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October 2015 Issue of Linux Journal: Raspberry Pi

A Tasty Slice of Awesome

I love the flavor of raspberries, but quite honestly, the seeds gross me out. more>>

System Status as SMS Text Messages

If you're paying really close attention, you'll remember that in my last article, I was exploring the rudiments of a script that would accept a list of words as input and create a word search grid, suitable for printing. more>>

Libreboot on an X60, Part I: the Setup

Recently I wrote a review for the Linux Journal Web site on the Purism Librem 15 laptop. The goal of this laptop is to provide a piece of modern hardware that can run 100% free software not just for the OS, but also all device drivers and firmware up to and including the BIOS. more>>

New Products

Please send information about releases of Linux-related products to newproducts@linuxjournal.com or New Products c/o Linux Journal, PO Box 980985, Houston, TX 77098. Submissions are edited for length and content.

Vagrant Simplified

I admit it, some tools confuse me. I know they must be amazing, because programs don't get popular by being dumb (well, reality TV, but that's another story). I have the same sort of confusion with Vagrant that I have with Wine, Docker, Chef and countless other amazing tools people constantly rave about. So in this article, I'm going to break down Vagrant into its simplest form. more>>

Bluetooth Hacks

Connect to the Internet, work with your files, lock your workspace, listen to music and do so much more with the help of Bluetooth technology. more>>

Disney's Linux Light Bulbs (Not a "Luxo Jr." Reboot)

Last week, Disney announced its latest project: Linux Light Bulbs. Although it sounds like an adorable animated feature starring our favorite OS, it's actually an exciting new networking technology. Of course, Linux plays a central role. more>>

Linux and the Internet of Things

I wake up in the middle of the night, mouth parched and vision blurry, and fumble around to find my iPhone. I press my thumb to the fingerprint scanner, and in the dim blue light, just out of instinct, I squint at the screen, find the right app, open it, and check the ambient temperature and air quality indoors. more>>

iTVMediaCenter: Scam or Brilliance?

The folks at iTVMediaCenter recently contacted me about their one-stop-shop solution for cord-cutters. For $14.99, they sell a program that consolidates tons of on-line media into a central location so you can watch it on demand. The problem is, it looks like the application does little more than open the same Web sites you can open with a browser. more>>

Finite-Element Methods for PDEs

One of the common classes of equations that is encountered in several branches of science is partial differential equations. So in this article, I look at a software package called FreeFem++ that is designed to help you calculate these partial differential equations. more>>

Debian Project Aims to Keep the CIA Off Our Computers

Debian Project Aims to Keep the CIA Off Our Computers

Lunar, one of the lead developers on the Debian ReproducibleBuilds project, has recently outlined a serious security hole that could impact all open-source software, including most Linux distributions. It potentially exposes users to unwanted scrutiny from third parties, including security agencies. His project is designed to close this hole.


SUSE – “Will not diverge from its Open Source roots!”

No one had a busier LinuxCon show than the folks at SUSE. Yet still they were gracious enough, and care enough about the community, to sit down for a talk with Linux Journal. more>>

BitTorrentSync: Dropbox for Nerds

It's not really fair to compare Dropbox directly with BitTorrentSync. First of all, my title implies Dropbox is somehow inferior. To be honest, I haven't found anything that works as smoothly as Dropbox when it comes to sync reliability and ease of installation. That said, although it has incredible strengths, it also has a few shortcomings. more>>

GeekGuides Practical books for the most technical people on the planet

New GeekGuides: DIY Commerce Site and Combating Infrastructure Sprawl

GeekGuides are practical (and free!) books for the most technical people on the planet. Newly available books include:


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