Issue #209 / Apr 2018

DVD: Ubuntu 17.10 “Budgie” and TrueOS Desktop 17.12

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The release of Firefox 57 last November offered new hope that Mozilla's free browser was back at last and ready to compete with Chrome. This month we take up the challenge with a head-on performance comparison of Firefox 57 with Chrome, Vivaldi, and Opera. We also offer some tips on how to clean up the user data stored with your browser and how to configure custom privacy settings.

Elsewhere inside:

  • Kernel Protection – the Kernel Self-Protection initiative promotes safer coding practices for the Linux kernel community.
  • YouTube Metadata – write a script that changes your YouTube metadata automatically, allowing you to roll back to previous profile settings.

Check out MakerSpace for a look at how to control a maker project remotely with the Tkinter Python library, and join us at LinuxVoice for LFTP, the Compendium mind mapper, and more great FOSSPicks from Graham.

SERVICE: Welcome

Facebook has become a huge colossus in the advertising industry, sucking the air out of the ad market and seizing a gigantic market share with their low prices and fine-tuned demographic targeting. This tremendous surge has led to large profits and millions of paying ad customers. One customer that might not be paying for long is Unilever, a vast consumer conglomerate with properties like Lipton and Ben & Jerry’s. At the Interactive Advertising Bureau's annual leadership meeting in Palm Desert, California, Unilever spokesman Keith Weed denounced social media companies like Facebook for what he called an “erosion of trust”. 

SERVICE: This Month's DVD

Ubuntu 17.10 “Budgie” and TrueOS Desktop 17.12


In the news: LibreOffice 6.0 released; Red Hat acquires CoreOS; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 beta out; Torvalds Is not happy with Intel’s patch, calls it garbage; and more than 2,000 WordPress sites infected by malware. 

NEWS: Kernel News

Zack Brown discusses preventing the kernel from tainting, encrypting printk() output, and a new kernel bug reporting bot. 

NEWS: Interview – {code} Project’s Josh Bernstein

Close to the {code} with Dell’s Josh Bernstein

Dell’s expansive {code} project is a cornerstone of the company’s open source strategy. Dell Technologies VP Josh Bernstein talks about {code} and the value of open source.

NEWS: Web Performance

We compare four recent web browsers

Will the Firefox 57 “Quantum” release help Mozilla regain its former glory? We compare the latest Firefox with the Chrome, Opera, and Vivaldi browsers.

NEWS: Browser Cleanup

Customizing the way your browser stores and organizes data

Web browsers collect a large amount of data about the user’s browsing habits. If you care about privacy, you might want to clean up your browser and configure some custom privacy settings.

NEWS: Firefox in Transition

Mozilla reboots with Firefox 57

What’s new in Firefox 57 Quantum – and why does it matter so much?

REVIEWS: Font Management

Font management with current office suites

Users of contemporary office applications often want to do more than just compose letters or design simple flyers. But the well-known office suites on Linux sometimes make font management a test of patience, with the errors literally hidden in the details.

REVIEWS: NoMachine

NoMachine remote desktop solution on Linux

Need remote access to a PC? NoMachine offers this and much more.

: Kernel Protection

The Kernel Self-Protection project aims to make Linux more secure

Security vulnerabilities in the kernel often remain undetected. The kernel hacker initiative, Kernel Self-Protection, promotes safe programming techniques to keep attackers off the network, and, if they do slip through the net, mitigate the consequences.

NEWS: The sys admin’s daily grind: Sysdig

Alpha Beast

In this issue, sys admin columnist and tool veterinarian Charly Kühnast invites Sysdig, the jack-of-all-trades among system diagnostic tools, into his surgery for a quick checkup. The project promises to unite the functionality of lsof, iftop, netstat, tcpdump, and others.

: Serverless

Introducing the new serverless paradigm

Serverless computing takes cloud abstraction to a whole new level. Find out why more developers are turning to this exciting new programming paradigm.

: Command Line – Tilix

Getting started with the Tilix terminal emulator

A terminal emulator with innovative features makes working from the command line easier and more efficient.

NEWS: Programmatically change YouTube metadata

Film Maker

Instead of manually editing the metadata of YouTube movies, video craftsman Mike Schilli dips into YouTube’s API spell book and lets a script automatically do the work.

: Open Hardware – Ebook Publishing

Desktop tools for self publishing

LibreOffice, Calibre, and Sigil help would-be authors with do-it-yourself ebook publishing.

NEWS: Lakka

Retro games on the Raspberry Pi

With the right software, you can turn the Raspberry Pi into a versatile console for retro games.

NEWS: Python’s Tkinter Library

Control your Rasp Pi projects with Python’s Tkinter library

Use Tkinter to control your Rasp Pi projects from a smartphone or tablet.

LINUX VOICE: Introduction

This month in Linux Voice

LINUX VOICE: maddog’s Doghouse

When chips go bad

Chip replacement isn’t always the answer.


LFTP is an alternative to the FTP command set, which supports many protocols and offers countless parameters.

LINUX VOICE: Compendium

Compendium helps bring order to ideas and thoughts and link them to form a complex map from which you can derive arguments and decisions.


Graham Morrison looks at KIT Scenarist, Inboxer 1.0, Tungsten, rtl_433, Oil 0.3.0, Etcher 1.3.0, and more!

LINUX VOICE: Gobbling Up

Creating custom transitions with FFmpeg

Most video editors supply you with a generic catalog of transitions, usually in the shape of tired wipes and fades. But what if you wanted something a little more special? FFmpeg to the rescue.

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