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The 5 Best Linux Distributions for Development

When considering Linux, there are so many variables to take into account. What package manager do you wish to use? Do you prefer a modern or old-standard desktop interface? Is ease of use your priority? How flexible do you want your distribution? What task will the distribution serve? It is that last question which should often be considered first. Is the distribution going to work as a desktop or a server? Will you be doing network or syst...
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Rogue Chrome, Firefox Extensions Hijack Browsers; Prevent Easy Removal

LinuxSecurity.com: Any malware that hijacks your browser to serve up ads or to redirect you to random websites can be annoying. Even more so are extensions that take control of your browser and prevent you from landing on pages that can help you get rid of them. Original link
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Debian LTS: DLA-1246-1: transmission security update

LinuxSecurity.com: Tavis Ormandy discovered a vulnerability in the Transmission BitTorrent client; insecure RPC handling between the Transmission daemon and the client interface(s) may result in the execution of arbitrary code if a user visits a malicious website while Transmission is running. Original link
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4 Tools for Network Snooping on Linux

Computer networking data has to be exposed, because packets can't travel blindfolded, so join us as we use whois, dig, nmcli, and nmap to snoop networks. Do be polite and don't run nmap on any network but your own, because probing other people's networks can be interpreted as a hostile act. Thin and Thick whois You may have noticed that our beloved old whois command doesn't seem to give the level of detail that it used to. Check out this ex...
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IBM, Maersk Announce Global Blockchain Shipping Venture

IBM and A.P. Moeller-Maersk on Tuesday announced a joint venture to create a platform based on Hyperledger Fabric 1.0, with the goal of creating huge efficiencies in the global supply chain. IBM and Maersk, one of the world's leading shipping container firms, have teamed up to provide a more efficient method of standardizing shipping logistics using blockchain technology. "Adoption of Hyperledger Fabric by Maersk and its partnership [with] ...
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The first lawsuits to save net neutrality have been filed

LinuxSecurity.com: 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. Original link
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New Linux on Azure Training Course Addresses Demand for Skills

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who headed up Microsoft’s cloud division before he became CEO, has been vocal about converging the Azure cloud platform with Linux. In fact, he has noted that about a third of the Azure platform is Linux-based . Moreover, Microsoft has made clear that more than 60 percent of Azure Marketplace images are Linux-based, as ZDNet has reported . The convergence of Linux and the Azure platform spells big opportunities ...
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Debian: DSA-4088-1: gdk-pixbuf security update

LinuxSecurity.com: It was discovered that multiple integer overflows in the GIF image loader in the GDK Pixbuf library may result in denial of service and potentially the execution of arbitrary code if a malformed image file is opened. Original link
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Fedora 27: qpid-cpp Security Update

LinuxSecurity.com: Rebased to 1.37.0. Original link
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FOSS Community Struggles to Patch Against Spectre, Meltdown Flaws

Many in the open source community worked feverishly this week to respond to heightened fears that software updates to fix the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities would put millions of computers at risk of slowdowns or even total disability. Updated kernels were released for mitigation of Meltdown variant 3, or CVE-2017-5754, for X86-64 architecture, Dean Henrichsmeyer, vice president of cloud engineering at Canonical , which provides comme...
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Top 3 Linux Distributions That ‘Just Work’

Twenty years ago, when I first started using Linux, finding a distribution that worked, out of the box, was an impossible feat. Not only did the installation take some serious mental acuity, configuring the software and getting connected to the Internet was often a challenge users were reluctant to attempt. Today, things are quite different. Linux now offers distributions that anyone can use, right out of the box. But, even among those dist...
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SUSE: 2018:0075-1: important: glibc

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that fixes one vulnerability is now available. Original link
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This Week in Open Source News: CES 2018 Advances Crucial Tech Conversations Yet Again

This week in open source news, the Consumer Electronics Show has us looking forward to connected cars and smart cities. Read on to learn how AGL is helping steer the course.  1) Automotive Grade Linux (AGL,) a Linux Foundation Project, makes a splash at CES 2018. Here’s every company developing self-driving car tech at CES 2018 - Digital Trends Automotive Grade Linux Gets Support From Toyota and Amazon as It Eyes Autonomous Driving - TechCr...
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Multimedia Apps for the Linux Console

When last we met, we learned that the Linux console supports multimedia. Yes, really! You can enjoy music, movies, photos, and even read PDF files without being in an X session with MPlayer, fbi, and fbgs. And, as a bonus, you can enjoy a Matrix-style screensaver for the console, CMatrix. You will probably have make some tweaks to your system to make this work. The examples used here are for Ubuntu Linux 16.04. MPlayer You're probably famil...
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GeckoLinux: A Polished Distro Just Got Smoother

By Jack M. Germain Jan 11, 2018 5:00 AM PT GeckoLinux offers both seasoned users and new distro adopters an easy way to try an openSuse-based spin that is loaded with features and an ample inventory of the leading Linux desktops. The developer released a major update of GeckoLinux earlier this week. I enjoyed testing the beta version last fall, and I was even more pleased with the added embellishments packed into this final version. Among t...
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Fedora 27: electron-cash Security Update

LinuxSecurity.com: Yet another security issue Original link
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Meltdown and Spectre Linux Kernel Status

If your Linux systems are running a normal Linux distribution, go update your kernel. They should all have the updates in them already. And then keep updating them over the next few weeks, we are still working out lots of corner case bugs given that the testing involved here is complex given the huge variety of systems and workloads this affects. If your distro does not have kernel updates, then I strongly suggest changing distros right now...
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With Linux, You Don't Get One Kernel of Truth... You Get Many

As much as I love to poke at the inner workings of my computer, I'll admit that until recently, I didn't give much thought to which version of the Linux kernel my desktop system was running. For most desktop users, this isn't all that odd. Compatibility of kernel modules is often critical for servers and production systems, but day-to-day desktop usage doesn't change much from update to update. Two things motivated me to scrutinize the kern...
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Fedora 26: linux-firmware Security Update

LinuxSecurity.com: Microcode update for AMD cpus Original link
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How to Install Docker CE on Your Desktop

In the previous article, we learned some of the basic terminologies of the container world. That background information will come in handy when we run commands and use some of those terms in follow-up articles, including this one. This article will cover the installation of Docker on desktop Linux, macOS, and Windows, and it is intended for beginners who want to get started with Docker containers. The only prerequisite is that you are comfo...
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Fedora 27: electron-cash Security Update

LinuxSecurity.com: Updated to version 3.1.1 Fixes https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2702103.0 ---- Updated to version 3.1 Original link
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SuSE: 2018:0031-1: important: the Linux Kernel

LinuxSecurity.com: An update that solves 14 vulnerabilities and has three An update that solves 14 vulnerabilities and has three An update that solves 14 vulnerabilities and has three fixes is now available. fixes is now available. Original link
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New Open Source Mobile OS Puts Privacy Front and Center

A renowned Linux innovator has developed a new mobile operating system, called "Project eelo," in an effort to provide a level of data privacy that traditional Android and iOS devices fail to offer. The new eelo system will allow mobile phone users to regain control over their personal information at a price they can afford, said Gael Duval, who created Mandrake Linux back in 1998. Apple has become too expensive, too boring and is "going cr...
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The Best Linux Distributions for 2018

It’s a new year and the landscape of possibility is limitless for Linux. Whereas 2017 brought about some big changes to a number of Linux distributions, I believe 2018 will bring serious stability and market share growth—for both the server and the desktop. For those who might be looking to migrate to the open source platform (or those looking to switch it up), what are the best choices for the coming year? If you hop over to Distrowatch , ...
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This Week in Open Source News: Snow Science Benefits From Open Source, Linus Torvalds Weighs in on Linux-Intel Fix & More

This week in Linux and open source news, let it snow! Open source software is improving snow science, Linus Torvalds answers questions about the fix for Intel's security vulnerability, and more! Read on to stay in the know.  1) "Snow science recently took an about-face, thanks to the open-source software [project] known as SnowPilot." Open Source Software Improves Snow Research - Explore Big Sky 2) Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols talks with Linus...
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SciLinux: Important: libvirt on SL7.x x86_64

LinuxSecurity.com: An industry-wide issue was found in the way many modern microprocessordesigns have implemented speculative execution of instructions (a commonlyused performance optimization). There are three primary variants of theissue which differ in the way the speculative execution can be exploited.Variant CVE-2017-5715 triggers the speculative execution by utilizingbranch target injection. It relies on the presence of a precisely-de...
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How to Change Your Linux Console Fonts

I try to be a peaceful soul, but some things make that difficult, like tiny console fonts. Mark my words, friends, someday your eyes will be decrepit and you won't be able to read those tiny fonts you coded into everything, and then you'll be sorry, and I will laugh. Fortunately, Linux fans, you can change your console fonts. As always, the ever-changing Linux landscape makes this less than straightforward, and font management on Linux is n...
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Massive Intel Chip Security Flaw Threatens Computers

By Jack M. Germain Jan 3, 2018 2:45 PM PT A design flaw in all Intel chips produced in the last decade is responsible for a vulnerability that puts Linux, Windows and macOS-powered computers at risk, according to multiple press reports. The flaw reportedly is in the kernel that controls the chip performance, allowing commonly used programs to access the contents and layout of a computer's protected kernel memory areas. The Linux kernel comm...
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RedHat: RHSA-2018-0005:01 Important: eap7-jboss-ec2-eap security update

LinuxSecurity.com: An update for eap7-jboss-ec2-eap is now available for Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 7.0 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 7.0 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Original link
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7 Tips to Help Your Company Succeed in the Cloud

The growing footprints of public cloud providers are changing the way we view deploying and delivering digital services. This transformation was brought to light in a single sentence in an article  about transformations and change at Etsy: “The emphasis on go-it-alone craftsmanship meant Etsy managed its own data centers, instead of using more efficient options like Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud.” That statement is a reflection of the...
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