser for all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.

Linux Foundation Back Reproducible Builds Effort for Secure Software

Building software securely requires a verifiable method of reproduction and that is why the Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative is supporting the Reproducible Builds Project.

Synacor, Inc.'s Zimbra Open Source Support and Zimbra Suite Plus

Zimbra Collaboration Suite is a successful open-source collaboration application that includes email, calendaring, file sharing, chat and video chat. Zimbra's developer, Synacor, Inc., recently released two new Zimbra-related offerings, namely Zimbra Open Source Support (ZOSS) and Zimbra Suite Plus.

How to practically use your Linux terminal (part 2)

  • Howtoforge Linux Howtos und Tutorials (Posted by bob on Nov 14, 2016 9:12 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Quite a while ago, we had published a post that showcased four examples of how Linux users can utilize their terminal to perform simple daily tasks and fulfill common everyday use needs. Of course, the use case possibilities for the Linux terminal are nearly endless, so we’re naturally back for a second part containing more practical examples.

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