Issue #204 / Nov 2017

DVD: Manjaro Gnome 17.0 and Kubuntu 17.04

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Highlights:

This month we compare VirtualBox with the free version of VMware Workstation Player and explore the possibilities for modeling a network on a host computer with KVM and Qemu. Other highlights:

  • KolibriOS – a teeny tiny operating system that runs in memory and boots in 10 seconds or less.
  • Devuan 1.0 – Developers who didn’t like the switch to the systemd init forked Debian to found Devuan. We tour the first major release.

Check out LinuxVoice for a look at Minetest, the open source answer to the Minecraft phenomenon.

SERVICE: Welcome

On a Highway to …

The Internet is a vast and beautiful thing – our ancestors would be amazed. I probably wouldn't have my job without the Internet, and if you work with Linux, the chances are your job, either directly or indirectly, depends on the Internet as well.

SERVICE: This Month's DVD

Manjaro Gnome 17.0 (64-bit) and Kubuntu 17.04 (32-bit)

NEWS: News

Updates on technologies, trends, and tools

In the news: Reddit closing doors to open source, VMware brings its cloud to AWS, Gnome celebrates its 20th birthday, SQL Server comes to RHEL; OpenShift comes to Azure, and FDA recalls nearly half a million pacemakers over security concerns. 

NEWS: Kernel News

Zack Brown reports on container-aware cgroups, a different type of RAM chip on a single system, new SARA security framework, and improving GPIO interrupt handling.

: VirtualBox vs. VMware

Comparing VirtualBox and VMware Workstation Player

VirtualBox and VMware Workstation Player are popular virtualization options that won't cost you a penny. Which is best for you?

: KVM/Qemu

KVM virtualization with Qemu and Aqemu

KVM and Qemu provide a fast and powerful alternative to VirtualBox for virtualization in Linux.

: Virtual Test Network

Set up your own lab environment with KVM, Qemu, and Libvirt

If you don't have room on your desk for a whole laboratory of servers, simply hitch up a virtual playground on your own workstation.

REVIEWS: KolibriOS

Exploring the extra tiny KolibriOS

KolibriOS, written in assembler, is especially suited to very old hardware – it even fits on a floppy disk.

REVIEWS: Data Reconstruction

Tools for reconstructing deleted data

One false click can quickly delete important data, or even an entire partition. If a backup tool is missing, only a rescue specialist can help.

REVIEWS: Devuan 1.0.0

Devuan – Debian without systemd

In 2014, the Debian project decided to replace the old init system with systemd, but a small group of developers resisted, forking Debian to start the systemd-free Devuan. We decided to take a look at Devuan 1.0.0, the first stable release.

SYSADMIN: The sys admin's daily grind: Rclone

Drive-In

Having a good backup is a matter of course for sys admin columnist Charly K¸hnast, but devices could still fall victim to fire or theft some day. Because he has enough free space on Google Drive, he doesn't need to search long for a solution. The only thing missing is the right tool.

NEWS: Android in a Box

Android in an LXC container

Need Android apps in a separate window on the Linux desktop? Anbox is the answer. Unlike common Android emulators, the software relies on LXC containers and kernel namespaces. We tested the pre-alpha version.

PROGRAMMING: Programming Snapshot – Decision Trees

AI learning with decision trees

Decision trees help machines emulate human behavior. Thanks to artificial intelligence, programs can autonomously build decision trees by learning from existing real-life data. Can an AI system determine who was operating a particular vehicle by analyzing driving style?

: Open Hardware – Crowd Supply

Crowd Supply's roadmap to success

Crowdfunding open hardware makes it easier to realize your dreams, but the road to success has obstacles.

IN-DEPTH: Command Line – diff and merge

diff and merge

Diff and merge: They're not just for developers.

REVIEWS: Firefox 54 with Electrolysis

Mozilla adds multiprocessing with Electrolysis in Firefox 54

Developers are praising Firefox 54 as the "best Firefox ever." The revamped web browser adds multiprocessing and promises a significant boost in speed.

LINUX VOICE: Introduction

Introduction

This month in Linux Voice. 

LINUX VOICE: News

Can PatentLeft Save Us?

A hack on patent law, based on copyleft, could render patents useless.

LINUX VOICE: Free Software Principles

The Hero We Need

Malwaretech stood up for us. Now we should stand up for him.

LINUX VOICE: Minetest

Discover this open world, open source, Minecraft play-alike with giant maps and oodles of nifty features.

LINUX VOICE: FAQ – Arduino

Arduino

Break out of the cyber confines of your computer, and program the real world.

LINUX VOICE: Core Technologies – VM Instances

Bringing Up Clouds

VM instances in the cloud are different beasts, even if they start off as a single image. Discover how they get their configuration in this month's Core Technologies.

LINUX VOICE: Doghouse – Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

Virtual private cloud environments.

LINUX VOICE: FOSSPicks

Graham reviews the best free software, including OBS Studio 20, Green Recorder 3.0, gtop, Bitcoin Core v0.14.2, Natron, Solarus, and more!

LINUX VOICE: Tutorials – moreutils

Expand Your Command Line

Upgrade your Bash sessions with extra features and power.

LINUX VOICE: Tutorials – COBOL

The language that Refuses to Die

Despite being more than half a century old, COBOL is still in use. Explore this fascinating old-school language and see how it ticks.

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