Issue #165 / Aug 2014
DVD: Linux Mint 17
Approximate on sale dates:
- UK/Europe: Jul 07
- USA/Canada: Aug 01
- Australia: Sep 01
This month, we compare some leading Linux filesystems. We also show how to set up a storage cluster in the cloud, and we explore the userspace filesystem SSHFS.
It is no secret that Ubuntu isn't the coolest, new-kid-on-the-block distro sensation anymore – actually that news is already a few years old. Still, Ubuntu has kept itself in the headlines with community dramas, desktop debates, and a crowd-funding effort to launch a mobile phone. The Ubuntu vision is so vast and enthralling that it is hard for the press – and the Ubuntu management – to let it go: a single unifying Linux popping up on phones, tablets, desktops, servers, and other devices that no one has even invented yet.
NEWS: This Month's DVD
The new Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon Edition long-term support release offers five years of upgrades, tweaks, improvements, and stability through 2019. Mint 17 has spiffed up its appearance and made changes so apps launch faster and use fewer resources.
Updates on technologies, trends, and tools
NEWS: Choose a Filesystem
Comparing the ext3, ext4, XFS, and Btrfs filesystems
Ceph and OpenStack join forces
When building cloud environments, you need more than just a scalable infrastructure, you also need a high-performance storage component. We look at Ceph, a distributed object store and filesystem that pairs well in the cloud with OpenStack.
Combining directories from multiple servers on a single mountpoint
REVIEWS: Manjaro and Antergos
Exploring Arch derivatives Antergos and Manjaro
Manjaro and Antergos put the power of Arch Linux in a beginner-friendly form.
FEATURES: Baloo: KDE Semantic Search
A new semantic search engine for the KDE desktop
FEATURES: Ask Klaus!
Klaus Knopper answers your Linux questions.
FEATURES: KDE SC 5
Exploring the next generation KDE desktop
The KDE desktop has at least a thousand tweaks for configuring your user interface down to the tiniest detail. KDE SC 5, the next generation K desktop, will be no exception.
FEATURES: Google Translate CLI
Google Translate CLI: Translating at the command line
If you regularly work in a terminal and need to translate sections of text, you can run the Google Translate CLI tool to avoid annoying changes to the browser window.
High-resolution network monitoring with ping
The Pinger network monitoring tool uses ping to look for switches and estimate cable lengths.
FEATURES: Charly's Column: iWatch
The sys admin's daily grind: iWatch
PROGRAMMING: Calculating Probability
To tackle mathematical problems with conditional probabilities, math buffs rely on Bayes' formula or discrete distributions, generated by short Perl scripts.
FEATURES: Pipelight: Using Silverlight on Linux
Video-on-demand services often don't play well with Linux because they depend on Microsoft's Silverlight browser plugin. Luckily, you can call on the Wine offshoot Pipelight to rescue your next home movie night.
LINUXUSER: Command Line: Debootstrap
Using debootstrap and schroot to run a chroot jail
We provide basic instructions for using Debian's debootstrap to create a schroot jail for building and testing packages.
LINUXUSER: Sunflower File Manager
Sunflower – A small, highly configurable file manager
Sunflower is a highly configurable graphical file manager with two windows that implement an unusual concept by trying to integrate the command line with the file manager.
LINUXUSER: Workspace: Photo Helpers
Entangle, Rapid Photo Downloader, and GTKRawGallery
Capture, transfer, process, and manage photos using the Entangle, Rapid Photo Downloader, and GTKRawGallery applications.
USB flash drives with Live Lernstick distro deliver educational software in schools
The Lernstick free distribution provides a unified and mobile environment for students and teachers. At home or in the classroom, you always have access to the same programs.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Kernel News
Chronicler Zack Brown reports on the latest news, views, dilemmas, and developments within the Linux kernel community.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Doghouse: Reusing Hardware
Examining the costs of reusing old hardware
"maddog" takes a look at some of the costs, as well as advantages and disadvantages, of refurbishing old hardware.
Should you trust an online service to store your online passwords?
New B+ board lets you build cool things without the complication of a powered USB hub.
Redmond rushes in to root out alleged malware haven.
New initiative will bring futuristic virtual reality effects to the web surfing experience.
Dyreza malware launches a man-in-the-middle attack that compromises SSL.
New cloud combines worldwide access with local attention to data security.
FOSS community acts to protect freedom of choice for laptop devices.
Authorities in 16 countries take action against users of the imfamous BlackShades malware tool.