Issue #275 / Oct 2023

DVD: AlmaLinux 9.2 and blendOS

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  • Australia: Nov 17


SERVICE: Welcome

Musical Chairs

Last month I used this space to talk about IBM/Red Hat's plan to restrict access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) source code. This eerie announcement, which seemed quite contrary to the ideals of free software, sent shock waves through the community.

SERVICE: This Month's DVD

AlmaLinux 9.2 and blendOS

NEWS: News

In the news: Nitrux 2.9.1 Available and Uses a Newer Linux Kernel; Zorin OS 16.3; Mageia 9 RC1; Linux Mint 21.2; AlmaLinux Will No Longer Aim for 1:1 RHEL Compatibility; Canonical Announces Real-Time Ubuntu for Intel Core; EU-US Data Privacy Framework Ensures Safe Data Transfers; and IEEE Releases New Standard for LiFi Communications.

NEWS: Kernel News

In kernel news: Heap Hardening Against Hostile Spraying; and Core Contention Improvements … or Not.

: Reverse Shells

Understanding reverse shells

Firewalls block shell access from outside the network. But what if the shell is launched from the inside?

: Privilege Escalation

Understanding privilege escalation

Even a small configuration error or oversight can create an opening for privilege escalation. These real-world escalation techniques will help you understand what to watch for.

: Local File Inclusion

Picking locks with local file inclusion

A local file inclusion attack uses files that are already on the target system.

: Compromising WordPress

How attackers slip inside WordPress

WordPress is an incredibly popular tool for building websites, and don't think the attackers haven't noticed. We'll show you what to watch for.

: Fedora

The old hat that's still new

Matthew Miller, Fedora Project Leader, discusses Fedora's relationship with Red Hat and its role in the Linux community.

IN-DEPTH: CardStock

Creating a graphical Python app with CardStock

CardStock provides a simple development environment for building a Python graphical application.

IN-DEPTH: More Than Adequate

Quality-testing for Debian packages

The adequate command-line tool helps users pinpoint problems with installed DEB packages.

IN-DEPTH: rename

Bulk renaming files with the rename command

The rename command is a powerful means to simultaneously rename or even move multiple files following a given pattern.

IN-DEPTH: Programming Snapshot – Go Network Diagnostics

Network diagnostics with Go

Why is the WiFi not working? Instead of always typing the same steps to diagnose the problem, Mike Schilli writes a tool in Go that puts the wireless network through its paces and helps isolate the cause.

: DietPi

DietPi lean server distribution

The DietPi minimalist distribution improves the performance of the Raspberry Pi and other single-board computers as servers and desktops and comes with more than 200 specially chosen applications and services.

: Gesture-Controlled Book

Use gestures to browse a document on your Raspberry Pi

Have you found yourself following instructions on a device for repairing equipment or been half-way through a recipe, up to your elbows in grime or ingredients, then needed to turn or scroll down a page? Wouldn't you rather your Raspberry Pi do the honors?

LINUX VOICE: Introduction

This month in Linux Voice and Elvie.

LINUX VOICE: maddog's Doghouse

From Contract Law to Copyright

The ideas about and methods for protecting software rights have evolved as computers have moved from expensive and relatively rare to far more affordable and ubiquitous.

LINUX VOICE: Command-Line Screenshot Tools

Screenshot tools for the command line

Linux is awash in desktop screenshot tools, but what if you want to take a quick screenshot from a terminal window?

LINUX VOICE: A Federated Reddit Alternative

The Fediverse's answer to Reddit

With Reddit closing off access to its API, it is time to look to the Fediverse for an alternative.


This month Graham looks at Gyroflow, gRainbow, Polyrhythmix, mfp, Mission Center, and more!

LINUX VOICE: On the Safe Side

Multifaceted backups with Kopia

Data deduplication, encryption, compression, incremental backups, error correction, and support for snapshots and popular cloud storage services: Kopia delivers.

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