Issue #208 / Mar 2018

DVD: Fedora 27 Workstation (64-bit) and NetBSD 7.1.1

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This month we present some interesting utilities for enhancing your command-line experience. Other highlights include:

* YunoHost -- A cool Linux alternative that easily installs an array of important server applications.

* Lightpack -- Check out this weird technology that lights up the wall behind your TV.

Over at LinuxVoice, you'll learn about the new apt package tool and how it differs from apt-get. We'll also show you how to calibrate your monitor with DisplayCAL.

SERVICE: Welcome

Remembering the Rule

The recent action by the US Federal Communications Commission to reverse previous policy and rescind net neutrality received lots of attention. Of course the geeks didn't like it, but a sizable majority of ordinary citizens didn't like it much either.

SERVICE: This Month's DVD

Fedora 27 and NetBSD 7.1.1

NEWS: News

Updates on technologies, trends, and tools

Dell kickstarts 2018 with a brand new Linux laptop, Linus Torvalds rips Intel for meltdown and Spectre flaws, LibreOffice-based CODE 3.0 released, Google announces Kubeflow to bring Kubernetes to machine learning, and a critical flaw in phpMyAdmin. 

NEWS: Kernel News

Zack Brown discusses implementing digital rights management in-kernel, improving lighting controls, and updating printk().

: Terminal Tuning

Useful helpers for the shell

Some users have been working at the command line for years and wouldn't change a thing about it, but others ride a wave of constant innovation. We explore some helpful tools for extending and expanding your shell experience.


Self-hosting solution YunoHost for the private cloud

YunoHost offers a wide range of services on a proven Debian platform that you can host yourself.

REVIEWS: Fedora 27

What's new in Fedora 27

Fedora Linux is a favorite of developers, sys admins, and other tech-savvy users. The new release sports a new Gnome and other useful enhancements.

REVIEWS: To-Do Managers

To-do managers regulate appointments and tasks

Busy people often keep busy calendars full of appointments and tasks. In order to keep an eye on things, Linux to-do-managers help manage the clutter in a controlled way.

IN-DEPTH: Command Line – unoconv

Customizing file formats with unoconv

A hidden utility in the LibreOffice toolbox, unoconv offers a wide array of import and export filter options for use at the command line.

IN-DEPTH: Servile Guardian

Home network monitoring with pfSense, Protectli, and a screen scraper

What is making the lights on the router flicker so excitedly? An intruder? We investigate with pfSense on a Protectli micro appliance and a screen scraper to email the information.

IN-DEPTH: BackBox Linux


Specializing in security and forensics, BackBox Linux is not only good for a vulnerability assessment, but thanks to its lean substructure, it is also suitable as a desktop distribution.

IN-DEPTH: The sys admin's daily grind: Tsung

More Lust for Load

How many users can the database take? When does a CMS throw in the towel? In order to explore performance limits, Charly Kühnast uses the Tsung load generator instead of human users as beta testers.

: Lightpack

Raspberry Pi media center with DIY ambient light

Ambilight lights up the wall behind Philips TVs with LEDs mounted on the device to enhance the onscreen visual impression. With Lightpack and a Rasp Pi media center, every TV can be upgraded with ambient light.

: KiCad

Design printed circuit boards with KiCad

KiCad helps you design printed circuit boards with up to 32 layers, checks for optimal placement, and supplies schematics and assembly diagrams in the popular Gerber format for submission to PCB manufacturers.

: Open Hardware – eelo

Free-licensed and secure phones

With the eelo project, Gaël Duval has big plans for a free-licensed phone, with an accompanying app store and online services.

LINUX VOICE: Introduction

This month we introduce you to apt and show you some of the differences between apt and apt‑get. We also show you how to profile a monitor for better color reproduction, and we delve into a little known utility called USB/ IP that lets you access USB-connected devices attached to other computers on your network.

LINUX VOICE: Doghouse – Security

Meltdown and Spectre

A serious security problem requires your attention.

LINUX VOICE: apt vs. apt-get

The apt command-line utility is a successor to the well known apt-get, offering simpler installation and maintenance for the DEB packages used with Debian, Ubuntu, Knoppix, and many other Linux distros.


Color Coordinated with DisplayCAL

If you work with digital images, you know the colors on your monitor don't always match what you see in real life. If you're looking for a more accurate representation of color, try calibrating and profiling your monitor using a colorimeter and DisplayCAL.


Ocenaudio 3.3.6, Otter Browser, Joplin, WeeChat 2.0, Mailspring, Siril 0.9.7, SuperTuxKart 0.9.3, and more!


Finders, Keepers

The Linux kernel has many interesting but unknown services. USB/IP, in particular, is one that you'll probably wonder why you have never encountered. USB/IP lets you use USB devices connected to other machines on your network as if they were plugged directly into your computer.

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