Issue #204 / Nov 2017

DVD: Manjaro Gnome 17.0 and Kubuntu 17.04

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This month we compare VirtualBox with the free version of VMware Workstation Player and explore the possibilities for modeling a network on a host computer with KVM and Qemu. Other highlights:

  • KolibriOS – a teeny tiny operating system that runs in memory and boots in 10 seconds or less.
  • Devuan 1.0 – Developers who didn’t like the switch to the systemd init forked Debian to found Devuan. We tour the first major release.

Check out LinuxVoice for a look at Minetest, the open source answer to the Minecraft phenomenon.

SERVICE: Welcome

On a Highway to …

The Internet is a vast and beautiful thing – our ancestors would be amazed. I probably wouldn't have my job without the Internet, and if you work with Linux, the chances are your job, either directly or indirectly, depends on the Internet as well.

SERVICE: This Month's DVD

Manjaro Gnome 17.0 (64-bit) and Kubuntu 17.04 (32-bit)

NEWS: News

Updates on technologies, trends, and tools

In the news: Reddit closing doors to open source, VMware brings its cloud to AWS, Gnome celebrates its 20th birthday, SQL Server comes to RHEL; OpenShift comes to Azure, and FDA recalls nearly half a million pacemakers over security concerns. 

NEWS: Kernel News

Zack Brown reports on container-aware cgroups, a different type of RAM chip on a single system, new SARA security framework, and improving GPIO interrupt handling.

: VirtualBox vs. VMware

Comparing VirtualBox and VMware Workstation Player

VirtualBox and VMware Workstation Player are popular virtualization options that won't cost you a penny. Which is best for you?

: KVM/Qemu

KVM virtualization with Qemu and Aqemu

KVM and Qemu provide a fast and powerful alternative to VirtualBox for virtualization in Linux.

: Virtual Test Network

Set up your own lab environment with KVM, Qemu, and Libvirt

If you don't have room on your desk for a whole laboratory of servers, simply hitch up a virtual playground on your own workstation.


Exploring the extra tiny KolibriOS

KolibriOS, written in assembler, is especially suited to very old hardware – it even fits on a floppy disk.

REVIEWS: Data Reconstruction

Tools for reconstructing deleted data

One false click can quickly delete important data, or even an entire partition. If a backup tool is missing, only a rescue specialist can help.

REVIEWS: Devuan 1.0.0

Devuan – Debian without systemd

In 2014, the Debian project decided to replace the old init system with systemd, but a small group of developers resisted, forking Debian to start the systemd-free Devuan. We decided to take a look at Devuan 1.0.0, the first stable release.

SYSADMIN: The sys admin's daily grind: Rclone


Having a good backup is a matter of course for sys admin columnist Charly K¸hnast, but devices could still fall victim to fire or theft some day. Because he has enough free space on Google Drive, he doesn't need to search long for a solution. The only thing missing is the right tool.

: Android in a Box

Android in an LXC container

Need Android apps in a separate window on the Linux desktop? Anbox is the answer. Unlike common Android emulators, the software relies on LXC containers and kernel namespaces. We tested the pre-alpha version.

PROGRAMMING: Programming Snapshot – Decision Trees

AI learning with decision trees

Decision trees help machines emulate human behavior. Thanks to artificial intelligence, programs can autonomously build decision trees by learning from existing real-life data. Can an AI system determine who was operating a particular vehicle by analyzing driving style?

: Open Hardware – Crowd Supply

Crowd Supply's roadmap to success

Crowdfunding open hardware makes it easier to realize your dreams, but the road to success has obstacles.

IN-DEPTH: Command Line – diff and merge

diff and merge

Diff and merge: They're not just for developers.

REVIEWS: Firefox 54 with Electrolysis

Mozilla adds multiprocessing with Electrolysis in Firefox 54

Developers are praising Firefox 54 as the "best Firefox ever." The revamped web browser adds multiprocessing and promises a significant boost in speed.

LINUX VOICE: Introduction


This month in Linux Voice. 


Can PatentLeft Save Us?

A hack on patent law, based on copyleft, could render patents useless.

LINUX VOICE: Free Software Principles

The Hero We Need

Malwaretech stood up for us. Now we should stand up for him.


Discover this open world, open source, Minecraft play-alike with giant maps and oodles of nifty features.



Break out of the cyber confines of your computer, and program the real world.

LINUX VOICE: Core Technologies – VM Instances

Bringing Up Clouds

VM instances in the cloud are different beasts, even if they start off as a single image. Discover how they get their configuration in this month's Core Technologies.

LINUX VOICE: Doghouse – Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

Virtual private cloud environments.


Graham reviews the best free software, including OBS Studio 20, Green Recorder 3.0, gtop, Bitcoin Core v0.14.2, Natron, Solarus, and more!

LINUX VOICE: Tutorials – moreutils

Expand Your Command Line

Upgrade your Bash sessions with extra features and power.


The language that Refuses to Die

Despite being more than half a century old, COBOL is still in use. Explore this fascinating old-school language and see how it ticks.

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