Security

Google Chrome's Ad Filtering, Intel Expands Bug Bounty Program, GNOME 3.28 Beta and More

News briefs for February 15, 2018.

Starting today, Google Chrome will begin removing ads from sites that don't follow the Better Ads Standards. For more info on how Chrome's ad filtering will work, see the Chromium blog. more>>

Shell Scripting and Security

Basic ways you can use shell scripts to monitor password strength and secret accounts. more>>

diff -u: Adding Encryption to printk()

When is security not security? When it guards against the wrong people or against things that never happen. A useless security measure is just another batch of code that might contain an exploitable bug. So the Linux developers always want to make sure a security patch is genuinely useful before pulling it in. more>>

For Open-Source Software, the Developers Are All of Us

"We are stronger together than on our own." This is a core principle that many people adhere to in their daily lives. Whether we are overcoming adversity, fighting the powers that be, protecting our livelihoods or advancing our business strategy, this mantra propels people and ideas to success. more>>

Meltdown/Spectre Status for Red Hat and Oracle

The Red Hat family of operating systems addressed Meltdown and Spectre in its v3.10 kernel quickly, but relied too much upon Intel's flawed microcode and was forced to revert from a complete solution. more>>

Spectre/Meltdown Updates, Skype Snap, Red Hat's Open Brand Project and Happy Birthday to the Open Source Initiative!

News updates for February 2, 2018

The AV-TEST Institute tweeted yesterday that it has discovered 139 samples that appear to be related to recently reported CPU vulnerabilities due to the Meltdown and Spectre exploits. more>>

KDE Plasma 5.12, Btrfs Improvement, Linux Support for Wacom SmartPad Devices and More

News updates for January 30, 2018.

Interested in giving KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS Desktop a spin (currently in beta)? Look no further than the latest snapshot releases of OpenSUSE Tumbleweed. more>>

Rapid, Secure Patching: Tools and Methods

Generate enterprise-grade SSH keys and load them into an agent for control of all kinds of Linux hosts. Script the agent with the Parallel Distributed Shell (pdsh) to effect rapid changes over your server farm. more>>

Linux 4.15 Kernel, GCC, LinuxBoot Project and More Cryptojacking

News briefs for January 29, 2018.

The good: the Linux 4.15 kernel officially has been released. View the diff here, and also see the Linux Kernel Archives for more info. more>>

Advice for Buying and Setting Up Laptops When You're Traveling or On-Call

Why stress over losing that expensive personal or work laptop? Buy a cheap one for risky situations.

In a previous article, I wrote about how to prepare for a vacation so you aren't disturbed by a work emergency. As part of that article, I described how to prepare your computer: more>>

Mycroft Mark II, Chronicle, Intel and Bionic Beaver

News briefs for January 26, 2018.

The Mycroft Mark II Open Source Voice Assistant (that doesn't spy on you) just launched on Kickstarter. Mycroft source code is available on GitHub. more>>

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