Issue #172 / Mar 2015
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Hadoop version 2 has transitioned from an application to a powerful Big Data platform. Take a swim in the data lake.
How many patents are enough? Or perhaps more importantly, how many patents can be squeezed from one body of knowledge when you're basically doing what everyone else is doing? These questions are fresh in mind as I read the report at eWeek stating that IBM set a new record by receiving 7,534 patents in 2014, the 22nd year in a row that IBM has topped the list for most patents.
SERVICE: This Month's DVD
Fedora 21 and Openwall
Updates on Technologies, Trends, and Tools
COVER STORIES: Hadoop 2 and Apache Spark
Of lakes and sparks – How Hadoop 2 got it right
Hadoop version 2 has transitioned from an application to a Big Data platform. Reports of its demise are premature at best.
COVER STORIES: Nmon
All-purpose admin tool
Administrators often assume that if all nodes are functioning, the system is fine. However, a common problem is poor or unexpected application performance. In this case, you need a simple tool to help you understand what's happening on the nodes: nmon.
REVIEWS: Gimp 2.9
Gimp 2.9 – A sneak preview of the next major version
The Gimp revamp is in full swing. We look at developer version 2.9.1 to explain the new components and features that are expected to find their way into the Gimp 2.10 major release.
REVIEWS: Fedora 21
Exploring the new Fedora 21
Fedora 21 appears with a new vision and some interesting new tools for developers and system administrators.
FEATURES: Swiss File Knife
Platform-independent toolkit – Swiss File Knife
Swiss File Knife replaces more than 100 individual command-line tools at once, but it still fits on a USB stick and runs on all major operating systems.
FEATURES: Semplice Linux
Lean Debian derivative Semplice Linux
Semplice is a fast and simple desktop system that avoids the clunky, stripped-down look associated with many "lean" Linux distros.
Lock down your logfiles with logrotate
The simple act of logging can create management and storage nightmares. Logrotate brings creative solutions to your logging needs.
FEATURES: Next Gen Distributions
GoboLinux, NixOS, and Bedrock flourish undercover
With systemd poised to revolutionize the init process, we look at Linux distributions that have left the familiar path, use new approaches and techniques, and are paving the way for the next generation of Linux distros.
FEATURES: Ask Klaus!
Klaus Knopper answers your Linux questions
Backing up and restoring your system using Systemback
At the push of a button, Systemback backs up or clones the complete current system and can restore it as required.
PROGRAMMING: Perl: Rain Checker
Perl checks for rain and issues umbrella warning
A Perl script that retrieves the current weather forecast at dawn helps the Perlmeister decide whether to run the risk or take an umbrella just in case.
SYSADMIN: Charly's Column: Metasploitable
The sys admin's daily grind – Metasploitable
If you mess around with a pen-testing tool on your own network, you might survive the consequences, but chances are you'll take the prize for outstanding recklessness. Charly has some advice: Use Metasploitable, perhaps the most broken Linux ever.
FEATURES: Tuning Your SSD
Getting the best performance from solid state drives on Linux
Nothing accelerates a PC like transitioning to an SSD, but some special configuration might be in order if you want to get the most from your drive.
LINUXUSER: Workspace: phpMyFAQ
Create a knowledgebase with phpMyFAQ
Transform information into knowledge by deploying a phpMyFAQ-based database of frequently asked questions.
LINUXUSER: LibreOffice Draw
Create vector graphics with LibreOffice Draw
The LibreOffice suite is best known for its word processing and spreadsheet applications. However, LibreOffice also comes with Draw – an excellent vector drawing program.
LINUXUSER: Command Line: Vim Plugins
Managing Vim plugins
Managing plugins is a requirement for Vim users, and plugin managers can make the task easier. We look at four options.
LINUXUSER: Task Coach
Tracking appointments and tasks with Task Coach
The legacy handwritten diary has outlived its usefulness. Task Coach helps you organize your tasks and appointments.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: KDE Productivity
Enhancing your work habits with KDE
KDE extends the concept of the desktop with innovations that can significantly enhance your productivity.
COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Doghouse: Higher Education
The rise and fall of technical colleges
"maddog" discusses some of the benefits of affordable technical education.
HP's annual Cyber Risk report offers a bleak look at the state of IT.
But what do the big numbers really mean?
.NET Core execution engine is the basis for cross-platform .NET implementations.
The Xnote trojan hides itself on the target system and will launch a variety of attacks on command.
Spammers go low-volume, and 90% of IE browsers are unpatched.
Adobe scrambles to release patches for vulnerable Flash Player.
Four-inch-long computer on a stick lets you boot a full Linux system from any HDMI display device.
New statute would require companies to report break-ins to consumers.
Weird data transfer technique avoids all standard security measures.
FIDO alliance declares the beginning of the end for old-style login authentication.