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Fedora 24 review: The year’s best Linux distro is puzzlingly hard to recommend

posted onAugust 30, 2016
by l33tdawg

Fedora 24 is very near the best Linux distro release I've used, and certainly the best release I have tested this year. Considering 2016 has welcomed new offerings like Mint 18 and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, that says a great deal about the Fedora project's latest work. But like many Fedora releases before it, even Fedora 24 got off to a rocky start.

Linux bug leaves 1.4 billion Android users vulnerable to hijacking attacks

posted onAugust 15, 2016
by l33tdawg

An estimated 80 percent of Android phones contain a recently discovered vulnerability that allows attackers to terminate connections and, if the connections aren't encrypted, inject malicious code or content into the parties' communications, researchers from mobile security firm Lookout said Monday.

How To Remain (Mostly) Anonymous Online Using Linux

posted onAugust 8, 2016
by l33tdawg

Living in the Age of Information that we live in today brings great convenience and benefit along with great risks. On the one hand, humanity has access to basically the entirety of information and knowledge known in existence at the mere few clicks of a button; but on the other hand, this great power in the hands of a nefarious few can cause great destruction and misery if taken too far. In this article, I'll guide you through the possible steps to secure your private information online.

An Insider Scoop on Ubuntu 16.10 – Major Expectations

posted onJune 14, 2016
by l33tdawg

The Ubuntu Online Summit which went underway during the first week of May saw a lot of discussions and planning for Ubuntu 16.10. The three-day long event showed us some glimpses on what to expect from “Yakkety Yak“.

So to all those who missed out the event or eager to know more about the Ubuntu 16.10, here’s some sneak peek on the major expectations that is bound to come bundles with Ubuntu 16.10.

SELinux vs Systemd: What's Safer for Linux Servers?

posted onMay 13, 2016
by l33tdawg

Among the most disruptive changes in Linux over the last decade has been in the introduction and broad integration of the systemd init system into Linux.

In a keynote session at the CoreOS Fest in Berlin this week, Lennart Poettering, one of the lead developers of systemd, delivered a detailed technical keynote on some of the key parameters in systemd and how they can be used to secure Linux servers.

Torvalds on the Internet of Things: Security plays second fiddle

posted onMay 12, 2016
by l33tdawg

For the first time, Linus Torvalds has spoken at an embedded Linux conference, the Linux Foundation's 2016 Embedded Linux Conference & OpenIoT Summit.

It's not that embedded Linux hasn't been important before. Your DVRs and Wi-Fi routers almost certainly run Linux. What has changed is that the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming embedded Linux from being a topic only programmers could love to one everyone will be using soon.

Ubuntu 16.04 proves even an LTS release can live at Linux’s bleeding edge

posted onMay 12, 2016
by l33tdawg

A disappointing trend has become clear to Linux users in recent years. Whenever Canonical offers a new Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) release, it tends to be conservative in nature. (See our Ubuntu 14.04 review, which earned a "Missing the boat on big changes" headline.) Apparently no one wants to try to support a brand new, potentially buggy piece of code for half a decade.

Ubuntu 16.04 proves even an LTS release can live at Linux’s bleeding edge

posted onMay 11, 2016
by l33tdawg

A disappointing trend has become clear to Linux users in recent years. Whenever Canonical offers a new Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) release, it tends to be conservative in nature. (See our Ubuntu 14.04 review, which earned a "Missing the boat on big changes" headline.) Apparently no one wants to try to support a brand new, potentially buggy piece of code for half a decade.

Ubuntu 16.10 named Yakkety Yak

posted onApril 25, 2016
by l33tdawg

Ubuntu founder has always provided colorful codenames in alphabetical order and the 16.10 release, due out in in October 2016 will be no exception. Last week, Ubuntu 16.04 the Xenial Xerus, debuted so its now time to pick the 'Y' name.

Unlike so many of the past African animal chosen as Ubuntu release mascots, Ubuntu 16.10 will actually be named for one i know - a Yak.

"Y is for …Yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yak. Naturally," Mark Shuttleworth announced.