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July 4, 2014
A detailed analysis of the NSA's XKeyscore snooping software has shown the extent of the paranoid agency's targeting of Tor users, Linux Journal readers and and anyone else interested in online privacy.
In this howto I will show, how you can use a privacyIDEA installation to add two factor authentication for many of your servers in your serverfarm.
Container-type virtualisation, including software from Docker, looks promising but it has still to carve out a role, according to Red Hat platform business chief Jim Totton.
July 3, 2014
I don't know how many readers know this, but my very first Linux Journal column ("Browse the Web without a Trace", January 2008) was about how to set up and use Tor. Anonymity and privacy on the Internet certainly take on a different meaning in the modern era of privacy-invading software and general Internet surveillance.
Another Source engine powered game plans to support Linux soon with a migration to a more updated version of Source. Dino D-Day is touted as being like Counter Strike only with Nazi troopers and dinosaurs. If that didn't peak your interest then I don't know what will.
To promote this influential open source conference, put on by Tim O'Reilly and O'Reilly Media since 1999, Opensource.com is interviewing some of the speakers from the line-up prior to the event. We ask them how they got where they are, why open source?, what tips and knowledge can they lend our readers, and finally, for a sneak peek into their OSCON 2014 talk. Check back here on Monday, July 7 when we kick things off. A full list of speaker interviews will live on this page.
Escape from Windows to Linux and begin your journey with open source software, or learn all about the educational Kano for Raspberry Pi. With collected mumbling on Twitter, Windows XP finally took its final beath. Or at least, its security support stopped. Where to go from there though? Do you stay with Microsoft and risk Windows 8 or do you start a life with Linux and escape the walled garden? We have you covered with our complete guide on making the jump from Windows XP to Linux.
Merely searching the web for the privacy-enhancing software tools outlined in the XKeyscore rules causes the NSA to mark and track the IP address of the person doing the search... It also records details about visits to a popular internet journal for Linux operating system users called "the Linux Journal - the Original Magazine of the Linux Community", and calls it an "extremist forum".
Despite significant delays, Oracle is once again moving forward with Project Jigsaw, a major undertaking that aims to allow Java developers to break their programs down into independent, interoperable modules. Jigsaw was first intended to be a major features of Java 8. By 2012 Big O decided that waiting for Jigsaw to be ready would delay the entire Java 8 release, so work on the module system was postponed until a later version.
Here is the latest instalment of Steam's Hardware Survey, as usual we do our monthly thing and compare it and talk about it to make sure you know not to use it as a hard figure.
At this point, I have more usernames and passwords to juggle than any person should ever have to deal with. I know I'm not alone, either. We have a surfeit of passwords to manage, and we need a good way to manage them so we have easy access without doing something silly like writing them down where others might find them. Being a fan of simple apps, I prefer using pass, a command line password manager.
Many of you Linux junkies will probably spend most of your time in terminals, and so may be wondering how to spice up the plain old boring-looking terminal environment. If you are looking to enhance the look of your terminal window, one way is screenFetch. According to its creator, screenFetcher is a "bash screenshot information […]Continue reading...The post How to create a nifty terminal theme inside a Linux terminal appeared first on Xmodulo.Related FAQs:How to manage multiple terminal windows on Linux Desktop How to record and replay a terminal session on Linux What is a good terminal emulator on Linux?
At this year's Great Wide Open conference, Steve Klabnik gave a talk about Mozilla's Rust programming language. Klabnik previously authored an introductory Rust tutorial entitled Rust for Rubyists, and this talk serves a similar purpose. However, instead of being Ruby focused, this talk was aimed at programmers in general.read more
IRS Rejects Non-Profit Status For Open Source Organization, Because Private Companies Might Use The Software
Last year, as the IRS scandal blossomed over the IRS supposedly targeting "conservative" groups for extra attention concerning their non-profit status, we noted that the IRS had also been told to examine "open source software" projects more closely as well. We found that to be a bit disturbing -- and it appears that for all that focus on the scandal, the IRS hasn't quite given up on unfairly targeting open source projects. The Yorba Foundation, which makes a number of Linux apps for GNOME, has been trying to get declared a 501(c)(3) non-profit for over four years now... and just had that request rejected by the IRS for reasons that don't make any sense at all. Basically, the IRS appears to argue that because there might be some "non-charitable" uses of the software, the Foundation doesn't deserve non-profit status, which would make it exempt from certain taxes (and make donations tax deductible). Here was the key reason given:
This tutorial provides a handy, manual disk partitioning guide for the KDE edition of Linux Mint 17, which comes with an installer that has an interface that’s slightly different from that used on the Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce editions.
For years, the EFF has pushed back against the FCC's attempts to preserve net neutrality, reasonably worrying that it might open the door to the FCC further meddling in the internet where it had no real mandate. We here at Techdirt have been similarly concerned. As we've noted, net neutrality itself is important, but we were wary of FCC attempts to regulate it creating serious unintended consequences. However, over the past few years, the growth in power of the key broadband internet access providers, and their ability to degrade the internet for profit, has made it quite clear that other options aren't working.
In this interview, Kayser-Bril discusses why open source is the right choice for journalism organizations, how being open has benefited his clients, and why open data may not be the boon that it seems to be.
A robotic, mechanical reader of printed books that melds together the Raspberry Pi and Lego Mindstorms. When the Raspberry Pi camera module was originally released we thought it would be great to show that you can use the camera with some of the Lego robots and that there’s a whole lot of awesome stuff you can do with it. We put something together that was just an arm to turn the Kindle and the camera to read it aloud; we thought that would be really interesting but it got the wrong type of attention. We got a lot of comments saying, “Well there’s already stuff that can do that”. People missed the point that we were trying to show a tour de force with a Raspberry Pi. So we doubled down and decided we just had to put together a mechanical version that would turn pages – just so we could make our point [laughs]. So the first Bookreader did the Kindle and we read a book off of it out loud and people were like, “Well that’s cool, but there’s already software to do that”.