Issue #167 / Oct 2014

DVD: Deepin 2014 and Ubuntu 14.04.01

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Approximate on sale dates:

  • UK/Europe: Sep 08
  • USA/Canada: Oct 03
  • Australia: Nov 03


This month we look at two intrusion detection tools to help keep your systems safe.

SERVICE: Welcome

RadioShack has dug itself into serious financial straits through the years by failing to stay with the times. When I was a kid, “Radio Shack” was a cool little store with lots of strange gadgets for electronics hobbyists and do-it-yourself home repair types. Any business that intentionally calls itself a “shack” is clearly trying to evoke an image, and the Radio Shack image was a preserve for the home inventor, laboring in a backyard shop, contentedly stringing wires and soldering connections amid piles of loose parts and circuit diagrams.

SERVICE: This Month's DVD

This months double-sided DVD features deepin 2014, an elegant and intuitive system built on Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 14.04.01. 

NEWS: Linux News

Updates on Technologies, Trends, and Tools

: Suricata

Protecting your network with the Suricata intrusion detection system

Snort isn't the only free intrusion detection tool in the barnyard. We'll show you a powerful and promising alternative known as Suricata.

: The New Snort

Exploring the latest version of Snort

Get ready for a bigger and better Snort. If you're used to protecting your systems with this trusty intrusion detection tool, you'll appreciate the new features in the latest version.

REVIEWS: Deepin Linux

New desktop: Deepin Desktop Environment

Gnome version  3 lost many friends, prompting Linux users to look for alternatives. The elegant and carefully crafted Deepin Linux pushes into the gap with a desktop that feels like a hybrid of Linux, Windows, and Mac  OS.

FEATURES: Clean System

Detoxing your operating system

Linux and many Internet services just love logging. To keep your system from putting on too much weight and wasting valuable disk space, we present an effective diet with guaranteed success.

FEATURES: Rescatux Rescue Disk

Repairing boot managers and more in Linux and Windows

If your computer fails to boot, you need a helping hand. Rescatux combines proven repair and rescue tools.

FEATURES: Git-annex Assistant

Synchronizing data with the Git-annex Assistant

Git-annex Assistant is a handy web interface that lets you use the power of Git to synchronize data across several computers.

FEATURES: Charly's Column: Shell In A Box

The sys admin's daily grind: Shell In A Box

At some point, any service that can't run fast enough will be put on the web. So, why not do this for remote login? With a little JavaScript and CSS wizardry, a software tool called "Shell In A Box" sends a shell to the browser.

FEATURES: Bash Tricks

Enhance and secure your Bash shells

The Bash shell is powerful and infinitely expressive. In this article we describe some tricky techniques you can use to enhance and customize your Bash environment.

FEATURES: Perl: Spotify

Archiving Spotify playlists

For a monthly fee, the Spotify streaming service beams music onto your desktop or phone. To intensify the groove, Perlmeister Mike Schilli archived his Spotify playlists for eternity using an OAuth-protected web API.


The versatile networkboot loader iPXE

iPXE simplifies the task of booting images over a network and also lets admins design dynamic boot menus that integrate scripts and boot images via HTTP(S).

FEATURES: Real-Time Monitoring Tools

Comparing the Top, Htop, Atop, and Glances system monitors

The Top system monitor is a useful aid for identifying system bottlenecks, and Htop, Atop, and Glances extend its possibilities.


Klaus Knopper answers your Linux questions

What’s new in Knoppix 7.4?

LINUXUSER: Workspace: Chrome Apps

Chrome open source apps and extensions

Transform the Chrome and Chromium browsers into productivity powerhouses with open source apps and extensions.


Synchronizing folders and files

Legacy backup programs are too heavyweight for a quick backup on the fly, but Synkron helps you keep smaller datasets in sync with just a couple of mouse clicks.

LINUXUSER: Command Line: YankRing

Copying and pasting with Vim and YankRing

With the YankRing plugin, Vim's yank and pull features become even more powerful.

LINUXUSER: Audex CD Ripper

Audex, the lean audio CD ripper

With the Audex CD ripper, you can start digitizing your personal music collection immediately.

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Doghouse: Blame Game

Who's to blame when products fail?

"maddog" takes exception to attempts to blame Open Source for some recent product failures.

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Event Report: Linux Bier Wanderung 2014

The Linux Beer Hike in Wales

Pretty little villages with unpronounceable names, cozy pubs, a beautiful countryside with canals, rivers, waterfalls, sheep, and hills – welcome to the annual Linux Beer Hike in Talybont-on-Usk, Wales.


Chronicler Zack Brown reports on the latest news, views, dilemmas, and developments within the Linux kernel community.

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Event Report: Texas Linux Fest 2014

In June, Linux users and developers gathered at the Austin Convention Center for Texas Linux Fest 2014.

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