Issue #180 / Nov 2015

DVD: Ubuntu Studio 15.04 and Arch Linux 2015.09.01

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In this issue we look at cloud tools for the corporate network.

SERVICE: Welcome

New and Old

Law enforcement officers in Japan recently indicted former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpelès. The leader of the now-defunct Bitcoin repository has been in custody since June as investigators consider what might have happened to more than $183 million in lost Bitcoin funds.


Ubuntu Studio 15.04 and Arch Linux 2015.09.01

NEWS: Linux News

Updates on technologies, trends, and tools


Tested – Free cloud storage software Pydio

Pydio is a free software solution trying to establish itself among cloud storage solutions such as ownCloud or proprietary services like Dropbox for synchronizing data across several computers and sharing folders with colleagues or friends.

COVER STORIES: Getting Started with CloudStack

Climbing into the cloud with Apache CloudStack

Everybody's talking about the OpenStack cloud, but many users prefer Apache's CloudStack – another open source cloud system with a long history and a more unified design.

COVER STORIES: Comparing Cloud Providers

Sizing up some typical cloud storage providers

Many companies now offer data storage in the cloud. We tested seven alternatives with a close look at security features.

REVIEWS: Tool Tips

Tool tests on the fast tracks

Tools tested: MenuMaker, CLOC, ddrescueview, Hiawatha,, and XDM.

FEATURES: Single Sourcing in Writer

One LibreOffice document for multiple uses

With a little planning and a few LibreOffice tricks, you can create one document that contains text customized for various end users.

PROGRAMMING: Perl – Build a Sniffer

Perl script as a sniffer with built-in statistics

If you need to browse through packets rushing by on the local network, Wireshark provides a useful service. But, if you prefer to build your own tools, why not use the command-line version, TShark, and a terminal-friendly Curses UI?

FEATURES: Ask Klaus!

Klaus Knopper answers your Linux questions

Klaus Knopper answers your Linux questions.

SYSADMIN: Charly's Column – paping

The sys admin's daily grind – paping

Like every sys admin, Charly occasionally throws a pebble at a machine to see if it is still alive. If the other end does not respond to the ping, that does not always mean it's dead. Maybe the pebble just missed.

FEATURES: chkrootkit

Root out rootkits

Detect rootkits, worms, and other malware with chkrootkit.

FEATURES: Performance Tools

Performance analysis with iostat, sar, Ksar, collectd, and serverstats

We describe five tools you can use to monitor and troubleshoot your system's performance.


Lost and Found

KDE's unofficial search engine may be the most usable choice of all.

LINUXUSER: Syncthing

Synchronizing data between computers and mobile devices using Syncthing

Syncthing is a free alternative to BitTorrent Sync for synchronizing data on computers and mobile devices.

LINUXUSER: Command Line – Magic Rescue

Recovering files with Magic Rescue

The Magic Rescue recovery utility saves corrupt or deleted files by reading a file's magic number.

LINUXUSER: Workspace – Scribus

Scribus basics

Despite its deceptively simple appearance, Scribus packs serious power. We can help you get started with this desktop publishing powerhouse.


Display complex PDF documents with MuPDF

PDFs with many hundreds of pages and equal numbers of images can easily bring PDF viewers such as Okular or Evince to their knees. In contrast, MuPDF puts even the thickest digital tomes on your screen in the blink of an eye.

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Event Report – LinuxCon NA 2015

LinuxCon North America 2015

The home turf of Microsoft was invaded by Linux enthusiasts for three days of keynotes, talks, and community.

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Doghouse – Computer Design

Balancing materials, power, and cost in modern computer design

"maddog" looks at the idea of balance in modern computer design – the trade-offs that must be made by designers to meet changing requirements.

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Event Report – Linux Bier Wanderung 2015

The Linux Beer Hike in Luxembourg

Wiltz is located in the heart of the Ardennes Forest. The small city turned out to be an ideal location for the LBW. It offered a good hall with plenty of room for workshops and talks, the National Museum of the Art of Brewing, and plenty of hiking trails.

: Kernel News

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

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