Cover Theme: A New Approach to Regular Expressions
DVD Theme: CentOS 7 Release 1611 (64-bit Install) & Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon (32-bit Live)
Tired of composing and deciphering those weird, inscrutable strings of characters known as regular expressions? This month we show you Simple Regex Language (SRL), an innovative tool that lets you create regular expressions using simple English commands.
Other highlights within:
• Systemd Graphic Tools – You don’t need to be a command-line junkie to keep an eye on the systemd service manager. We show you some graphic front ends that offer a friendlier view (page 26).
• Amazon Echo’s Alexa – This month’s Programming Snapshot shows how you can teach the Alexa assistant that lives in your Amazon Echo some new tricks (page 46).
You’ll find more great articles in our Linux Voice section, including a practical lesson on network sniffers and a look at the free TensorFlow library for artificial intelligence applications.
Cover Theme: 4 Cool Desktop Tools
DVD Theme: Linux Mint 18.1 MATE (32-bit Live) & AryaLinux Builder 2017 (64-bit Live)
If you’re like many Linux users, that perfect desktop tool you really need does not always appear in your default configuration. The Linux repositories are a treasure trove of interesting and practical applications, and we highlight four in this issue: the Zim personal wiki, OnlyOffice, Getting Things Gnome, and Mozilla’s SeaMonkey Internet suite.
• Subgraph – a privacyconscious OS that doesn’t require an expert.
• AryaLinux – A Linux distro designed for users who want to roll their own system from source code.
You’ll find lots more in LinuxVoice, including a look at the Linux Embedded Development Environment and how it will shape the future of Linux routers.
Cover Theme: Wayland & Mir – The Future of Linux Graphics
DVD Theme: Parsix GNU/ Linux (64-bit, Live) and Debian 8.7 Jessie (32-bit, Install)
This month we show you why the X11 system that is the basis for Linux graphics might not be around much longer – and we explore a pair of alternatives that might replace it: Wayland and Mir.
• Web Traffic Tools – Use these free apps to optimize your search rank – without the privacy complications of working with Google (page 34).
• SSH Tricks – SSH is much more than a secure Telnet alternative (page 44).
Also, lots more at Linux Voice (page 65), including a look at process tracing, a study of some alternative free operating systems, and a tutorial on tiling window managers.
Cover Theme: Privacy – Safe surfing with Tails
DVD Theme: GeckoLinux (64-bit Live) and Android-x86 (32-bit Live)
This month you’ll learn about Tails – the easiest path to the Tor anonymity network – and you’ll discover some tools for private communication, including Signal and Bitmessage.
• KDE Connect – a cool tool for syncing your phone with the KDE desktop (page 48).
• Amazon Web Services run your homegrown programs in Amazon’s popular cloud (page 52).
Plus plenty more in LinuxVoice, including a look at what’s ahead for the Linux faithful in 2017 (page 63).
Cover Theme: Network Storage Distros – Who needs an expensive appliance?
DVD Theme: openSUSE Leap 42.2 (64-bit Install) and Fedora 25 Workstation (64-bit Live)
This month we show you how to set up a network-attached storage system with a Raspberry Pi and explore the latest release of KDE’s Plasma Desktop.
- Spam-Detecting Neural Network – Create a homebuilt neural network using Google’s TensorFlow library, and train it to look for spammers (page 37).
- Image Recognition – The Perlmeister extracts action sequences from surveillance videos using the OpenCV image recognition tool (page 52).
Also, lots more at Linux Voice, including a look at the innovative GoboLinux and a study of Linux auditing tools.
Cover Theme: Diaspora – Social Networking Without Big Brother or Big Data
DVD Theme: Ubuntu 16.10 Desktop and Ubuntu Mate 16.10 Desktop
This month we show you social networking the FOSS way with Diaspora and examine a couple Linux distros that will ease the transition from Windows to Linux.
- Debian LTS – the quintessential Free Linux gets long-term support – find out how they did it.
- Z-Wave – use this wireless IoT protocol to automate smart devices in your home.
Our friends at Linux Voice have another great issue, with tutorials on Wine and Collectd, as well as an illuminating look at 20 years of KDE.
Both projects help organizations build their own containerized systems.
Mark Shuttleworth has resumed the position of CEO of Canonical.
Microsoft's open source code hosting platform CodePlex will come to an end after a more than 10-year stint.
Comes with Gnome 3.24
The bug was introduced back in 2009 and has been lurking around all this time.
The new release deprecates the sshd_config UsePrivilegeSeparation option.
Lives on as a community project
Five new systems join Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition that come with Ubuntu pre-installed.
The Skype Linux client now has almost the same capabilities that it enjoys on other platforms.
At CeBIT 2017, OpenStack Day will offer a wide range of lectures and discussions.