Issue #196 / Mar 2017

DVD: GeckoLinux (64-bit Live) and Android-x86 (32-bit Live)

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  • Australia: Apr 03

Highlights:

This month you’ll learn about Tails – the easiest path to the Tor anonymity network – and you’ll discover some tools for private communication, including Signal and Bitmessage.

Other Highlights:

• KDE Connect – a cool tool for syncing your phone with the KDE desktop (page 48).

• Amazon Web Services run your homegrown programs in Amazon’s popular cloud (page 52).

Plus plenty more in LinuxVoice, including a look at what’s ahead for the Linux faithful in 2017 (page 63).

SERVICE: Welcome

Will Someone?

One of the more interesting news items that crossed my desk – or my desktop, as in Mate, since loose papers don't really fly through my office like they used to, was a quote from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise's CEO Meg Whitman, "AI and robots? Will someone think of the jobs?"

SERVICE: This Month's DVD

GeckoLinux (64-bit Live) and Android-x86 (32-bit Live)

NEWS: News

Red Hat Linux releases RHEL 6.9 Beta; SUSE working on a new operating system called MicroOS; Critical security holes found in PHP 7; New Android malware discovered; Serious bug found in Ubuntu.

NEWS: Kernel News

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

NEWS: Interview – Meet Jim Zemlin

Swimming with the Poets

Jim Zemlin has directed the Linux Foundation since 2007, when the foundation began with the merger of the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG). Today the Linux Foundation has gone beyond Linux and become a huge umbrella that houses many open source projects that are critical to our economy and society.

: Anonymous Surfing with Tails

Better privacy with Tails

The Tails Live Linux distribution provides privacy-conscious users with easy access to the Tor network for anonymous surfing.

: Turris Omnia

An open source router built for security

Home routers are known for weak security. Turris Omnia is an attempt to build a better router through the power of open source.

: Signal Private Messenger

The Signal messenger app encrypts voice and text messages

Signal is an efficient private messenger app that encrypts voice and text messages, integrates easily into existing interfaces, and places all communications in a single display.

: Inventory Tools

Inventory software on Linux

As a network grows in size, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep track of hardware, software, licenses, and infrastructure. Inventory solutions can provide significant relief.

SYSADMIN: Charly's Column – SparkFun

The sys admin's daily grind: SparkFun

Is your neighbor burning the wrong kind of wood or did a couple of VWs just pass by your house? Charly finds out with a sensor. For an attractive approach to visualizing boring measurement figures, you can either use your own web server or rely on a specialized service like SparkFun.

: Bitmessage

Social networking the FOSS way

Forget email: Bitmessage harnesses the power of public key cryptography to create a decentralized, trustless P2P communications protocol. Messages are virtually impossible to spoof or tap.

: KDE Connect

KDE Connect links Android with the Plasma desktop

KDE Connect bridges the gap between mobile devices and the KDE desktop, allowing the exchange of notifications, files, and URLs between devices.

PROGRAMMING: Programming Snapshot – Amazon Web Services

Set up Amazon Web Services

When applications run in a cloud system on Amazon Web Services, operators can forget management worries and concentrate instead on the essence of the app. Codemeister Mike Schilli performs the basic setup of the web service in the first part of this workshop.

LINUXUSER: Command Line – Package Management

Fixing broken packages in Debian systems

When human error stumps the Debian package manager, familiar tools like apt-get, aptitude, and dpkg can help restore functionality.

LINUXUSER: Expose

Static galleries with Expose

Expose offers a wide range of configurable options for publishing static photo and video galleries in an easy-to-use tool.

LINUX VOICE: Introduction

Introduction

What does the word Linux mean to you?

LINUX VOICE: 2017 – The best year ever for Linux

2016 was a wild ride – and 2017 promises to deliver even more FOSS goodness.

LINUX VOICE: Doghouse – FOSS Cooperativism

FOSS Cooperativism

Cooperatives have a lot of power and flexibility that other business models lack. FOSS projects have leveraged this structure to create valuable and lasting products.

LINUX VOICE: Cloud Hosting

Free Software misses an opportunity.

LINUX VOICE: FAQ – CyanogenMod's successor

Lineage OS

CyanogenMod is dead. Long live Lineage.

LINUX VOICE: Core Technologies

IPv6 in Linux

IPv6 is the future of the Internet, and it promises many goodies. Discover what your Linux box can do about it today.

LINUX VOICE: FOSSPicks

Sparkling gems and new releases from the world of Free and Open Source Software

LINUX VOICE: Tutorials – lnav

Understanding System Services with lnav

See what's going on in the background of your Linux box by analyzing the logfiles.

LINUX VOICE: Tutorials – Build the Linux Kernel

Your very own Linux, Have It Your Way

Get a super-customized Linux installation by configuring and compiling the kernel with just the features you need.

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